Diary

Another day, the other Cooper.

If you don’t know who the other Cooper is, go here: Attack of the Coopers.

On the heels of the Arizona immigration bill uproar, Tennessee has passed a voter registration bill requiring potential voters to provide proof they have the right to register.

TN Attorney General Robert Cooper says it’s unConstitutional:

Legislation that requires new voters to show proof of citizenship when they register would violate a federal law meant to get more people to vote, the state attorney general said in an opinion released Wednesday.

A voter-registration bill that has cleared the Senate would break the so-called Motor Voter Act, a 17-year-old law that requires states to let people register to vote at state agencies and by mail, Attorney General Robert Cooper said.

Then contradicts that opinion:

But the bill does not necessarily violate the U.S. Constitution or the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the bedrock federal law aimed at eliminating discrimination at the polls, Cooper’s office said.

The hoopla seems to be concern about a “deterrent effect” with the obligatory “mean spirited” argument.

One keeps asking for some equality in this immigration debate but no one seems to listen. If anybody can register to vote regardless of citizenship status or get a drivers license since their birth certificates are apparently not used as proof of anything for them, can my husband stop having to prove he’s a citizen every time he has to renew his drivers license because his birth certificate says he was born in Ashia, Japan? He has two of them, one of which was issued by the State Department, that he must guard as if it’s the lost treasure of King Solomon’s mines.

If the government wants to talk equality, well, let’s talk equality and how actual citizens are being left out of the equation.

Note: Shorter than my normal diaries but the money argument and drain on the system isn’t getting us anywhere so let’s talk about equality and equal rights under the law, using real world examples.