Quote from Spidey's mom
I have both my grandparents birth certificates and my parents as well. I love keepsakes. They were all born in rural areas - my grandparents in Arkansas and Oklahoma on small farms. My parents also in the same area until both sets of families moved to California.
I'm almost 60 by the way so my grandparents were born around the turn of last century.
If someone who is 87 has never been able to vote because they didn't have a birth certificate to get an ID . . . why didn't they fix that when they turned 21? Or through all those years in between?
I think this is a small minority of cases and law shouldn't be based on that. Why not just help those people get their birth certificates and ID?
It is easy to get a birth certificate. I live 80 miles away from our county offices and I've gone in a couple of times to get copies of my kids' birth certificates. You have to show them for everything nowadays and I've managed to lose them through the years. If you live far away from your birth place, you can do this through the mail or online.
If you know someone who can't vote because they don't have a birth certificate, help them get one.
As tntrn said, this generation of folks who didn't get a birth certificate will soon die out and this won't be an issue anymore. It shouldn't be an issue because it is an easy fix.
I love keepsakes too. I saw my uncles birth certificate for the first time after he died in 2005. He was born on a table in Arkansas. He weighed 14 pounds. My grandmother later became type I diabetic. Because they called a doctor, who broke her pelvis, he got a birth certificate. That was 1918.
Many people did not have to produce a birth certificate to get an ID when they turned 21. At that time and place it was more common than modern people now know.
QUESTION: If someone who is 87 has never been able to vote because they didn't have a birth certificate to get an ID . . . why didn't they fix that when they turned 21? Or through all those years in between?
My mother born in 1921 had no birth certificate. Somehow she was not so big and my Grandma had an easy delivery.
My Mom registered to vote, and later obtained a passport with school records and report cards and her baptismal certificate from the Catholic church they attended when she was born. That church also kept birth announcements. She voted in every election.
Her mother, my Grandma Minnie, was born in rural Texas. Her father had died in an accident before she was born Her mother died when she was two days old.
She was unofficially cared for by German immigrants. She had to quit school in 3rd grad to pick cotton.
At age 16 she got a job in a packing house. She attended a women's club where they worked for the vote for women.
After women won the right to vote no one in the Texas county where she and most everyone had lived their entire life thought to question whether Minnie was born there. The story of how "Her Daddy was kilt by a runaway horse and her "Spanish Indian Mama" died of a fever" when she was a baby was told over and over.
Of how that "Strong willed little thang" hated picking so she ironed every rich lady's pleated drapes and all and gave Miss Devers her pay."
How "She was so ungrateful to be fed and cared for she give up the Baptist church and become a heathen Catholic."
She registered to vote and proudly voted in every election until her death in 1978.
My husband and his nine brothers and sisters were delivered by his grandmother. In Mississippi before they moved to Illinois they had no birth certificates. The younger ones did.
Again, let me explain:
My husband was born inn 1927.
In 1948 he registered to vote.
His ID was the family Bible with his birth record, His school records, His Illinois driver's license, and his draft card
When he moved to California in 1962 he registered to vote using his new California driver's license and his Illinois Voter Registration papers.