25 August, 2008

The Candidates and Voter IDs

This is the twenty-second post in an ongoing series regarding the major Presidential candidates and their views on civil liberties.

This post is about Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) and Senator Barack Obama's (D-IL) plans regarding the necessity (or lack thereof) for a Voter ID card.

This will be another short and sweet one.

Fortunately, the NAACP asked both candidates about this question and we have their responses.


I led the opposition to photo identification requirements for voting.


Valid photo identification is a valid, constitutional way for states to protect against voter fraud.

Ok, so that's pretty clear.

No matter which side you're on in this one, you can claim civil rights superiority. Certainly I believe that buy requiring an ID you're protecting my vote from fraud. The accepted "civil rights" view on this is clear, though, and it's Obama's side.


Obama: A+

McCain: F

Voter ID: Advantage Obama

Results so far:
  Obama McCain
First Amendment F D-
Second Amendment D- C-
Third Amendment B B
Fourth Amendment D+ D+
Fifth Amendment D+ B-
Sixth Amendment B B
Seventh Amendment C C
Eighth Amendment C B
Eleventh Amendment B+ B-
Thirteenth Amendment D+ B+
Fourteenth Amendment D+ C+
Fifteenth Amendment B B
Nineteenth Amendment B B
Twenty-First Amendment A- A-
Twenty-Third Amendment A- B
Twenty-Fourth Amendment B B
Twenty-Sixth Amendment B B
Taxes D B-
Abortion A+ D
National ID F F
Voter ID A+ F

UPDATE: Obama's First Amendment grade lowered to F as documented in this post.

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