Voter ID – what’s your opinion?

Mississippi has been ordered by a federal judge to implement voter ID in future elections. Much has been said pro and con regarding the subject, and no decision has been made final. In Indiana, opponents of that state’s voter ID law were disappointed when on May 6, the democratic primary election went off without a hitch:

On May 6th, opponents to the law were left disappointed. Indiana experienced one of its highest turnouts ever for a primary election. Turnout increased from 21 percent in the 2004 primary to around 40 percent for the 2008 primary. Presumably, the hotly contested Democratic presidential primary brought scores of new voters to the polls. Nearly 76 percent of the participants took part in the Democratic primary. By comparison, in 2004, only 40 percent of those who participated voted in the Democratic primary.

Simply put, Indiana voters showed up by the hundreds of thousands to fulfill their civic duty with a photo ID in hand. According to our figures, the number showing up to vote without ID continues to be miniscule, dropping slightly even from previous elections when the rate has been two-tenths of a percentile. In fact, opponents of the concept of having a voter identify his or herself still cannot produce one voter who has experienced a violation of his or her rights. 

The entire article may be read here:

Mississippi is a different state with different demographics. But wouldn’t you expect a similar outcome here? What’s your opinion?



Published in: on May 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. If you dont have a photo id you need to have one. there is no problem showing it to vote. you have to show it when you write checks and/or use your credit card. If you want to vote show it. You should have one anyways.

  2. Some countries use your fingerprint. Not only do they have your fingerprint on record when you vote, you get to sport the “voter’s ink” for that day so people will know you voted.

  3. The only reason to not have voter ID in America, or Mississippi is to allow manipulation of the vote.

    With VID the practice of voting early and often will go away. A story was related to me of the gentleman, let’s call him ‘Larry’, who came early to the precinct and voted. A few hours later Larry came back to the precinct in different clothes and voted again. He did this a third and fourth time during the day. My guess is ‘Larry’ hit all the precincts he could before changing clothes and going back out for another round.

    The practice of busing groups of voters from precinct to precinct will go away. Another story told of local election practice is to have a bus load of students from a local College, let’s call them the “Moe’s”, go from precinct to precinct and cast their votes. Think that is an outrageous claim? Ask the people who supervise the precincts if a bus load of “Moe’s” visited them last election. Then ask another precinct captain, be sure to ask captains from each side of the political aisle.

    The practice of the deceased voting will go away. Let’s call them the “Curley’s.” The Curley’s cast their manna votes from Heaven in every election.

    The practice of having 29 people registered from one two bedroom address will go away, let’s call them the ‘Red Flags’. You would be surprised to know who has 29 people registered at their home, all ‘Red Flags’…and all registered from the same home.

    What will also go away with voter ID is the influence, and cost, of those who manage to ‘get out the vote.’ There are those who solicit funds from the candidates to ensure that candidate gets the benefit of Larry, Curly and Moe who vote for the Red Flags.

    Let’s get voter ID in Mississippi and for the first time find out who the legal and registered voters of Mississippi want in office.

    My guess is that the Red Flag waving Larry, Curly and Moe are against voter ID.

  4. No one should feel threatened in today’s world by being asked to show their driver’s license or a photo ID to a clerk or election official before being allowed to vote. Our elections need to be open and fair which ought to preclude the practice of “vote-twice/vote-often.”

    Nevertheless, the responsibility for ensuring that elections are conducted in an atmosphere that is open and fair falls on not only the election officials in each county, but on the Secretary of State as well, because he or she certifies elections. Not even voter ID will resolve this issue if the state and the counties do not take positive steps to combat voter fraud.

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