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  •  There was no voter fraud in Indiana. (0+ / 0-)

    There is no "problem".

    You encountered a bureaucratic problem that was easily fixed when you saw that they had misread your name.

    Look, I've voted at the same polling place as my parents for about 20 years.  For some portion of that time, I was registered at their address.  Additionally, there is someone in the neighborhood who has the same name as I do, but we don't live at the same address.  My voting card gives all the vital statistics anyone needs to determine which person I am.  It was sent to my home though the mail, I hold it, the others with similar but different vitals hold cards that distinguish them from me and really the photo is neither here nor there.

    There is no need for people to appear in person to get their picture taken at some remote location to address what is a non-existent problem.  The question I have is what were you doing going to the polls without having received a voter registration card confirming your registration anyway?  The system that most states have in place is actually pretty secure.  Voter fraudsters aren't going and hunting through mailboxes for voter registration cards.  

    •  Well... (0+ / 0-)

      ...we'll just have to agree to disagree then. It would have been nice, however, if you had bothered to read everything I had said, instead of glossing over it.

      It's clear you didn't because the answer to your final question is in my first post.

      You want less secure elections because instead of going to fill out a registration card, going to have than done AND have your picture taken is so completely over the top in terms of inconvenience.

      Gotcha.

    •  not all places ask for voter registration card (0+ / 0-)

      inclusiveheart, you are making the erroneous assumption that all places ask for the voter registration card, which they do NOT. Some states, such as mine, have decreed that the poll workers may not ask for ANY KIND OF ID AT ALL, because somehow this is considered "disenfranchisement".

      All we are able to do is give our name and address, and if you don't think someone could just walk up and say he was me and give my address (I guess he would have to be about my age, though how could they prove even that if they can't ask for ID?) and bingo, he gets my vote.

      •  I didn't assume they ask for the card. (0+ / 0-)

        They don't ask for the card in my area.

        I made the point that voters receive a registration card which can be useful at clearing up clerical errors before you get to the polls and when you are there.  

        All I have to do is give my name and address and so far no one has tried to impersonate me - apparently no one that they know of in Indiana has tried to impersonate anyone else either.

        The issue as I understand voter fraud when it is a problem comes from three areas:

        1. Dead people - which could easily be solved by cross-referencing dead people's names and the voter rolls.
        1. People making up people who don't exist - which isn't hard to do with a birth certificate and thus Indiana's law does nothing to fix that problem.
        1. People claiming to live at one address when they actually live at another.  Again the birth certificate does nothing to address that problem - nor does a passport if they go that far.

        Picture IDs are not a panacea solution to this non-existent problem by any means.

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