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Last week, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed North Carolina's restrictive voter identification bill. Her full statement:

“The right to choose our leaders is among the most precious freedoms we have – both as Americans and North Carolinians. North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.

“We must always be vigilant in protecting the integrity of our elections. But requiring every voter to present a government-issued photo ID is not the way to do it.  This bill, as written, will unnecessarily and unfairly disenfranchise many eligible and legitimate voters.  The legislature should pass a less extreme bill that allows for other forms of identification, such as those permitted under federal law.

“There was a time in North Carolina history when the right to vote was enjoyed only by some citizens rather than by all. That time is past, and we should not revisit it.

“Therefore, I veto this bill.”

The bill is part of a tide of anti-voter legislation that has swept the country. Some half a dozen states have passed voter ID laws since January alone. It's part of the Republican "shrink the vote" 2012 strategy, and it's going to affect hundreds of thousands of registered voters in North Carolina alone:

The State Board of Elections estimated that as many as 500,000 of the state’s 6.1 million registered voters may not have a form of valid photo identification.

Local election officials were wary, saying a voter ID requirement could increase the length of time someone spends in line at the polls and increase the difficulty of dealing with provisional ballots — those that voters cast but the board of elections doesn’t count until it can determine if the person should have been allowed to vote.

“We are currently running the cleanest, most accurate elections that have ever been run in the history of this country,” said George Gilbert , who heads the Guilford County Board of Elections. “They’re not perfect, but whenever you have a problem in elections, you need to identify exactly where it’s coming from....I don’t know what problem they’re trying to address.”

Hearings before the House Elections Committee earlier this year produced scant evidence of any statewide voting fraud.

When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana's restrictive voter ID law in 2008, it was only a matter of time before there was a move in nearly every state legislature to duplicate the bill (and its suppression effect).

Note that Perdue is not taking voter ID requirements completely off the table—she would sign a bill with less strict photo ID requirements.

Given the legal landscape, voter ID laws are here to stay for the 2012 cycle. The battle in the states is now about the degree of burden on voters. The National Conference of State Legislatures has mapped out the terrain:

"Strict photo" laws mean:

Voters must show a photo ID in order to vote.  Voters who are unable to show photo ID at the polls are permitted to vote a provisional ballot, which is counted only if the voter returns to election officials within several days after the election to show a photo ID.

"Photo" laws mean:

Voters are asked to show a photo ID in order to vote.  Voters who are unable to show photo ID are still allowed to vote if they can meet certain other critieria.  In some states, a voter with ID can vouch for a voter without.  Other states ask a voter without ID to provide personal information such as a birth date, or sign an affidavit swearing to his or her identity.  Voters without ID are not required to return to election officials after the election and show a photo ID in order to have their ballots counted in the manner that voters without ID in the strict photo ID states are.  

"Non-photo" laws mean:

All voters must show ID at the polls.  The list of acceptable IDs is varied and includes options that do not have a photo, such as a utility bill or bank statement with the voter's name and address.

"Strict" voter ID laws are being aggressively pushed in the states with the closest 2008 margins. Some have been held until subsequent legislative sessions, others were vetoed, and others are already in effect.

Voting rights advocates have been able to hold the line in some states, and governors in four states have used their veto pens to minimize the damage. Those seeking to making it harder to vote, however, show no sign of letting up. The flurry of activity in the first half of this year will be nothing compared to what we'll see over the next six months as more states try to enact stricter voter ID requirements before the 2012 election.

As we monitor the developments, one this is certain: the Obama campaign will have to implement what may be the most robust voter education initiative ever undertaken by a campaign. If there's any campaign organization that's up to that task, it's OFA.

In the meantime, for more state-specific data and to see what's happening in your own state, check out the NCSL's Voter ID page here.

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  •  Gov Perdue has followed her Veto of Voter ID (15+ / 0-)

    with a veto of a abortion waiting period bill:

    House Bill 854 would prohibit an abortion unless a woman is provided with state-specified information about the physician at least 24 hours in advance.

