Originally Posted by Atropellador
I've had to present mine in order to buy alcohol, rent an apartment, test-drive a car, obtain a passport, check out my keys from the concierge, start working at a new job, and numerous other things. I'll not defend voter-ID law or its adverse consequences, but from my perspective, presenting my ID when I vote is just another bureaucratic process. Like I said, I can't imagine going my whole life without a state-issued ID. If I didn't have one, I'd fight like heck to get one.
For the elderly, it's usually not a case of living their whole life without a state ID. Most had a driver's license or state ID when younger, then decided to stop renewing it after they stopped working and driving, or were unable to renew it when states stepped up their documentary requirements. There are many elderly people who have a birth certificate + expired passport + expired license + Social Security card, but now that's not good enough in some states.
There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back. - Life-Line, Robert A. Heinlein, 1939