Birthers make a big deal about how normal people have to “show ID,” and then pretend that Barack Obama hasn’t. However, lots of people haven’t had to show ID. A study by the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee of those without photo IDs found:
The population of elderly persons 65 and older without a drivers license or a state photo ID totals 177,399, and of these 70 percent are women…. An estimated 98,247 Wisconsin residents ages 35 through 64 also do not have either a drivers license or a photo ID.
We’re talking over a quarter of a million people without ID.
Starting in 2012, Wisconsinites will have to show photo ID to vote. No problem, though, since Wisconsin will issue photo IDs for just $28? Ah, but state-issued photo IDs under the Real ID Act require birth certificates (or a passport or certain immigration documents), and many older Americans don’t have birth certificates, particularly minorities. The State of Wisconsin as of the end of last year has a new state-of-the-art electronic birth registration system, but that’s no help to people from out of state, or who were born in rural areas where births where not always registered.
Let the lawsuits begin.
The article has been updated to include several links to original sources for the statistics cited. There were also some errors in the cited information now corrected.