Voter ID laws, fraud and Latinos: Discrimination, a 'big deal' or 'insulting?'
May 29th, 2012
11:44 AM ET
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Voter ID laws, fraud and Latinos: Discrimination, a 'big deal' or 'insulting?'

Washington (CNN) - Mariam "Mimi" Bell, a Latina Republican from Colorado, resents the implication that Hispanic voters are somehow negatively affected by the state's new voter identification law.

"It's insulting when they say we're going to disenfranchise the Hispanics," Bell said of the law that requires voters to present an ID such as a driver's license, passport, utility bill or birth certificate to vote. The suggestion, Bell said, is "because we're Hispanics we're inept to get an ID."

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Filed under: 2012 • Colorado • Florida • Latinos • Marco Rubio
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  1. Hal

    What's the big deal? Oh, nothing, Rubio--just that you'd sell your own kind. If Rubio came up to Union City, NJ, which is the 2nd largest Cuban community in the USA, he'd be booed before finishing his first sentence. Keep carrying that pail of water for alexithymic, Mitt, Rubio-cito, for all the good you think it will do you.l

    May 29, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Anonymous

    The big deal is that it disenfranchises perfectly legal voters. And IDs are NOT "free" when a person needs to obtain a birth certificate. In addition, some elderly voters HAVE NOT BIRTH CERTIFICATE. The real question is "what's such a big deal about along legal voters to vote without being harassed or disenfranchised?" Voter IDs are a solution looking for a problem; they solve nothing. The number of "phony voters" or illegal voters has been studied extensively, even by the Bush administration. The findings: It is not a problem AT ALL.

    May 29, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. TSB8C

    Need an ID to drive, to buy paint or glue, to buy tobacco or alcohol, why not to vote? As shown in Obama's win in 2008, many areas had a lot of discrepancies (dead people voting, repeat voting, etc). The process must be protected and showing an ID in today's times is not a burden on any one group over another.

    May 29, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Andre

    I'm sorry, but I just don't see the big deal. I've probably had to replace my ID at least 3 or 4 times in my life; it's not THAT hard. And as long as you have one of those forms of ID to vote, it proves you are REGISTERED to vote. Let's not make mountains out of molehills; how were you intending to get down to the polls? Were you taking a bus, or were you DRIVING? C'mon people (and believe me I'm not a huge Rubio fan), let's stick to what's truly important. If anything it should help keep Florida's famous polling issues to a minimum. Oh, did we forget about that already?!!

    May 29, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "The big deal is that it disenfranchises perfectly legal voters. And IDs are NOT "free" when a person needs to obtain a birth certificate."
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    Not true. ANY state which implemets a voter ID requirement MUST provide those who do not have and / or cannot "afford" to procure an ID such identification free of charge or else the law would be struck down IMMEDIATELY as unconstitutional.

    May 29, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. You Heard it worst on CNN

    If you are an American citizen of any race this should not he a problem. Most American citizens of voting age can produce five of six forms of ID if needed. You almost can't get by without them in everyday life. These laws protect our voting process for all American citizens.

    May 29, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Tex gear

    Rubio is not selling out his own kind cause Rubio is a born American and the Hispanics who have a problem showing or getting an I.D r the ones who want this to be an issue so Obama could use the same guys he used in 08 to stand outside the voting locations with bats making sure he gets the votes. Rubio wants to make sure it's fair and the Hispanics who r against showing I.D just wants Obama to keep giving them free gov.

    May 29, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "Not true. ANY state which implemets a voter ID requirement MUST provide those who do not have and / or cannot "afford" to procure an ID such identification free of charge or else the law would be struck down IMMEDIATELY as unconstitutional."

    Nice lie. There are NO provisions in the law to pay for the costs associated with obtaining a birth certificate (assuming one even exists). Do you plan to continue lying about this?

    May 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Not true. ANY state which implemets a voter ID requirement MUST provide those who do not have and / or cannot "afford" to procure an ID such identification free of charge or else the law would be struck down IMMEDIATELY as unconstitutional.
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    Is that why the state of Wisconsin fired the guy who refused to put omit that from an ad about the new WI law?
    Is that why some states make the IDs available, but you have to travel miles and miles to get one?
    Is that why some states do not make them available at all business hours?
    Is that why some states accept a gun permit, which has not picture, as a valid instrument fo vote with?
    Is that why not a single state enforced the laws during the GOTP primaries, but will for the general election?

    May 29, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Anonymous

    "Not true. ANY state which implemets a voter ID requirement MUST provide those who do not have and / or cannot "afford" to procure an ID such identification free of charge or else the law would be struck down IMMEDIATELY as unconstitutional."

    Nice lie. There are NO provisions in the law to pay for the costs associated with obtaining a birth certificate (assuming one even exists). Do you plan to continue lying about this?
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    If any citizen can prove he or she was required to pay one red cent to cast a vote in an election it could be considered a poll tax, which is unconstitutional. So who is the liar?

    May 29, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. paulcat

    Rubio should be ashame of himself.

    May 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Jules

    I think that the majority of people will get their ID's just to slap those rules around a bit. I know I would. and then I would vote the GOP right out the door.

    May 29, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How many Jewish people wear a number burned into their flesh by Hitler and are surviors of the Holocaust. We will not let these Republicans turn this country into a "Nazi Germany" . Rubio needs to study History before he is qualified to serve in this U.S.

    May 29, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Maybe the Romney campaign should ask Latinos WHY they don't like nor support him and stop assuming why. BTW I live in Texas and always showed my DL to vote but the sad thing is here students can not use their school ID's but if you have a gun permit it is acceptable. This voter ID stuff didn't start by the GOP until Obama won back in 2008, during the Bush years they could care less about so-called voter fraud. Maybe the Dems should have done this after the 2000 election.

    May 29, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |