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The Left’s Faux Martyr: A 92 year old black woman's ability to vote is not harmed by NC's new law
National Review ^ | 08/19/2013 | Sterling Beard

Posted on 08/19/2013 9:54:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Left has a new martyr. Rosanell Eaton is a 92-year-old black woman with a compelling story about the harm done to vulnerable people, especially members of minority groups, by North Carolina’s new voter-ID law.

But none of it holds up. Rosanell Eaton isn’t a martyr at all, in fact.

The law, signed by Republican governor Pat McCrory a week ago, ends same-day voter registration, pre-registration of high-school students prior to their 18th birthday, and straight-ticket voting. It also reduces the number of days of early voting by a week, from 17 days to 10 (though early-voting hours and locations will be expanded, keeping the total number of hours available the same). But the major, most controversial feature of the law requires voters to present a government-issued photo ID in order to vote.

Liberals have trotted out the usual overwrought rhetoric. Chris Brooks, the legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation called the law a “blatant attempt” to make it more difficult to vote, and the Reverend Dr. William Barber, the president of the North Carolina NAACP, has labeled it “voter suppression straight up” and “an outright attempt to manipulate voting.”

Mrs. Eaton, their standard-bearer, has just the sort of personal history that critics of the law want to bring to the fore. It indeed speaks to the country’s racist past: Mrs. Eaton was one of the first blacks to register to vote in her county, after completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution. Given that personal history, she deserves to be hailed for her intrepid commitment to voting rights.

The Left’s case, though, is that she’s facing the same sort of obstacle today.

Mrs. Eaton and the North Carolina state conference of the NAACP claim in a federal lawsuit that the law will directly injure her because it means she will “incur substantial time and expense” reconciling her driver’s license and her birth certificate with her voter-registration record, all three of which have different spellings of her name.

This is flatly false for at least four different reasons.

First, she already has a driver’s license, as the lawsuit concedes. This is an important point because so much of the criticism of the law relies on the assumption that many people in the Tar Heel State don’t have valid photo identification, and thus will be blocked from voting. But the woman whom the Left wants to make the face of the victims already has valid ID.

ThinkProgress declares that reconciling her voting registration with her ID will be a “costly and time-consuming administrative endeavor.” Nonsense. If she wants to change her license to match her voting record, she doesn’t need her birth certificate to do it.

North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles does accept a birth certificate as one way of proving age and identity when renewing or registering for a license, but only one of many. It’s hard to believe that Mrs. Eaton lacks all of the other documents that the DMV accepts — especially since she has been able to renew her license up to this point.

To prove her age and identity, Mrs. Eaton could present a pair of any of the following documents: her current driver’s license; a certified or uncertified North Carolina driver’s record; documents from a North Carolina school (a transcript/registration signed by a school official; a diploma or GED from a school, community college, or university); her Social Security Card; tax forms that reflect her full name and Social Security Number; a certified marriage certificate; or documents from a court with U.S. jurisdiction such as a divorce decree, adoption papers, or a court order for a change of name or child support.

If for some reason she doesn’t want to deal with renewing her driver’s license, she might choose to acquire a state ID card after January 1, 2014, which she can also use to prove her identity at the polls. The same type of documents that prove her identity for a driver’s license are applicable here, but there’s no charge for obtaining a state ID if the applicant is over 70 years old, legally blind, or homeless, or has had his driver’s license revoked due to a physical or mental disability or disease.

The birth-certificate issue is a red herring, plain and simple.

Second, if Mrs. Eaton chooses not to change the name on her photo ID to match her voting record, she could do the reverse. According to Lisa Goswick, the director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, Mrs. Eaton would need to request a verification form, make the corrections to her name on the back, and then show her driver’s license. The process, Goswick says, can be done in about five minutes.

I asked Goswick if Mrs. Eaton — who has lived her entire life within seven miles of her birthplace in Louisburg, N.C., worked as an assistant poll worker for 40 years, and registered more than 4,000 people to vote — is likely familiar with the process. “By working with us all these years, yes sir, she should be,” Goswick said.

Third, if making the trip to the local board of elections — apparently less than ten miles from her home — sometime over the next three years before the law goes into effect in 2016 is too inconvenient, she has yet another option. Goswick confirmed that Mrs. Eaton could update her information on Election Day through the use of an Authorization to Vote form. In other words, if Mrs. Eaton had to show a photo ID at a polling place tomorrow, she would still be able to vote, her mismatching documents notwithstanding.

