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No voter ID needed at polls today

Published 12:01am Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voter identification is a hot potato in today’s world in voter registration, absentee balloting and in some cases asking for ID before you vote!

There was a time we African-Americans could not vote. Now that we can, some people are trying to disenfranchise us and turn us back.

I’ve made up my mind that I ain’t never going back.

The Holy Bible is a good guide for all people. Proverbs 16:22A says: “Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.”

Some folks will say understanding is the greatest thing in the world, so it is very precious.

Now don’t be fooled by some things you read in the newspaper, hear on television or through the grapevine or any other vine.

You do not need to present your ID to vote today.

As first vice president of the Natchez NAACP branch, I declare to all who read this article, run and tell it everywhere you go. No ID to vote!

Don’t be a joker and hang loose. Be a voter and help spread the truth.

 

The Rev. Clifton Marvel

pastor, Greater Macedonia Baptist Church

First vice president, Natchez NAACP branch

 

  • Anonymous

    This message is disappointing to me. And very telling.
    As the Very Good Lord as my Witness, I cannot understand what the black community fears concerning a voter registration.
    A Voter Card- something that one must possess- that would positively identify that person as to WHO HE IS, and that would be required to show in order to cast a ballot. TELL ME, PLEASE! What is there to fear?
    WHat I fear now, is that WITHOUT a voter ID program, MY OWN VOTE could be STOLEN by another person. Yes, sir- it could be. MY VOTE. Or YOUR VOTE. Large number of us-black or white- could be disenfranchised as a voter.
    What is there to fear? I would have absolutely no problem showing a Voter ID Card to cast my ballot. What is there to fear? If anything, it PROTECTS our voting RIGHTS and helps thwart voter fraud.
    Reverand- you “ain;t going back”? How would this make you “go back”? When you cash a check at some places, are you not required to show proper ID? I know tons of places and situations where a valid ID is required to fulfill a service. Does that make you feel like you are “going back”?
    Now, I close with MY OWN opinion, based upon trying to reason through this=
    1) The NAACP is the most racist organization existant, rivalling the KKK or the ole Skinheads and neo-NazisThese are ALL mean, hate-filled groups. Racists LIVE IN FEAR.
    2) The followers of the NAACP are FEARFUL that the white man is going to shaft them any way possible. “Whitie” is an EVIL thing that wants to once again enslave the black race and force them into bondage.
    3) The democratic party is the principle party of blacks, and the blacks want to get them elected so that they (the elected official) can then vote to keep giving favors and preferentail treatment to the blacks. ” Ain’t no going back, now!”. The democrat party basically tells the blacks and other minorities that the whites ARE evil, and want to keep the minorities down, and that the democrats are the ONLY ones who will stand up and fight for the minorities and see to it that the EVIL white man “gets what’s comin’ to him”.
    4) There is a LOT of voter fraud, and that fraud is primarily played out for the benefit of the democratic party. People who are ineligible to vote, somehow vote. People who are dead and gone can somehow vote, and sometimes, multiple times. Fraud, fraud, fraud.
    5) That a Voter ID would stop the vast majority of fraudulent voting is a truth, and that SCARES the ones who want to perpetrate it.
    Now, follow the flow. The truth will out, so to speak.
    PLEASE, please, please- stop living in the past, because the past scares you. As well it should. I hope and KNOW that there are enough good white folks who would NEVER, repeat NEVER, want to see the mistreatment of blacks or ANY minority.Equality for ALL. But that DOES mean NOONE gets better treatment or favors than any other person. Equality for ALL.
    But, the NAACP and its representatives need to stop living in a fearful past and live for today. And today should bring HONESTY and OPENESS. Which is all the Voter ID Card is about- honesty and openess.
    Now< I will pray that someday, letters like yours are not felt necessary, and responses like mine aren't either! Peace out.

  • Anonymous

    This shows what type of person Marvel is. Untruthful, liar, scared???? What is the problem with showing I.D….y’all damn sure do in order to receive your food stamps, low income rent, etc. Are you afraid your candiate can’t win without cheating? Obviously. And when was the last time anyone was called COLORED???? lmao.. what a joke. naacp is nothing but a bunch of REVERSE RACISTS.

  • Anonymous

    burnleyc, I’M GOING TO SEE CAN I HELP YOU OUT IN YOUR QUEST ABOUT * WHAT-IS-THERE-TO-FEAR *. FIRST OF ALL, BLACK PEOPLE FEAR NOTHING BUT FEAR ITSELF. SECONDLY, WE DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ID, IT’S ABOUT THE TIMING THAT IT ALL CAME ABOUT. >NOTNO<. DID IT EVER DONE ON YOU WHY THIS ELECTION ID ? FROM WHAT I'M PICKING UP FROM YOUR COMMENT, YOU ARE PROBABLY A FIRST TIME VOTER AND REALLY DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON, OR A OLD COON THAT KNOW AND TRYING TO MUDDY THE WATER. THE ONLY FEAR IN THIS ELECTION IS THAT OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THEY CAME OUT WITH: ( A) VOTER ID ( B) CUTTING DAYS FOR EARLY VOTING, AND (C) MAKING IT HARDER TO VOTE. DO YOU SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT ? YOU REALLY WANT UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEAN: (AINT'T GOING BACK ) YOU HAVE TO BE BORN IN THAT CIRCLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT PHASE. THE BEST ADVISE I CAN GIVE TO YOU IS: DO RESEARCH ON THE NAACP, AND THE KKK AND SEE WHAT THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED OVER THE YEARS. FROM THAT RESEARCH, YOU ARE WISE ENOUGHT TO COME UP WITH YOUR OWN CONCLUSION ABOUT WHAT'S RIGHT AND WRONG. WISH YOU LUCK burnleyc.

