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miseem Nov 1, 5:53 p.m.
So far, the only major voter scandal in this election cycle has come from the right. Of course, we will always have those "My wife's cousin's friend was working at the polls and he said he saw" well documented cases of fraud.
tshan Nov 1, 4:12 p.m.
I waited for about an hour yesterday to vote and talked with voters from both parties. My wife, and a few others on both sides were shocked when as they were taking out their id's I told them they didn't need them. They all thought they had to show id. I could have easily said I was my neighbor, just need to say my name and address, and voted.
People steal everyday. People are killed everday. Identity theft happens a lot. I really believe that people will stoop to voting more than once as someone else just to get their person elected. And I'm sure it happens on both sides. There aren't many cases caught sure, but look how easy it is to do which makes it almost impossible to catch.
I'm not afraid of democracy. Why are libs so afraid of making sure the voting process is legit? Once LEGAL voter, one vote. Make the id free to people that can't afford it, which I think it already is. If you can make the effort to get to the polls, you can make the effort once to get your id.
ScientiaVinces Nov 1, 3:29 p.m.
Why are "conservatives" so afraid of democracy?
27228 Nov 1, 1:28 p.m.
What's news? A conservative group looking for a problem thinks that they may possibly have found one. SSDD
baldchip Nov 1, 11:46 a.m.
Photo IDs are fair to cash a check, begin SSS, board a plane,
get near or in the DNC Convention, but not to vote?? Rediculous!!
Same day registration and voting opens up pandora's box for fraud. However, for the left, anything goes as long as the cause is safe. Cheatin-is fine as long as no one gets caught. Misappropriation of funds-fine as long as no one gets caught.
On and on...
Same day registration is a prescription for cheating. Just another liberal trick!!
SAVE AMERICA-ROMNEY For PRESIDENT!!
nufsaid Nov 1, 11:43 a.m.
"I question anything a conservative think tank has to say about elections. They are more interested in advancing their agenda than ensuring the right to vote.
I support your right to have an opinion. Just as I support those that question the comments and actions of Gary Bartlett.
wanderer Nov 1, 11:01 a.m.
The undeliverable issue must have crossed party lines. Coming from a Conservative think tank, if it were only letters coming back from people registering Democrat that information would have been added. Instead, they looked at how they registered but didn't record it.
BE Nov 1, 10:51 a.m.
I question anything a conservative think tank has to say about elections. They are more interested in advancing their agenda than ensuring the right to vote.
tayled Nov 1, 10:17 a.m.
I would not only take exception to a candidate or party holding a voter registration drive and then shuttling these new voters to early voting sites, which has been done in the past, but I question the entire early voting thing to begin with. There's simply no excuse as to why you cannot make it to your precinct to vote sometime on election day or vote absentee.
krimson Nov 1, 9:15 a.m.
Few thoughts from this Lib:
1) We are already issued Voter IDs by the State when our Registration Application is approved: its called the Voter Card. I'll assume every county in NC issues Registered Voters this simple card.
2) In order to receive a Voter Card (thereby having your Registration approved), you must prove to BOE that you are legal. BOE also vets the applications to verify information presented is true. It is already a crime to lie on the application.
3) As to the point of Registering and then immediately voting at early voting sites, I would assume BOE holds those ballots aside until it can be determined if such voter is indeed legal.
4) I actually support Voter ID of some kind, but understand that the cost to the Tax-Payer via additional training and equipment may not offset the statistical likelihood of voting fraud. In other words, we need to figure out how much $$$ is too much $$$ fighting a crime that is so rare...
dlwilliams1 Nov 1, 8:50 a.m.
I beg to differ. All of these types of think tanks didn't emerge until after the 2008 election when minority registration and voting sky rocketed. Some may try to defraud, but the majority want to do it by the numbers. Don't use this as an excuse to hinder the minority vote. It's happening all over the country and the laws that are done correctly stand and those that aren't fall. Don't rekindle Jim Crow and Dr. James Crow. Same present wrapped in new paper.
whatelseisnew Nov 1, 8:27 a.m.
"I actually THOUGHT NC already had that in place. Seems I recall some years back that this was done for those folks who couldn't get/didn't have drivers license. Maybe I dreamed it...."
Yes you can get a State issued Photo ID other than a Driver's License. We had to do that for my MIL, for some ODD reason the Social Security people told her she needed to have it, even though she had an ID from Florida. It was horrible to obtain. I can not understand why they were so mean about it and just would not take her word that she was the person she claimed to be. LOL, actually it was quite easy to get it.
We NEED voter photo ID. We also need a serious overhaul on what is required to register. It is basically a joke. If they required showing a photo ID in order to register, that would be much better. But given we have millions of illegal people that have driver licenses, at this point it should require a birth certificate and a photo ID to register to vote.
storchheim Oct 31, 7:30 p.m.
"Myrick said that she didn't believe anyone would be disenfranchised.
"I don't think you would sacrifice anybody's vote. They would just have to register by the deadline like everyone else," she said. "
Scubagirl Oct 31, 6:06 p.m.
" (I still find it hard to believe they wouldn't HAVE ID- how else do you cash your government checks or any payroll???)
EXACTLY!!!!! You know everyone doesn't get paid in cash or have dd.
Scubagirl Oct 31, 6:05 p.m.
"Perhaps it's time the state got involved and started issuing a standardized, non-driver ID card?"
I actually THOUGHT NC already had that in place. Seems I recall some years back that this was done for those folks who couldn't get/didn't have drivers license. Maybe I dreamed it....
busyb97 Oct 31, 4:16 p.m.
Agreed. This particular problem would go away with Voter ID requirements, or even having a bill with your name and ADDRESS on it. That is not hard to provide if you are legit.
If they can load up busloads of people to get them to vote (with the promise of a hot meal, etc - which is happening I know for a fact in Ohio...taking busloads of people from poor neighborhoods mostly, or immigrants - Somalians on one case who couldn't speak English...they had help voting of course!). Anyway- if they can bus them to the polls, then why can't they help the very small number of people who would need help getting their IDs? (I still find it hard to believe they wouldn't HAVE ID- how else do you cash your government checks or any payroll???)
OpenM1nd Oct 31, 3:41 p.m.
If you can't pass a law to prompt for ID at the polls, then at least prompt for some type of proof of address at registration time. Even a utility bill could work in conjunction with a photo ID. Oh, that's right -- photo IDs aren't fair. Well, maybe that's the problem that should be re-addressed. Even children too young to drive should have some form of photo ID. Perhaps it's time the state got involved and started issuing a standardized, non-driver ID card?
Danny22 Oct 31, 3:37 p.m.
It is time to set up voter id. and nobody should be able to walk in on voting day to register when that can be done all yr long.
Scubagirl Oct 31, 3:31 p.m.
will be interesting to read the varied political spins that will be put on this story....
I for one, and I know no one cares, think it should be stopped x amount of time before the actual voting. It would be nice to know that every vote cast was a legitimate vote. Wonder if that'll ever happen.
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2014-06-24 16:03:36
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