    "This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors. The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in terms of interfering with that relationship," Perdue said in a statement. "Physicians must be free to advise and treat their patients based on their medical knowledge and expertise and not have their advice overridden by elected officials seeking to impose their own ideological agenda on others.”

    Bev Perdue is like the legendary little Dutch boy, holding her finger in the dike against the worst flood of GOP legislation NC has ever seen.

    Hang in there, Governor. NC voters will send you some help in November 2012.

    There should never be a tax benefit for companies that screw over American workers.

    by bear83 on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:11:35 PM PDT

    •  I am also from NC, (0+ / 0-)

      and I also happen to be an election official (volunteer), and my precinct's PTO official - the one who has to tell people they aren't registered and have to use a provisional ballot.

      And I could kiss Governor Perdue on the mouth for this one!

      First, it makes me want to bang my head into the wall when, as I did last week, have to listen to a "low information" voter (everybody claims to vote - hah!) tell me that they had a friend follow someone "from precinct to precinct" and watched them vote, illegally, in all of these precincts.

      All I can say is - Not a chance!  Even though NC does not require iD at the polls, you must have a name and valid address that matches, exactly, what we have in the poll books.  Otherwise - you have to talk to me.  NC allows for challenges at the polling place (within limits) and there are poll watchers, assigned by the parties, that watch for people they have in lists that have moved, died, etc. and are no longer eligible to vote, and would be more than happy to finally have even one actual voter to challenge (I've been doing this for 20 years, and have never had even one challenge).

      Even though NC does not require ID at the polls, you must be legally registered to vote - and show a valid ID when registering or the first time you vote.  Otherwise - you have to talk to me.  

      Even though NC does not require ID at the polls, you must continue to live within the district.  If two mailings are sent back to the BOE, you have to show valid ID, once again, before being allowed to vote.  Otherwise - you have to talk to me.  

      Even though NC does not require I at the polls, you must sign a document saying that all of the information you have given is legally correct.  You must sign this.  Otherwise - you have to talk to me.  

      And in all of the years I have done this, and all of the provisional ballots I have given out, there has never, NEVER, been any assertion of voter impersonation.  

      The only case of fraudulent voting prosecuted in NC in my time as an election official, was the "roommate" and campaign worker of Rep. Patrick McHenry(R).:

      "The CBS News Investigative Unit has learneda man who was a field coordinator in Congressman Patrick McHenry's (R-NC) 2004 campaign has been indicted for voter fraud in North Carolina.

      The indictment charges that Michael Aaron Lay, 26, illegally cast his ballot in two 2004 Congressional primary run-offs in which McHenry was a candidate. The charges indicate that Lay voted in a district where it was not legal for him to vote.

      At the time Lay was listed as a resident in a home owned by 32-year-old McHenry but campaign records indicate Lay's paychecks were sent to an address in Tennessee. McHenry won the primary by only 86 votes. According to Gaston County, North Carolina District Attorney Locke Bell, Lay was indicted on Monday, May 7 by a local grand jury."

      But McHenry(R)  is no stranger to charges of voting illegally:

      Congressman Patrick T. McHenry (R-NC), right, purchased a residence in Washington, DC's Capital Hill neighborhood with another man, PageOneQ has learned. While he owned the home, McHenry and co-owner Scott G. Stewart claimed eligibility for the District of Columbia's Homestead Tax Deduction, a tax reduction program to encourage homeownership and residence in DC. At the same time McHenry was registered to vote, and did so, in Gaston County, North Carolina.
      The DC Recorder of Deeds told PageOneQ that McHenry and Stewart received a $60,000 deduction off the property's assessed value for tax reduction purposes in the second half of 2001. In order to receive the tax reduction, homeowners are required to certify that the property is "occupied by the owner/applicant." The eligibility guidelines state that the "property must be the principal residence (domicile) of the owner/applicant."

      At the same time he owned the home and claimed the deduction in DC, North Carolina Board of Elections records show that McHenry voted in Gaston County, NC. McHenry first cast a ballot in Gaston in November 1993. Subsequently, he voted in twenty different elections up through the November 7, 2006 General Election. On November 6, 2001 McHenry voted in a North Carolina polling location. On that date he was also receiving the Homestead Deduction on his DC property.

