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Why Voter ID?


Friday, May 2nd, 2008

We decided to explore Monday’s Supreme Court ruling which determined that requiring voters to show ID to cast a ballot is constitutional. I visited with election law expert Rick Hasen and hopped on the bus to time how long it would take to get a photo ID to vote if you don’t already have one.

4 Responses to “Why Voter ID?”

  1. George Says:

    What a lack of information! Who cares how long it takes you to take a bus to the DMV? Someone might work for the DMV and not have a drivers license. I am sure that everyone goes close to a DMV at some point during the year, save gas, combine trips. In the states that require ID the DMV could have a special line for voter ID only.
    How long did you spend at the DMV? What proof did you have to give and did it cost you anything? After they called your name how long did it really take for you to get a voter ID? Did you get a voter ID?

    We have no proof of illegal voting now because we are not allowed to ID voters. I am a poll worker in NY and I know of cases where people have voted is several voting districts. If NY had an ID system then we would not have the problem. Our biggest problem is people voting out of their election district and that happens ALOT. A voter ID with address would solve that problem.

    What % of voter fraud is OK when national elections are decided by 100,000 or less votes, state elections are decided by a few hunderd votes and local elections are decided by one vote.

  2. Jacob Soboroff Says:

    George, the point we are trying to make is that getting a piece of photo ID may seem like no big deal to most, but that still leaves trouble for some who don’t have the time or the means to do so. Prof. Hasen’s suggestion of pre-registration including a voter ID when you reach voting age is an interesting one that seems to address some concerns here. The most important players in this drama are the voters and our mission is to look at best and worst practices in order to start a dialogue about making voting as accesible, secure and reliable as possible for all eligible Americans, not just most eligible Americans. Best, Jacob

  3. George Says:

    No the point is THAT IT IS NO BIG DEAL and while the Prof. has a good idea and I would support required voter registration and would require everyone to vote, the only reason that people like the Prof. say that it is a hardship is that they want to allow illegal alien, (sorry I should say ‘undocumented immigrant’) to vote and the much bigger problem of people voting outside of their district.
    If voting to these people was so important I bet that they would take the time to get an ID. Don’t you remember in the last election a group called ACORN who registered thousands of people who did not exist or did not live where they say that they lived. SEE:
    Has the Prof. or you ever worked as a poll worker? Bet not.

  4. Michael Says:

    Jacob: If one has the time to vote then one has the time to get a state-issued ID card. There is no reason to allow voting without proof of identification.

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