Should voters have to show ID?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Should voters have to show ID?
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Wed, 05-25-2011 - 1:09pm
Voter ID debate could change 2012 landscape Wisconsin governor to sign photo ID law Wednesday, with bills being debated in Ohio, North Carolina, and other battleground states

After raising the alarm in 2008 that voter fraud could tip the election to Democrats, Republicans are using their victories in last fall’s gubernatorial and state legislative contests to ensure that their fears of deception at the polls don’t materialize in future elections.

In key 2012 battleground states, Republican legislators and governors have been moving to change election laws in order to deter vote fraud, or Democrats say, to limit the number of voters.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-04-2011
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 1:41pm

Yes...it would tend to cut down on the Democrat votes cast by cartoon characters and dead people.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 1:46pm
In my state, we don't show ID. They have our signatures from when we registered to vote. We sign next to that signature when we go to the polls and that signature needs to match the original. That seems to work just fine.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 4:22pm

We've had to show I.D. for several years here, Ohio.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 7:19pm

I can't think of a single reason why a person who is eligible to vote wouldn't be able to show a valid photo ID.





iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2007
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 8:55am

Here, in Ohio, just to ask the Cable Company a question you have to answer all these security questions.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 05-27-2011 - 3:32am

Not sure to be honest. In WA state, we vote by mail out ballets. We registrer when we get our driver's license or vote drivers

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-11-2007
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 12:05pm
I live in Indiana and I've had to show ID for a few years now. Doesn't bother me one bit.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 7:23pm

This is a lot more complicated an issue than might be thought at first. What sort of an ID would be required? Should you have to show a picture ID? Should people be able to register to vote if they don't drive, don't have a passport? What about the homeless who have no address and in many cases, no ID? Should they be able to vote?

Republicans have claimed repeatedly that they're trying to avoid voter fraud and yet......there haven't actually been many cases where voter fraud has been proved.

In the meantime, those who might more easily be disenfranchised by some of the new legislation are often those who would likely vote for a Democratic candidate or referendum.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 5:23pm

My DH didn't have a driver's license or passport until he was 21.





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Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 7:19pm

There are supposed to be no restrictions on voting, save to be eighteen or older and a resident of the municipality, state, or nation.

Since there are usually quite a few more polling places where one can vote than governmental offices issuing any ID (photo or otherwise), the case could be made that requiring a government-issued ID is a disincentive to vote and would unfairly discriminate against those with mobility issues, the homeless, shut-ins, etc.

Jabberwocka

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