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INTENTIONS
Noemi | Lafayette, IN | July 25, 2012

If you do not have a photo ID it can be difficult to even get to the places you are required to go to in order to get one. Some must take time off from work to do this during business hours; some have no transportation to often widely-spaced facilities; some are squeezed between work and child care. If voter ID supporters were really interested in making sure all eligible voters could vote, they'd be running ID sign-up campaigns along with the new laws. But Republicans have made it pretty clear what their real intentions are.

THE POINT
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | July 25, 2012

Opposing Voter ID right now has little to do with whether it's a good idea. It's a good idea. But the hoops you have to jump through to get an ID make it a smokescreen for voter suppression. People who don't realize that are kidding themselves. Right now -- a scant few months before an election -- is a heck of a time to roll out new rules that keep longtime legal voters from participating in the next election if they can't easily come up with the types of verification that the laws stipulate. And it takes time for all these people to get those IDs, while some of them don't have much free time from their multiple low-paying jobs to go get them, even if they do have all the paperwork they need in order to "qualify."

My grandmother was born in the upstairs bedroom of the family home. She had no birth certificate, just a baptismal certificate from the parish priest. When she wanted to travel to Italy, she had to collect affidavits from a slew of people to attest to the fact that she was a natural-born citizen and entitled to a passport. One of the people who certified her was the head of the local Republican Party -- attesting to the fact that my grandmother was a citizen in good standing and that she'd been a voter for decades. How are good citizens like my grandmother supposed to navigate these arcane systems being set up? We know they're being rolled out at this late date to keep people away. Let's get real.

A TERRIBLE DISSERVICE
Sidonia S. Schumann | Fayetteville, NC | July 25, 2012

This week's storyline presents a terrible disservice to anyone who is interested in getting up, getting dressed, and going to the polls to cast their vote. Blowback commentary has covered the vital points already. My observation is that the Left keeps a heavy foot on the neck of the ignorant. The food that nourishes the liberal elite is to steep the masses in victimology. What fattens the elite starves the peasantry. All eligible American citizens are able to vote. The pity of it; though people died to give all citizens this right, many do not bother to do so.

WORSE THAN INSANE
Donald DiPaula | Falls Church, VA | July 25, 2012

These "Voter Fraud" laws are worse than insane. The Bush administration pushed their U.S. Attorneys hard to find and prosecute cases of voter fraud. They simply couldn't find any; the only illegal voting they found was all people who had honestly and correctly identified themselves, but didn't have the legal right to vote. They had zero cases of people claiming to be someone else, which are the only cases such ID laws would stop. Welcome back, JC.

ABSURD
Lotsahelp | Wildomar, CA | July 25, 2012

I think the James Crow character is absurd. As a long-time Doonesbury reader I have been able to laugh and learn when reading your strips. Even when not agreeing. But this one is so off the mark as to be dangerous. I am not sure why showing a picture ID is being equated to Jim Crow. We are not talking special tests, extra tax, or separation by race. We are talking about showing ID to prove you are the person registered. I think it is stupid not to have to show ID. I have to show ID to fly, to write a check, to pick up a package at the post office, to buy a gun. Why is voting all of a sudden off limits? You are seeing racism where it doesn't exist.

INTERESTING
Patricia Vanderveen | Jensen Beach, FL | July 25, 2012

Re NO FUSS. "I was alive in 1960 when voting fraud in Texas and Chicago stole the election from Richard Nixon and put John Kennedy in office." Actually, I was on the jury that investigated charges of voter fraud in that election. After about two weeks of prosecution interrogation of witnesses, the defense changed their plea to guilty, so we did not deliberate. The interesting thing about the evidence was that on the paper votes we all got to see, the changes in the votes were without any pattern. However they all were from split tickets. Ink changed pencil votes, some votes were scribbled out and marked a straight ticket. Most of these were made a straight ticket based on the number of D or R boxes that were marked. In my opinion, the votes were changed because the judges were tired, wanted to go home and it was quicker to count straight tickets than to count all the individual boxes. In order to become a juror in that trial, one could not know a policeman, an elected official, or anyone working for the city. It took more time to select the jury than it did to present the prosecution's evidence. Just thought you might find this interesting. Oh yes, we had lunch every day in the county jail.

IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM
Niki Mitchell | Silver Spring, MD | July 24, 2012

The voter ID flap is a solution in search of a problem. In Pennsylvania, voter ID supporters have admitted there is no evidence of voter fraud either in Pennsylvania or any other state. The point is to suppress the vote in hopes that Mitt Romney will win the state. If the GOP can't convince voters with the best argument, they should just pick the ball up and go home.

RE "NO FUSS"
Pat | Clearwater, FL | July 24, 2012

"I was alive in 1960 when voting fraud in Texas and Chicago stole the election from Richard Nixon and put John Kennedy in office." As Pat Buchanan has admitted for years, the reason they didn't make a big stink about it was: "We did the same thing in Kentucky, and they knew it." If Kentucky went to Kennedy, Texas and Illinois wouldn't have pushed Nixon over the top. It's nice that you have a picture ID. I do too, but many people in inner cities (Philly, Pittsburgh) don't.

