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Apr 14, 2015

Voter fraud is almost non-existent and typically involves republicans. ID laws are designed to reduce turn out in various democrat leaning demographics, this has been openly admitted to by the republicans that helped push for it in the recent election cycles. Meanwhile, the ID would slow things down at the polls, reduce turn out and still not prevent any fraud (fake IDs already exist, ask teenagers).

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Apr 14, 2015

Really? When I was in the Navy, we "conveniently" deployed one month prior to the 2000 elections and I received my absentee ballot four days after the election (those same ballots Gore did not want to count). In 2008, I moved to Arizona from Nevada and registered to vote there but still received an absentee ballot from Arizona for the Presidential elections (no I did not cast the NV absentee one). In 2010, [Google it] Nevada saw a 50,000 person drop in population and yet sizeable increase in inactive voter registrations which were instrumental (along with the casino votes bussed to the polls) in re-electing Harry Reid. How many were "erroneously" sent ballots that should not have been and how many were named "Mickey Mouse"? There is documented proof that fraud exists and I have personally seen some of it.

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Apr 14, 2015

Thank you for your service.

Back to the topic: There are some people in particular that would complain and whine with megaphones if Republicans were the ones committing the fraud. Since the jokes are mainly: "The dead vote democrat" and "Democrats vote and vote often." In addition to the lack of Republican jokes of the same nature, it is safe to assume that fraud does occur and the party trying to allow felons and illegals the right to vote are not republicans.

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Feb 4, 2016

What documented proof? Even those pushing this issue most dishonestly can't talk about a rate of voter fraud that is anything above non-existent. Contrast that with the very real reality of stolen votes and barriers to voting that Republicans have pushed forward and there is simply no debate. When even Colin Powell is not on your side, I think it may be time to re-evaluate.

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Apr 14, 2015

I believe that voter fraud is NOT "almost non-existent" and it is NOT exclusively republican. If it truly did involve republicans then that is what the news media would talk about all the time. Take the Obama supporter in Ohio that admitted that she voted for Obama 6 times. Yeah the media talked about it but, they have never followed up on the story.

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Apr 14, 2015

Why follow up on a story about 6 votes when the gap in the state wasn't small enough to warrant a recount? You would have to run the story as "well this happened and had no negative effect on the outcome" and that isn't what someone wanting to score a win for voter ID laws would want to have to write.

Googling for voter fraud turns up stories mostly about petition fraud to get people on ballots as opposed to election issues regarding actual votes being cast. It also turns up various investigations that end up saying voter fraud at time of elections is very minimal and typically involves people who believe their voting rights were intact but for various reasons were not (thus these people weren't overtly and specifically committing a crime with the intent to defraud an election, they were merely misinformed of their voting status).

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Apr 14, 2015

It looks like the votes amounted to one or two extra votes per election and indicates a lack of communication between the group tallying absentee ballots and in-person votes. The photo ID would have prevented her from voting for her sister, but so would poll personnel being attentive 'ma'am you can't get back in line or ma'am why are you filling out two voting slips'.

This fringe case doesn't justify blatantly disenfranchising democratic voters via voter ID laws being rushed to pass prior to elections.

If the right wants voter id laws legit then try making a voter ID law that also makes voting day a national holiday. That's a grown up method to compromise and prove you have a pair and want something for legitimate reason. Anything shy of a meaningful compromise is a partisan attempt to limit the voter turn out.

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Apr 14, 2015

If it was a national holiday then who would count the votes and work the polls? Heck, some businesses don't even get the Christmas holiday off.

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Apr 14, 2015

It would be a holiday for non federal employees to allow for workers to handle the polls. The idea is people having the day off would increase voter turnout, and the "threat" to republican sovereignty on vote day could be protected by voter id that is passed in conjunction.

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Apr 14, 2015

I had an aunt that was not able to get an ID in NC when the state tried to require one for a bank account. She was born in 1918 in WV. I think at home out in the country. She never married or got a drivers license. Her biggest problem was her name was Marguerete which can be spelled a dozen different ways. She worked her entire adult life and was an officer for a small business. Most of her life she lived in a big city in NC.
I would have been interesting for someone that voted in most elections with poll workers she had gone to church with for decades would now say she could not vote. Getting the id to vote may be easier now then in the late 90s but it is wrong to exclude someone that can be legal in every other way.

I realize her problem was when and where she was born but it is up to the states to make it easy especially for old people that are known in their home community. Especially if they have voted for years. Not against the ID but no American should be kept from getting one free.

I would disagree with ids slowing things down. When I voted a few weeks ago giving the poll worker my drivers license so she could compare the address to the voting roll instead of asking a lot of question

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Apr 14, 2015

You really can't say voter fraud is almost non-existent because we don't ID people so how do you know if they can or cannot vote without asking them? On top of that we have proof that some people who aren't suppose to vote have voted. We've seen cases where an illegal alien ran for office and had voted in the past, we also have a study from New York where DOI undercover agents showed up at 63 polling places and pretended to be voters who should have been turned away by election officials. The agents had assumed the names of individuals who had died or moved out of town, or who were sitting in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, the testers were allowed to vote.

In my state there is no voter registration, you show up with an ID and vote simple.

What about the poor who can't afford an ID you say, well, you need an ID to apply for food stamps, to open a bank account to apply for welfare and to Rent/buy a house. So either the poor aren't doing any of those things or they already have the proper ID.

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Apr 14, 2015

We use voter ID here in Ohio and it does NOT show things at the polls.

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