Photo IDs

Rock the Vote clues young voters in:

President Bush has nominated von Spakovsky — a champion of voter suppression — to serve on the Federal Election Commission.

Because of his work promoting photo ID requirements for voters, hundreds of thousands of students, low income people and seniors may be turned away from the polls in November.

And that’s not all. At the Department of Justice he tried to force states to keep voters off the rolls for typographical errors or other mistakes made by election officials.

The photo ID has potentially many more uses than the more narrowly focused project for voter eligibility. It is interesting that when citicorp bank pushed photo ID for credit cards, it flopped. Which says to me it might be much harder to get people IDs without some organizing…is that to be left to the private political parties, or a government agency?