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: 04-22-2005
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 7:57pm

How do those people usually go about registering to vote?





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Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 8:13pm
In my state (WA) we registrator when we get our drivers license or state issued ID's. My sister moved back to WA from NV. She wanted to vote (she had been registed before here) she went in & they put her back on the rolls. I just asked her if she had to show I'd, she said no, they looked her up in their computer. Had her sign some paperwork & with in a month when we voted there was a ballot for her too (WA & OR both vote by mail)
~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 8:14pm
In my state, to register to vote, one must have state issued ID or driver's license. After that, ID is not required and the only thing that is required when voting is signing right next to a copy of your signature from the original registration form.

My grandmother was one who had her ID expire because she quit driving. It would have been a hardship for her to have to go to the DMV just to get a state issued ID to be able to vote.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 8:26pm

How can you go put your signature on a registration form every four years no problem but can't renew an ID every 5-10 years (depending on the ID) without extreme hardship?





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Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 10:50pm

States vary.

To register to vote in New Mexico, I had to fill out a form from the county clerk's office (I called and requested that the form be mailed to me) which required name, gender, date of birth, social security number, address and phone number. Mailed it back.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 04-09-2006
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 7:02am
I agree. This seems to be another of those fear based issues. I live in Texas, famous for the high turnout rate of its dead voters...but those votes are cast by election officials and their ilk, not by people masquerading as Great Grandma and Uncle Frank. Deborah
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Registered: 04-09-2006
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 7:04am
Why should one have to comply with yet another government paperwork requirement that's not really necessary? Deborah
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 8:42am
In the case of my grandma, she received her ballots by mail.
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 8:43am
In Missouri, polling places have elections officials from at least the two major parties--they both monitor the voter registration rolls. Acts as a check against the sort of fraud you mentioned.

I think voter fraud, while potentially serious, is another GOP-manufactured issue. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2007/05/16/12920/voter-fraud-study/

Even the ever-vigilant Fox [tongue in cheek], needs must use a rather minor election and small-scale "theft" to run a story. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/20/tried-steal-election-ny-voter-fraud-case-heats/

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Fri, 06-03-2011 - 1:11pm

Ah, I see, thank you. I appreciate your patience with me.





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