The ballot police want a picture-perfect populace

Perhaps it was providential that in going through my political memorabilia I came across one of my old poll-tax receipts. Maybe it will be useful if the so called “ballot integrity” police get their way.

No, they say, poll-tax receipts will be out, but government-issued photo ID will be in. Is a front view suitable or a side view?

Both, maybe. The ballot police say it’s a crisis and we need a picture-perfect populace at the polls to stop it. But where’s the crisis? There hasn’t been one case of false identification ever discovered at the polls — certainly not in Mississippi.

Sun Herald
1/3/12