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View Diary: A frustrating voter ID punt from the Pennsylvania Supremes (43 comments)

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  •  The decision is second best, but it is a strong... (0+ / 0-)

    ... second.  Best, it is calling the Republicans' bluff. (It is Republican legislators and governors in every state, I believe, who have imposed a voter photo ID requirement.)

    You just can't be against eligible voters voting. You just can't be for making it hard to comply with the registration law. Ditto on being sure the voter is in the right place. (We still have location-specific voting downticket and will likely have for ages to come.) And election officials do have the obligation to confirm the prospective voter's identity. (This requires good faith; abusing it is easily observable and tantamount to voter fraud.)

    Having been an election judge - and a poll watcher - I understand that an ID with the voter's name spelled correctly is very handy. (Asking for more, such as a current photo [US passports are valid for 10 years] or proof of residence when it hasn't changed is, again, abuse of the process.) So ... ID cards aren't all bad. (Many of us liberals argue against them, but they would make many transactions of human life a whole lot easier, especially handling voter moves, name changes, etc.)

    That said, being able to get one (1) conveniently, (2) without cost and (3) on the same day at the polling place (if necessary) ought to be an essential part of a state's voting process. Expensive? Yup ... so Republicans, think carefully before you impose a rigid voter photo ID requirement and do it at least a year in advance of the election you're gonna require 'em for.

    Best of all, get your data bases on a secure electronic record that is readily updatable at government offices throughout your cities and counties.

    Acute observers may see flaws in my enthusiasm, the most obvious of which is that there is such minuscule proof of voter fraud due to mis-identification. So there, Republicans, it is! Again, where's the problem?

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:38:58 AM PDT

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