      "Applicants need to submit a form to us that states the residence is their principal home," Irving Gwin of the DC Office of Tax and Revenue told PageOneQ. "The form includes questions about drivers' licenses, vehicle ownership, and voter registration."

      But the GOP is not about stopping voter fraud.  What they're about is stopping this:

      Obama campaign manager David Plouffe released a memo today that pointed out that the early voting statistics in North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Florida and Iowa. 20% of all early voting Colorado Democrats had never voted in an election before, and have an almost 300,000 new voter advantage in North Carolina.

      In North Carolina 56% of the early votes were cast by Democrats, compared to 48% in 2004.  People are energized for this election. In North Carolina, 18% of all early Democratic voters are new voters compared to 15% for the Republicans.

      If they were truly against voter fraud, they would direct their energies against the people actually committing voter fraud.

      People like Ann Coulter; Mitt Romney; Jon Huntsman; Indiana Secretary of State, Charlie White; a GOP-linked registration firm (who were actually committing voter registration fraud, unlike ACORN); or officials in Kentucky and Ohio, who were found to be rigging recounts and vote tallies.

      But no... not only is IOKIYAR, but IOK if the other side are the DFH.  Because, as the Maine GOP head, Charlie Webster, stated, “If you want to get really honest, this is about how the Democrats have managed to steal elections from Maine people,” Webster told a columnist for the Portland Press Herald in a piece published Friday. “Many of us believe that the Democrats intentionally steal elections.

      This is after the GOP clean-sweeped the last election.  Good stealing from the Dems going on there.

      Right.  The party with numbers consistently between 45%-55% is stealing elections from the party that hovers between 20%-35% of registered voters.

      With numbers like that, the only thing you can hope for is that people will stay home rather than voting.

      And that is why voter suppression is the "winning strategy" of the GOP.

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 09:26:03 AM PDT

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      •  As an election official, I know you'll be thrilled (0+ / 0-)

        with the GOP redistricting plan which splits precincts between 2 - or in some cases 3 - different House seats, plus 2 Senate seats. They are trying to sew a decade of confusion into NC voting process.

        "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." — Abraham Lincoln

        by bear83 on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 04:44:09 PM PDT

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  •  Nice Work Gov Perdue (10+ / 0-)

    I'm a happy NC resident with her in the Massion.

    Thanks Governor Perdue

  •  Disgusting..I simply hate republicans.... (2+ / 0-)
    •  Republicans are nazis (0+ / 0-)

      The Republican party should be banned.

      •  Should not be rec'd but ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... boy howdy it's tempting.

        "A good president does what's possible and a great president changes what's possible." --sterno

        by sk4p on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 07:22:18 AM PDT

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      •  Actually (0+ / 0-)

        by definition, they are  small "f" fascists:

        "Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

        1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

        2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

        3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

        4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread
        domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

        5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

        6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

        7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

        8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

        9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

        10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

        11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

        12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

        13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

        14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections."

        Now, of course the Nazis were also fascists, not the "socialists" that RWers claim them to be, but that's for another day...

        "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

        by Bcre8ve on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 07:26:44 AM PDT

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  •  Ohio soon (0+ / 0-)

    HB 159 include a photo-id provision like in Indiana, and it's coming up for vote this week.

    by ManfromMiddletown on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:19:19 PM PDT

  •  A homeless persons vote counts just as much as (9+ / 0-)

    a Billionaires vote...and the Republicans can't stand that fact.
    Indeed, they do all they can to abrogate that fact.

    "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

    by Mr SeeMore on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:23:23 PM PDT

  •  Another "job creating bill"... (2+ / 0-)
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    bear83, mon

    ...vetoed for no good reason.

    Oh wait....

    The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

    by Egalitare on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:24:13 PM PDT

  •  Disenfranchising transfolk... (4+ / 0-)

    ...who do not wish to be outed to the public.

