North Carolina’s governor had just signed a voter ID law, bringing the act of electing officials into line with other trivial matters like buying a beer, driving a car or getting on a plane, when the NAACP had already filed a lawsuit claiming that the new law had already violated the civil rights of a convenient patsy.
There was no time for anyone’s rights to be violated, but the NAACP had been prepping Rosanell Eaton’s lawsuit ahead of time. Rosanell Eaton’s only real card is that she’s 92. So it’s presumably a huge burden for her to get a free photo ID card before voting.
There is no vote yet and it’s unlikely that Rosanell Eaton managed to do more than grab some cereal between the time the bill was signed into law and the time the lawsuit was filed, let alone attempt to get a photo ID or vote, but the lawsuit was filed anyway.
The lawsuit claims that the voter ID law is racist because black people have more trouble getting photo IDs. Rosanell Eaton, an NAACP member, will have even more serious problems because the name on her birth certificate does not match the name on her driver’s license or her voter registration.
A sensible person would think that this is the sort of thing you’re supposed to clear up on your own. Certainly Eaton, who the NAACP tells us, is an assistant poll worker, would not find fixing the name issue insurmountable. Since she already has a driver’s license, clearly this isn’t any real obstacle.
But the NAACP lawsuit says, “Mrs. Eaton will incur substantial time and expense to correct her identification documents to match her voter registration record in order to meet the new requirements under H.B. 589 to cast her ballot in North Carolina.”
Eaton hasn’t even tried. And frankly, it’s her responsibility to do that. If she has the resources to participate in filing a lawsuit and attend press conferences, then she has the time, resources and energy to make the effort to clear up her ID issues. Which, tellingly, she didn’t even bother to do.
If you have different names on different documents, then there will be times when you will need to stand in line for a bit and file some paperwork. That’s life in a bureaucracy. The NAACP isn’t suing the DMV over that. It’s suing to stop voter fraud prevention measures which tells you all you need to know about its real agenda.