Why We Need Voter ID, According to Disillusioned Democrat Artur Davis

Few public figures can explain the voter ID issue as clearly and simply as former Congressman Artur Davis.

Davis is the man who seconded Barack Obama’s nomination at the Democratic Party’s 2008 convention. After serving in Congress from 2003 to 2011, he has since left the party, disgusted by the radicalism and race-baiting now in vogue among national Democrats.

Using simple language, Davis explained to an audience this summer that state laws requiring voters to present government-issued photo identification in order to cast their ballots are eminently sensible.

In fact, according to Davis, asking voters to present government-issued photo ID in order to vote is not a burden, contrary to the increasingly rabid claims being propagated by the Left and the mainstream media.

Davis made the comments during a panel discussion on electoral integrity that took place at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on July 26, 2012.

Here is a transcript containing the relevant portions of his remarks:

Let me begin -- I want to start by showing you something if I can, and it's obviously something that's at the core of what it is we're talking about today.

Perhaps you can't see it so well if you're watching this on the Internet, on television, and most of you in the audience can see it all too well -- you can see how bad I look.

This is a Virginia driver’s license, also known as a state-issued photo ID. Very small. Pretty innocuous-looking except for the ugly face on it.

And it’s actually even sanded around the edges, so unlike the notes I have in front of me or the notes maybe you have in front of you, you can’t even cut your hand inadvertently.

It’s a very tiny little thing that will fit in a breast pocket, fit in a wallet -- you can carry it next to your pager or your BlackBerry.

It is not a billy club; if you look at it that’s clear. It’s not a fire hose.

I live in Virginia now but I come from the state of Alabama and used to represent Birmingham, Alabama, and Selma, Alabama, in the United States Congress.

I know a little something about fire hoses. It’s not this. It’s not some kind of a weapon or club that southern sheriffs used to use to keep people from voting or participating.

It’s a tiny little photo ID.

But this tiny little thing I’m holding up in my hand tends to do very weird things to people. It tends to create some very interesting political arguments.

Several months ago, two very prominent leaders of organizations, civil rights organizations, as a matter of fact in the United States, were so riled up by this tiny little thing called a photo ID that they went to the United Nations and they went to a very particular place in the United Nations called the UN Commission on Human Rights.