  •  the only way to beat these gop thugs (1+ / 0-)
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    is to educate, educate, educate, make folks realize they must have IDs and help them get the IDs too, if possible.

  •  Republicans officials are debased. (2+ / 0-)
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    bear83, sk4p

    Sure they're funny, cause endless astonishment, and are useful illustrations of what is insane to our children.

    But they really just want most of the population under their thumb, don't they?

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:26:56 PM PDT

  •  OFA -- aren't they evil on DKos now? (0+ / 0-)

    I thought the DKos line was that they are ineffective and an arm of Corporate America at best, virtual Republicans at worst.

    Oh, and you shouldn't give them any money, that's for sure.

    In case of snark-impairedness, that was snark.

  •  Um . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    I am an election official, and have been one off and on in California for twenty years.

    The chart is wrong.

    We have a Voter ID Law. When you register to vote you must have an I.D.  If you register to vote by mail, you must show it on election day  at the polls.

    Title 2, California Code of Regulations, Section 20107(d)(1) defines “photo
    identification” as a document prepared by a third party in the ordinary course of
    business that includes a photograph and name of the individual presenting it, including

    A. driver’s license or identification card of any state;
    B. passport;
    C. employee identification card;
    D. identification card provided by a commercial establishment;
    E. credit or debit card;
    F. military identification card;
    G. student identification card;
    H. health club identification card;
    I. insurance plan identification card.


    Everytime one votes after SHOWING their ID to an election officer the first time  one votes, one signs an oath that one is the same person, at the same address, in the same party, as the person that originally registered.

    Hamdan v. Rumsfeld = the Constitution travels with the flag

    by sailmaker on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:34:49 PM PDT

    •  NC has similar ID requirements (1+ / 0-)
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      at the time of registration - not exactly the same list, but similar. And we also have to sign before receiving a ballot every time.

      But showing a photo ID to vote evry time is a blatant attempt to disenfranchise certain voters who just happen to lean Democratic.

      "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." — Abraham Lincoln

      by bear83 on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:45:44 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  to clarify (5+ / 0-)

      the NCSL chart is not about whether an ID is required to register to vote, it's about whether a state has an across-the-board requirement that a registered voter must show an ID to vote on election day.

      In CA, as you mention, if someone registered to vote by mail, then the first time they vote they have to show an ID. But that's not the same as an across-the-board voter ID requirement that requires all registered voters to present an ID every time they vote (which is the heart of the voter ID question).

      Thanks for the links.

  •  I like that Idaho has it. (0+ / 0-)

    Like if they didn't it would make it competitive or something.  Lol.  Sucks for the people there, though.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 08:36:42 PM PDT

  •  Wondering how to tackle voter fraud? (0+ / 0-)

    And balance the right to vote for a homeless guy as mentioned above. At the same time you got some other person who is organizing others to falsely file a ballot.  

    Nevertheless here in CA an address is required when registering to vote.  

    Personally I don't have a problem with some sort of ID used when submitting a ballot. There are workarounds for those very few who don't have an ID.

    There are very few people who don't an ID. Their rights can be protected.

    •  A little perspective (4+ / 0-)
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      smiley7, SneakySnu, Cyndiannp, sethtriggs
      There are workarounds for those very few who don't have an ID.

      The NC Board of Elections has estimated that 600,000 NC voters don't have a state-issued photo ID - about 10% of all NC voters. They mostly include the elderly, students, and minorities.

      President Obama won NC by a little over 14,000 votes in 2008.

      "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." — Abraham Lincoln

      by bear83 on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 09:15:24 PM PDT

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    •  This is a 'solution' in search of a problem. (0+ / 0-)

      I can't even think of any widespread "voter fraud" especially since the impact of doing so is very small. Such cases of 'voter fraud' would be so rare as to constitute an urban legend, honestly.

      Personally, it makes voting more convenient for me that I don't have to show my ID. I just go to the table, I give my name, and there I am in the register book. I think if we make voting easier it will also help more people actually, you know, participate in the process and perhaps even ensure better, more progressive/people-centered policies.

