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  •  Burden Should Be On The Government (4+ / 0-)
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    BooMan23, Chi, Larsstephens, needtovent

    Any requirement for ID's for voters should place the burden of issuing said ID's on the state.  They should have mobile voting registration officers and ID issuing equipment.  These should go out and seek all voters at their place of work or residence to register voters and issue the ID's.

    Failure to do so should subject the concerned officials to civil and possibly criminal penalties.  Ultimate responsibility should lie with the governor.  Potential voters could have a hot line to call if they haven't been contacted, but the burden should still be on the registering officers to find the voter, not the voter to complain of not having been registered.

    If voter fraud is 'such' a problem, the burden for fixing it should be on the state and its voting infrastructure.  No cost should fall to the individual voter.  

    Now, the costs of setting up such an infrastructure might be considerable, but anything worth doing is worth doing right. Especially on such a basic issue as voting in a democracy.

    Or maybe the current system isn't that bad after all?

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