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Re: Congressman Green’s Hypocrisy


It makes sense for Representative Green to oppose photo IDs for voting but require them for town-hall meetings. After all, it isn’t like there are any reasons to verify who someone is at a voting place. It’s not like there are restrictions on who can vote (or register to vote), such as citizenship or residency, or restrictions on how many times you can vote. It’s just a right, right? It’s not like that so-called “right” to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances — in that case, the government really needs to know who is talking to avoid, well, uppity constituents! And, of course, there is no risk that checking IDs would chill speech. It’s not like the government collects “fishy” information about people with whom they disagree.