I have no argument against the notion that me, as an upper-middle class white kid, showing up to a DMV with my mom (who kept all my records in a safe until needed) meant I not only had access to multiple physical forms of ID (none of which were shown except my proof of enrollment) but also didn't deal with anyone or anything trying to hold up the process of me getting a Driver's License.Gerald Tarrant wrote:If you got a license while you were in school, you doubtless had a guardian or parent certifying that you lived with them. Or school records from your driver's ed program provided that certification. If it was a parent then that's a person from your birth certificate probably attesting that you live with them. So that's like 2 pieces of documentation as to address, parent's ID, and then parent's signed statement you live with them. It was four documents in Utah, or the birth certificate social security card and signed stuff from parent or guardian. Having had to get a new one after a lapse, it was exactly the same documentation requirements as the NC state ID had. I'd expect all compact states (both Texas and NC are members) to be like that, frankly.
By the way, my Drivers Ed instructor was my mom. So, no real records there. Well, there WERE, but the state screwed up on some things on their end. So, at the direction of a DPS officer... some information had to be "creatively inputted." There was nothing shady about it, I had way more driving instruction than required, but I doubt that amount of leeway and personal attention is offered to all "moral upstanding citizens."
That's kind of the point. In fact, I generally have little issue with anything in that area. One of the perks of being a goofy-looking white guy. It's not just that that system works AGAINST certain groups, it's that it works so damn well WITH others.
I still stand by the notion that if voting locations can't identify you based on a name and address, then they're doing something wrong and they need to get off their asses and fix their end. Because they damn sure have no problem finding people when they want them to pay into Social Security or sign up for selective service.