RACIST?
Rufus Zygmunt | Chicago, IL | July 24, 2012

What you talking about Willis? You think voter ID laws are racist? Anyone can get a valid ID (non-drivers too). If you are against voter ID , then you must be in favor of voter fraud. It comforts me that here in Chicago, even if I die, my vote will count for decades to come. Thank you for supporting the rights of dead people and illegal aliens everywhere to vote.

NEEDED
Esther Lee Davenport | Culleoka, TN | July 24, 2012

I'm like a previous writer: Jimmy Crow makes me cry. And yet this is so needed. I wish I had a way to post it everywhere. Thank you.

WHITES ONLY
Maerzie | Florence, WI / Perdido Beach, AL | July 24, 2012

In 2007 there was still a restroom labeled "Whites Only" tucked in the center hallway of a tiny art mall in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I looked for it this past winter to take a photo, but it was gone. Yes, James Crow is alive and well in Alabama, though sometimes in the closet!

A RAT
David Klein | Hicksville, NY | July 24, 2012

On the face of it, having photo ID to minimize fraud sounds good. I smelled a rat when I didn't hear or read about an associated drive to insure that everyone who had voted in a previous election had qualifying ID and that new voters would be similarly advised.

PICTURE ID
Gma Pat | Bucyrus, KS | July 24, 2012

Requiring a picture ID is not quite as bad as it sounds. Here in Kansas the acceptable forms are: a KS drivers license or one from another state or district in the US; a concealed carry handgun license issued in US; a US passport; an employee badge or ID issued by a municipal, county or federal government office; a US Military ID; a student ID issued by a postsecondary school in Kansas; or a public assistance ID Card. If you are over 65, an expired version of any of the above

NO FUSS
Bernard | Washington, D.C. | July 24, 2012

I'm registered to vote in Virginia and have voted there in every presidential election for my adult life. When I go to the voting poll, the poll worker asks for a photo ID. I use either my Virginia driver's license or my federal common access card. The poll worker checks my ID against the voting roles, lines off my name, and then I go vote. No fuss, no problem. I was alive in 1960 when voting fraud in Texas and Chicago stole the election from Richard Nixon and put John Kennedy in office. Hello, Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis. I honestly don't understand why anyone would have a problem with a simple, effective system to safeguard against voting fraud. I've lived with one all my life, and I'm glad that Virginia has it.

SADDENED
Ray | Sandown, NH | July 24, 2012

Too much hate. Sorry, liberalism has become a license to hate, as clearly shown in your recent strips. No more Doonesbury for me after 40 years. I am truly saddened.

PICTURE I.D.
G. A. | Hershey, PA | July 24, 2012

Requiring picture ID to vote didn't seem unreasonable to me -- until a friend who recently moved to Florida posted about the frustrations and challenges she's been facing to get a Florida driver's license. Ol' James Crow is right. This is the biggest and most insidious effort I've seen in my lifetime to disenfranchise voters, and I'm ashamed to have once been a member of the party that's spearheading it. I live in Pennsylvania, and I'm worried about what I may run into at the polling place this fall.

THE TABOO
John McQueen | Chantilly, VA | July 23, 2012

Had I read a novel (pre-2009) featuring a President saluting "post-racial America" while ripped by smear artists (up to and including the likes of Doug Lamborn and Rush Limbaugh) I'd have slammed the book shut. And yet, here we are, mired in GOP muck. If we're ever to have the 'audacity' to hope to close the book on those who cling to American Apartheid, we must make bold to broach the taboo. Scrape the Teflon. Hold the right-wing wingtips to the fire. And at long last make some incorrigible perps eat Jim Crow.

ALIVE AND WELL
Lee | Roebling, NJ | July 23, 2012

Love the way you put it. Jim Crow is indeed alive and well in this country. Now all we need is a renewal of the "separate but equal" laws and we will indeed be back in the 19th century.

MR. JIM CROW
Sarah Vekasi | Swannanoa, NC | July 23, 2012

Mr. Jim Crow -- oh yes, he's been around these parts non-stop, sometimes lurking, sometimes out in the open, and clearly obvious in this election. Thank you for pointing this out; I hope you dive in more.

HIGH GEAR
L. Lapp | Paoli, PA | July 23, 2012

I applaud you for bringing in the James Crow character just as the presidential election season moves into high gear. Voter suppression tactics that have recently crept into law in many states, including my own, are clearly fundamental to the self-entitled party's strategy to steal back Congress and the White House (which itself might be an aptly named character in this ugly drama). When we are alerted -- via comics and every other possible medium -- to the abhorrent Jim Crow tactics taking shape at polling places across America, we are more likely to recognize and disallow voter suppression when we see it at the precinct level. Thank you for what you are about to do.