Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday Hodge Podge: Voter ID Decision Upheld, State Ticket Hits Dusty Trail, Marvin Scott Craziness, and the Vlog

By Jon E. Easter

The Friday Hodge Podge is back. Lots to talk about, so, in the words of Mills Lane...and Marvin Gaye (though in a completely different way), "Let's Get It On!"

Voter ID
The Indiana Supreme Court hath spoken. In a 4-1 decision, the Court upheld the Voter ID law while giving wiggle room for future challenges. I still fail to see how a voter that appears in person, signs the poll book, and gets a ballot from a poll worker with a pulse is treated like a potential election fixer when anyone can lie on an absentee ballot application, vote in secret, send the ballot back in and not be forced to show ID.

I like Beth White's take on the situation. The Marion County Clerk released a very well
worded statement pledging to uphold the law while realizing the room the Justices left for future challenges. Here is a portion of
the statement.

In today's ruling, the Court upheld the constitutionality of the voter ID statute against a challenge on the face of the law. That means the Marion County Election Board will continue to instruct precinct officials to require the presentation of valid identification under the state statute in all elections.

Perhaps just as important, however, is the Court's clear language that would permit subsequent constitutional challenges to the voter ID law if a voter can demonstrate that the law ‘prevented him or her from voting or inhibited his or her ability to vote in any way.’ Today's decision makes it incumbent on the State of Indiana to redouble its efforts to make sure that every voter who wants identification gets it with the aim that no voter is turned away for lack of identification. For registered voters who lack financial means or transportation, or who have special legal issues such as the inability to get a birth certificate, the State should expend extraordinary effort to assist these voters. In my view, that extraordinary effort is warranted and, given the Court's decision today, may be constitutionally required.

Buttigieg, Locke, Osili Hit Trail...Again
Speaking of voter ID, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, Vop Osili, got lots of camera time on Wednesday discussing the law. He, Sam Locke, and Pete Buttigieg have been out and about discussing the focus they will put on jobs when elected to the offices of Secretary of State, Auditor, and Treasurer, respectively. The way the convention worked out could not be more perfect. Voters will have a clear choice in November between Auditor Tim Berry, Treasurer Richard Murdock, and the Republican running for Secretary of State, Charlie White.

Marvin Scott Continues Attack on Carson's Religion
In launching his new campaign website, Dr. Marvin Scott, the Republican Party's candidate for 7th District Congress has put up his "14 Principles for America" and number eight addresses what Scott calls, "Muslim Extremism" and in the same breath argues for Freedom of Religion. Scott also exploits 9/11 by putting using a very disturbing picture of the World Trade Center on fire after the terror attacks.

Of course, if Congressman Andre Carson were Baptist, the picture and the plank would probably still be in bad taste and still worthy of criticism, but Carson is one of two Muslims in Congress. Hmm...what could Scott be inferring here? Jim Shella filed an excellent report on the matter.

26th Amendment Turns 39
The Amendment that allowed 18 year olds to vote turned 39 yesterday. Happy Birthday 26th Amendment! It brings up a whole other set of concerns, though. The Constitution has not had a new Amendment added in, ironically, 18 years. The 27th Amendment was proposed in 1789, and it took over 200 years to pass. Will we ever have another Amendment to the Constitution?

Indy Democrat Vlog
Well, I decided to join the new media bandwagon and start a Vlog channel. The Indy Democrat Vlog will serve as a companion to the Indy Democrat Blog that so many of you have come to love. Right now, I plan to Vlog weekly on that channel. I will probably pick a day and just take the opportunity to discuss some of the major things going on in politics during that week.

Frankly, it's going to be a learn as I go kind of thing. I hope you'll be patient. I think it's just important to try to stay on the wave rather than get run over by the tide. If you have suggestions, please send them to me here, on the YouTube Channel, or at

Well, that's all for now! Have a Happy 4th of July Weekend. Coming up this weekend (pending no breaking news), Saturday Humor and a 4th of July Tribute on Sunday you won't want to miss!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I will vote for Vop Lockigieg.