I have a curious question, perhaps one best answered by a legal mind such as Doggin, but I'm open to hearing all opinions.
In many States at current, Voter ID Requirement Laws, which boil down to "to vote, must show a state-issued photo ID" are being challenged by the Federal Govt. as being "descriminatory against minorities", certainly a non-no under the Law and Constitution.
What I'd like to know more about is this:
IF such a requirement is found to be illegal because it descriminates against minorities, would such a ruling not apply to ALL State Services or Other State-Mandated ID Check Laws?
For example: It would be illegal to ask for a photo ID to vote. Would it then also be illegal to ask for a Photo ID to buy alcohol, as such a State requirement would have been found to be a form of descrimination, and descrimination is not legal even for things like buyying alchohol (under the Law)?
It seems this route of defense against ID Laws may, in a logical world, have a host of unintended consequences. If the State requiring and ID is descriminatory in one form, how could it then NOT be descriminatory in ALL such State forms, and hence all forms be declared illegal and barred?
And going beyond that, the basis of teh argument that ID Checks are descriminatory is that minorities have less mobillity and less abillity to pay, hence any ID Check law is descriminatory against them. Would the same basis not apply to use of any public service or facillity, and hence eliminate ANY charges for such services and facillities? If the mere charge of $5.00 for an ID in a State is deemed to be descrimination along racial lines, would teh charges for other things, like say Park Entry or Parade Permitting, etc, also be descriminatory along the same lines that minorities have less abillity to get to permit offices or pay the fee, and hence having specific offices and fees is by default descrimination, and hence cannot be allowed?
I'm very curious to see how this plays out.