  •  BEWARE!!! (0+ / 0-)

    If they start going after early voting, disenfranchisement will have gone into overdrive. Imagine that clusterfuck.
    They have no qualms, and no lack of imagination when it comes to sacrificing your rights on the altar of greed.

  •  Koch and Pope in NC (2+ / 0-)
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    Cyndiannp, bear83

    We have a battle on our hands here, too.

    Go Gov.!

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 09:21:14 PM PDT

  •  work on getting folks photo IDs (0+ / 0-)

    trying to defeat this is great, but ultimately futile in my opinion. Make it irrelevant by working to get the poor and other folks photo IDs and thus render this tactic pointless.

  •  Out here in Oregon we vote by mail. (1+ / 0-)
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    I've never heard a complete rundown of the advantages vs. disadvantages.
    It seems like it might disenfranchise the homeless, but how easy is it for homeless people to vote in other states?
    It seems to me like it's working out.

    ...and dropping a bar bell he points to the sky, saying "The sun's not yellow-it's CHICKEN!"

    by porchdog1961 on Mon Jun 27, 2011 at 10:46:35 PM PDT

  •  I'll be honest (0+ / 0-)

    I don't undersand this issue, you need photo ID to buy beer, why shouldn't we have to do the same to vote? What 18 year old or holder doesn't have ID?

    •  Because photo ID = drivers license (1+ / 0-)
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      In North Carolina, in order to get a drivers license you must have proof of liability insurance.  Since not everyone over 18 is a car owner or has insurance, some people are not eligible for a license.  This does not mean they should be ineligible to vote.  When you register to vote, you have to demonstrate your residence in that district.  

      When you vote in NC, you simply confirm your address with the electoral worker and sign your name.  That should be sufficient for voting.

  •  Glad that Iowa has no voter ID requirement. (0+ / 0-)

    I have never shown my ID to vote, though I always have my voter registration in my wallet and have had for the last 32 years. Come to think of it, I had a voter card before I had a drivers license.  hmm...  

    I woke up this morning only to realize, it's opposite day again.

    by Melanie in IA on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 03:49:51 AM PDT

  •  Riddle me this Batman... (2+ / 0-)
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    Bodean, sethtriggs

    So in those states which have a strict photo ID requirement, how are people allowed to vote absentee by mail?

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 04:32:09 AM PDT

  •  Map doesn't reflect that (0+ / 0-)

    Oklahoma now requires photo ID at the polls.

    "You can have democracy or you can have great concentration of wealth, but you cannot have both." ~Justice Louis Brandeis

    by Bodean on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 05:40:28 AM PDT

  •  In non-ID-requiring NM (0+ / 0-)

    a majority of voters DO pull out their drivers licences and hand them to the elections clerk, as it speeds the process of signing in to vote and is seen as a courtesy to the poll workers.  I usually do it too.  Yet I always hesitate, and ask myself if I SHOULD.  Because I don't want to contribute to the potential marginalization of people who can't, so easily.  

    Still, the era when one could function without "papers please" seems to me rapidly fading, like it or not.  And I think privacy in general may become a casualty of history.  I adore the Internet, I adore having the libraries of the world at my fingertips ... but everything comes with a cost.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 07:02:04 AM PDT

  •  Error Washington State (0+ / 0-)

    There are no polling places in Washington State, and all voting is by mail.  (Voters may vote at their county auditor's office or other authorized place.)  As such, there is no I.D. requirement except that their signature on the mail-in ballot match their signature on file on their registration.

    Voter registration can be done on-line or by mail or in person.  Washington State drivers license, or state I.D., or social security number is adequate for registration.

  •  Oregon, people (0+ / 0-)

    on-line and mail registration, vote by mail.  And no Republicans elected state-wide for years.  Oh, THAT"S why they hate it.

  •  put the kibosh on it (0+ / 0-)

    Obama could put the kibosh on this. Just provide a photo ID to every food stamp recipient as part of the program. They issue cards already. Just put a picture on them.

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