Finally, there’s still another option if her voter record and documents don’t match by the 2016 election cycle, when the ID provision goes into effect. ”Should anyone legitimately not be able to get a photo ID, they would still be able to vote absentee,” Republican state representative David Lewis, the head of the North Carolina House Election Law Committee, told me. According to Mrs. Eaton’s voter record, she has voted via absentee ballot six times since 2002.

All of this is why Lewis insists that “it’s absolutely false to claim that her right to vote has in any way been infringed upon because she may have difficulty getting a photo ID.”

There isn’t a single thing in the new law that will prevent Mrs. Eaton from voting. Her claim rests on the allegation that it would be less costly and time-consuming to sue the state of North Carolina than to run an errand or send a few pieces of mail.

— Sterling Beard is a contributor to National Review Online.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: absenteeballot; aclu; davidlewis; demagogicparty; electionfraud; leftistliars; lisagoswick; louisburg; naacp; nc; northcarolina; rosanelleaton; votefraud; voterfraud; voterid

Ninety-two-year-old Rosanell Eaton’s ability to vote is unharmed by North Carolina’s new voter id law.
1 posted on 08/19/2013 9:54:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I presume she’s gotten social security and medicare care at some point. Did she get those without valid photo ID?


2 posted on 08/19/2013 9:57:17 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind
. . . it means she will “incur substantial time and expense” reconciling her driver’s license and her birth certificate with her voter-registration record, all three of which have different spellings of her name.

The real problem here is that this new law might prevent her from voting three times.

3 posted on 08/19/2013 10:08:02 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind
”Should anyone legitimately not be able to get a photo ID, they would still be able to vote absentee,”

I don't get it. Why bother to pass an election-integrity law at all if you're going to leave a gaping hole like that for Democrat vote fraud?

4 posted on 08/19/2013 10:11:17 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“the law will directly injure her because it means she will “incur substantial time and expense” reconciling her driver’s license and her birth certificate with her voter-registration record, all three of which have different spellings of her name.”

So we are to sacrifice the security of the voting process because the variant spellings of Rosanell’s name have caused her a problem?

Tough luck, Rosanell. You should have cleared this up 71 years ago. I’m not willing to let your party bosses steal elections because it would inconvenience you to straighten out your personal problems.


5 posted on 08/19/2013 10:15:53 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Another shameless race-pimp. And 92 years old, no less. Does she know, or even care, that the vile canard she participates in today is making an evil joke of the contribution to equal rights she made all these years ago?

What a piece of human garbage, to allow herself to be prostituted at age 92 by the Slave-owner-KKK-Democrat-Race-Pimps. Shame on you, Rosanell. You have nothing to smile about as you set your people back 150 years, giving them yet again to those who chained and enslaved them in the first place.

You make me want to puke.

6 posted on 08/19/2013 10:23:58 AM PDT by Gargantua ("Da amber lamps. Bring dem..." LMFFAO!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

We should look at stories like this positively. We’ve won at the ballot box, the statehouse, and the Supreme Court on this issue, so the Dems are fighting a lost cause. Meanwhile, we should be looking ahead to the next battle, which should be getting things in place to make sure Dems can’t play with the vote totals.


7 posted on 08/19/2013 10:26:09 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

Country would be a hell of a lot better off if we had literacy testing to vote.
Just having a body temperature above room temp should not be enough to vote...


8 posted on 08/19/2013 10:29:26 AM PDT by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms.....")
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To: Black Agnes

“I presume she’s gotten social security and medicare care at some point. Did she get those without valid photo ID?”

I didn’t need photo ID. I signed up online. For SS, they wanted to see a couple of my tax forms from last year to verify my meager income. I sent them in, they sent them back. Never saw a single soul, never showed any ID.


9 posted on 08/19/2013 10:31:06 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SeekAndFind

She can go up on stage and give a speach, but she can’t fix her incorrect forms of ID?

Someone should check her voting record- would be surprised to find there’s been times where she voted under more than one identity.


10 posted on 08/19/2013 10:34:55 AM PDT by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Ok for SS. What about medicare. I have to show photo ID every single time I’m seen in a medical/doctors office.

I find it hard to believe that, at 92yrs young, she’s not seen a doctor in the past 30 or so years...


