Could Voter ID Laws Lead to Forcing Us to Carry a National ID Card? Judge Napolitano Pleads His Case
Controversy is brewing in Texas after the Department of Justice blocked a state law requiring people to show state-issued ID before voting because they argue that this would discriminate against Hispanics. Judge Andrew Napolitano says to all the critics of the DOJ: “be careful what you wish for.”
Judge Napolitano told Jon Scott that requiring voters to show an ID at the polls could be the gateway to a national ID card.
He says that while he understands the reasoning behind the law, he warns that “forcing us to carry ID, which will eventually become a biometric ID [that] has all kinds of electric information embedded in it, the police can say, 'Let me see your ID whether you’re going to vote or whether you’re going to work,' is not a society that the framers gave us and not a society that we want.”
On the flip side, Judge Napolitano acknowledged that “you need an ID for everything today and there definitely is fraud at the polls.”
All arguments aside, the problem he believes is with the federal statute that lets the attorney general interfere with state legislature. He said, “For the attorney general to say, 'I’m a bureaucrat in Washington, I’m a political appointee, I don’t like a statute in Austin, Texas.' That’s not authorized under the Constitution.”