Since 2008, controversial changes to state election laws have spread across the nation to restrict voter registration drives, scale back early voting periods or stop people from registering to vote on Election Day. Opponents say the new laws discriminate against minority voters.
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- Mr. Rimbaldi, I do not think these allegations are factually sound. If so it would be all over the GOP propaganda machine Fox News. I guess I could still question the 2000 election stolen by George Bush his brother Jeb and the State of Florida but that would be calling our country a Banana Republic where the opposition majority is discouraged from voting through long lines in the rain, disappearing ballot boxes and faulty counting methods. Over the next 20 years that won't be a problem do to the landslide elections in favor of Hispanic voters who will be comprised of the Democratic majority.Jun 6, 2012
- Janra - How often is a license renewed, every six years, maybe for for some states? Again, minutiae at best.Jun 6, 2012
- again, you're thinking from the perspective of someone who has no problem with this - many low income people don't have a driver's licence. why would you have one if you can't afford a car? a driver's ID isn't required to live in the USA, it just is helpful in some situations, many of which don't apply to low-income and elderly persons. if you don't drive, you need an ID. if you can't afford the fees associated with GETTING said ID, then you won't get an ID.
as said before, the amount of reports of voter fraud is very very low. i'm not saying it doesn't happen, but requiring a state issued ID that costs money and a significant amount of time to acquire takes away is cutting off your nose to spite your face. if these IDs were easily obtainable and at the very least affordable (if not free) then i would probably change my position. but the base fact is that this will, in effect, bar many people from voting because a few bad apples got in the bunch.
give me a better way of stopping voter fraud without these downsides and i'll be right there with you.Jun 6, 2012
- Exactly on point.Jun 6, 2012
- Janra, a state issued id does not have to be a driver's license. More on point, I have driven people to get licenses and to polling stations. Funny how it is so simple for Democrats to pick up people every single year in November to vote but sure cant find their houses every six years to renew an idJun 6, 2012
- in many states (like my own, MA) they are IDs that are issued by the DMV. i am interested where other state IDs could be issued.
i applaud your work driving people to polls and to the DMV... and i think you are special in that act. driving people around isn't according to party, its according to your good heart.
but even if all the people with good hearts tried to drive as many people to where they needed to go to get the ids, and then to vote, that still wouldn't be enough. kind people such as yourself have things to do, jobs to go to. and honestly, ablebodied, independant people shouldn't have to depend on the kindness of others to vote. they should be able to get what they need to vote without it possibly causing them to miss a rent payment.
until there is a credible study that determines there is, in fact, a noted problem with voter fraud, we shouldn't be focusing so much on draconian measures to fix a problem that isn't there. this is like making every american get an official passport so they can work legally in the US. yes, there is a problem with illegal workers, but getting a passport is tough even for those in the middle class. it just doesn't seem needed to enact voterID at this juncture.Jun 6, 2012