11 posted on 08/19/2013 10:37:41 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind

No one knows if the Democrats can win an election without voter fraud and at this rate we’ll never know.

What we do know is that they are determined to never risk finding out.


12 posted on 08/19/2013 11:04:11 AM PDT by marron
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To: Black Agnes

“What about medicare.”

Did it online too. My docs know mw, but one new nurse asked once for ID.


13 posted on 08/19/2013 11:05:52 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I meant specifically the medical visit itself.

My OB asks for a new ID pic once/year. They scan my DL.

I just find it hard to believe that a 92yr old hasn’t been to the doctor in the past 10 years or so since HIPPA(sp) began to be implemented.


14 posted on 08/19/2013 11:18:34 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama is using your taxpayer dollars to pay for voter IDs in support of KENYA’s voter ID laws.

While Obama was in Africa, the White House released a Fact Sheet detailing the prez’s support for a voter ID law. In Kenya.

The Obama $53 million dollar program is designed to help young Kenyans obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration.

Yes Youth Can’s ‘My ID My Life’ campaign helped 500,000 youth obtain National identification cards.


15 posted on 08/19/2013 11:27:58 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: Black Agnes
If people using Medicare and Medicaid are not required to show id, I guess we know why there's billions in fraud and abuse. Also why we're 17 trillion in the hole.
16 posted on 08/19/2013 11:28:49 AM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: Black Agnes

I haven’t seen my doc in several months. Maybe they’ll ask me next time. Last time I was there, all the nurses were rolling around these portable computer desks, and entering everything into the puters. Have to see what happens next time I guess.


17 posted on 08/19/2013 11:31:17 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Black Agnes

I haven’t seen my doc in several months. Maybe they’ll ask me next time. Last time I was there, all the nurses were rolling around these portable computer desks, and entering everything into the puters. Have to see what happens next time I guess.


18 posted on 08/19/2013 11:31:38 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

This site is really screwed up today.


19 posted on 08/19/2013 11:32:42 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SeekAndFind

So what is the liberal’s point here: blacks are incapable of obtaining an ID card? Isn’t that insulting?

Miss Rosanell looks fabulous.


20 posted on 08/19/2013 11:37:33 AM PDT by mom.mom
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To: Boogieman
We should look at stories like this positively. We’ve won at the ballot box, the statehouse, and the Supreme Court on this issue, so the Dems are fighting a lost cause.

This was the United States Map early 2012. We can now add North Carolina to the colored mix...


21 posted on 08/19/2013 11:37:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Boogieman

22 posted on 08/19/2013 11:38:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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Ninety-two-year-old Rosanell Eaton’s ability to vote is unharmed by North Carolina’s new voter id law

Judge shopping will change that.

23 posted on 08/19/2013 12:02:22 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: mom.mom

So what is the liberal’s point here: blacks are incapable of obtaining an ID card? Isn’t that insulting?Miss Rosanell looks fabulous.


That’s exactly it!

I’ve had this discussion with leftists and they do think blacks, elderly, poor aren’t capable of obtaining a photo i.d

Their excuses were paternalistic & ridiculous. Basically they were ok with vote fraud.


24 posted on 08/19/2013 12:14:05 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: SeekAndFind
after completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution

60's Voter: "Phew. That's a challenge. I'll get right on it, because the ability to vote is worth it!"

70's Voter: "I challenge your right to require me to educate myself!!"

90's Voter: "What's a Preamble?"

2000's Voter: "What's a Constitution?"

25 posted on 08/19/2013 12:40:07 PM PDT by wbill
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To: SeekAndFind
after completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution

60's Voter: "Phew. That's a challenge. I'll get right on it, because the ability to vote is worth it!"

70's Voter: "I challenge your right to require me to educate myself!!"

90's Voter: "What's a Preamble?"

2000's Voter: "What's a Constitution?"

26 posted on 08/19/2013 12:40:57 PM PDT by wbill
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
The law, signed by Republican governor Pat McCrory a week ago, ends same-day voter registration, pre-registration of high-school students prior to their 18th birthday, and straight-ticket voting. It also reduces the number of days of early voting by a week, from 17 days to 10 (though early-voting hours and locations will be expanded, keeping the total number of hours available the same)... [and] requires voters to present a government-issued photo ID in order to vote.



27 posted on 08/19/2013 4:29:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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