  • Anonymous

    dave07, I will respond only like this- I do NOT believe you exist. I believe you are a person that is playing a game with us, and deliberately being a “spoon”, to stir things up. In short, you are affecting a character, whose sole purpose is to irritate and annoy with your character. NLT needs some good actors- go apply.

  • Anonymous

    Sir, when you are “disenfranchised” by having the same requirements placed upon you as every other human in this society, it may be time to check your status as such.

    Until that time, I’ll just consider you another member of the “blacks aren’t as capable as whites” group, which seems dominated by blacks, oddly enough. Getting a photo ID is so hard only whitey can do it!

  • Anonymous

    So I’m guessing there were no non-racial and non-partisan Letters to the Editor today. Interesting, this selection.

  • Anonymous

    THERE’S ONE THING FOR SURE WE CAN ALL AGREE ON: > ALL OF THE COMMOTION IS CENTERED AROUND THE FIRST *BLACK* PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A. YOU’LL HAD TO KNOW YOU’LL WASN’T GOING TO HOLD ON TO THAT POSITION FOR EVER. I WAS VERY AWARE IF ANY RACE EXCEPT WHITE EASED INTO THAT SLOT, THE ROACHES WOULD COME OUT OF THE WOOD WORK IN GROVES. IT’S REALLY NOT AS BAD AS I EXPECTED IT WOULD BE. THOSE ROACHES TALKS ABOUT TAKING-THERE-COUNTRY-BACK, DO I NEED TO REPEAT THAT ? SLAVES BUILT THIS COUNTRY, AND THEM SUCKERS WANTS TO OWN IT. I FORGET THE NAME YOU CALL THOSE TYPE OF PEOPLE. THEY DIDN’T BREAK NOT ONE SWEAT. THEY WEEPED ALL OF THE BENIFITS WITH A SMILE ON THERE FACE. I HOPE WE CAN GET THE BALL ROLLING AGAIN FOR FOUR-ACRE-AND-A-MULE. WE HAVE YET TO BE PAYED FOR BUILDING THIS GREAT COUNTRY WE ALL CALL AMERICA. THOSE THAT DON’T WANT TO SHARE IT WITH US, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS REVERSE THE PROCESS OF SHIPPING US OVER HERE. THE BAD THING ABOUT THAT, NO OTHER COUNTRY WOULD EXCEPT YOU’.LL.

  • Anonymous

    LET ME SAY THIS BEFORE I GO TO VOTE. IT’S A GOOD THING WHEN PEOPLE CAN EXPRESS THERE VIEWS WITHOUT VIOLANCE. THERE ARE SO MUCH PEOPLE HAVE LOCKED INSIDE OF THERE MIND AND HAVE NO WAY TO EXPRESS THERE FEELINGS. EXPRESSING FEELING IS NO MORE THAN EXHALING. MANY PEOPLE END UP DOING CRAZY THING WHEN THEY CAN’T EXHALE. I KNOW WHEN I WAS IN THE WAR, IF WE WENT A COUPLE OF WEEKS OR SO WITHOUT ANY ACTION, TENSION WOULD BUILD UP IN US. WHEN THAT HAPPEN, WE HAD A MOMENT CALLED MAD-MINUTE. DOING THAT MINUTE, WE WOULD ALL SHOOT OFF ABOUT TWO THOUSAND ROUNDS OR MORE. THAT PUT OUR MINDS BACK AT EASE TO FIGHT A MORE SUCCESSFUL MISSION. I WANNA GIVE >*SPECIAL*< THANKS TO THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT FOR SHARING THIS SECTION OF THE N.D. FOR COMMENTS. I ENJOYED EVERY SECOND OF IT.

  • Anonymous

    Blah, blah, blah. You are like the monster under the bed, dave. You do NOT exist!!!! Quit playing your game.

  • Anonymous

    The sad thing is, I don’t think it is a joke. It’s real! If anything, the spelling is what’s a joke.

  • vilou09

    1) Barack isn’t black.
    2) “We have yet to be payed (sic) for building… America”
    Uhh…. one word: stipend???

  • Anonymous

    Voter Fraud does not exist in the sense that an ID would protect against. Voter Fraud is very real with the republicans owning voting machines and callibrating them so their guy wins. We have never needed an ID to vote and we don’t now.

  • Anonymous

    You are so wrong, as usual. Tell me, belle,…are you a liberal? I think I already know the answer…

  • Anonymous

    The republicans are the only ones that know everything there is to know about voter fraud and how to suppress the vote. Why is it that the Democrats want everyone to vote and the republicans want to suppress it?

  • Anonymous

    Voter ID, heck I wasn’t even asked for my voter registration card, even though I ended up showing both.

  • Anonymous

    If there is voter fraud, both parties are guilty as the members are all falible humans wanting “their guy” to win. At the end of the day we live in a country in which we can vote for our leaders. While the system isn’t perfect it’s better than what most have in this world. Both sides need to get over it and accept whomever is elected into office next, if you don’t like it wait four years.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Burnley, “belle” is a left winged radical liberal democrat… nuff said? I think so. Don’t waste your time on fools.

  • Anonymous

    Belle probably doesn’t believe man really landed on the moon…

  • Anonymous

    You got gypped, it was 40 acres and a mule. I would file for reparations, but Barack will make up for it. Does reversing the process of shipping you (us) over here mean sending you back to the return address?

  • Anonymous

    Burnley: The request is a very simple one- please provide governmental references to alleged, charged or convicted cases of voter fraud in Miss. Reasonable questions deserve answers, not name-calling.
    Next, some of us are old enough to remember when we recoiled at the idea of a national or state ID card. This was the default position of conservatives and many liberals. I guess the convenience or paying by bank check and the fear of another 9-11 attack may have changed that feeling?!

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