After voting against the Voter ID bill earlier this week, Spear took to the airwaves to defend his vote yesterday. While his office was telling constituents that he opposed the bill on grounds of costs (now debunked, see prior post), he told WTIB’s Henry Hinton that he was opposed to the ‘strict’ photo-id requirement in the bill. Here is the link to the audio clip.  It’s a two hour clip but you can skip to the 1hour 32 minute mark to hear Spear’s remarks.

Mr. Spear says in the interview that the id requirements in the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) would be more appropriate. The HAVA act was passed at the federal level in 2002 and was designed to force states to upgrade voting machines and make certain election processes more uniform across states. One aspect of the law required that new voters who register by mail and who do not provide ID during the registration process to show id before voting. This ID could take the form of a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

Looking at this list, the first and most obvious question is this: wouldn’t you have needed to show a valid photo in order to obtain one of these documents? Can you get a bank account, a job or buy or rent a house without showing a photo id? Of course not. Second, these documents can easily be forged. Ask any ten-year-old how easy it would be to Photoshop Mommy’s bank statement and put their own name on it.

These id requirements do nothing but provide a false sense of security. They are not the real reasons that the Democrats voted against the voter id bill. They do, however, provide enough cover for them to get away ignoring the will of the people.