Trump appears not to understand grocery shopping in latest push for voter ID laws

Business Insider,  August 1, 2018

President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared not to understand how grocery shopping — or any kind of retail shopping — works.

While making the case for requiring voters to show picture identification at polls, Trump, who has long alleged without evidence that millions of votes were illegally cast in the 2016 presidential election, said that basically all retail transactions required picture ID. ...

Retail transactions in the US rarely require ID anymore. Shoppers paying with a check or card may have to produce ID, but this is largely done at the retailer's discretion and is much less common of a feature than it was a generation ago.

Purchases of tobacco, alcohol, fireworks, or firearms (which are sometimes available in grocery stores) also generally prompt an ID check if the shopper appears visibly below certain broad age thresholds. For example, a shopper who appears under 40 years old may have to show an ID to buy cigarettes.

But tobacco, alcohol, and explosives don't meet the common definition of groceries. The US government, when issuing food stamps, essentially government money for groceries, takes measures to ensure they're spent on foodstuffs, rather than age-restricted goods.

By Alex Lockie

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