Comments for: Thousands of US votes may be blocked in 2012 because of tougher ID laws

Posted July 08, 2012, at 9:20 p.m.

When Edward and Mary Weidenbener went to vote in Indiana’s primary in May, they didn’t realize that state law required them to bring government photo IDs such as a driver’s license or passport. The husband and wife, both approaching 90 years old, had to use a temporary ballot that would …

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  • The voters who sued to challenge the PA Photo ID Law — all citizens
    (one a veteran) who are registered to vote and have been voting for
    years — do not have have and, more importantly, cannot obtain one of
    the approved forms of photo ID.  Therefore, they are disenfranchised by
    the law.  You can read more about it by clicking on my username and
    selecting “Summary of Applewhite Petition” at the top of the page.
     

  • Anonymous

    Great. Illegal immigrants will get to the polls easier than U.S. citizens. Great. Just great. 

  • Anonymous

    So it’s working as intended then?

  • Anonymous

    Unusual, candid, and probably unwise statement by that unamed Republicbn official who predicted Romney would win PA with the new law.  This implies that Romney can’t win with disenfrachisement of legitamate and qualified voters. 

    ALEC rides again.  Let’s keep this atrocity off the books in Maine.

  • Anonymous

    Great, here we go again with the Republicans and their solutions in search of a problem, they tried this here in Maine and the Maine voters basically told them no way.  The R’s figure they can’t win a legitiment  election they need to fudge it somehow.  What a bunch of losers.

    • Anonymous

      The same reason the D’s don’t want to change anything.  So they can win elections which the help of illegal aliens, felons, the dead.

      • Anonymous

        Data please.  Oh yeah, the Charlies couldn’t come with anything significant. 

  • Anonymous

    In Pennsylvania alone there will be almost 500,000.00  American citizens denied the Right to Vote all because of 14 cases of Voter fraud over the past ten years <<< That don't make any cents at all!!

    • Anonymous

      Where is your proof.  500,000?  Sound boastful.  Not exaggerating at all.

  • Eric Jackson

    Just like paying taxes and registering for selective service, a needed civic duty of law abiding citizens is to maintain a valid government ID.  If you think this is too onerous a requirement or that somehow the government will do something dastardly with your information, don’t vote.  We need to have the full confidence of accurate elections unmarred by the taint of potential voter fraud and we the voters are the only ones that can ensure it.  It costs non-drivers in Maine $5 whole dollars to get a state photo ID.  Pennsylvania comes in at $13.50.  C’mon people. 

    • Anonymous

      Could be considered a poll tax.  Back 150 years to the Reconstruction South.

    • pbmann

      Charging money or requiring a test to vote has already been found to be unconstitutional.

      • Eric Jackson

        I’m talking about maintaining a photo ID not a poll tax.  Passports and drivers licenses issued by the government that are used to confirm we are who we say we are.  If the fee for a photo ID is too much, than give the non-driving, non-traveling voters the ID for free. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad there is SOME attempt to secure MY vote, as opposed to allowing illegal aliens and felons to vote.  The only ones who don’t want any oversight are the ones who seem to trust the Government with everything, and feel it is OK to keep the chaos as it……..

    • Anonymous

      We’ve spend so much blood and treasure trying to spread democracy around the world. We monitor foreign elections to try to stop election fraud , but here at home the republicans try to disenfranchise as many of our citizens as possible. Voter fraud? It exists, but there is so little  that it’s very transparent what the r’s are trying to do. Keep voters away so we can win, regardless of the fact that they wave the constitution at every chance they get. If the states want a photo ID then they should provide very accessible ways to get one and pay for it. The party of No is very satisfied to limit sufferage rather than see it expanded.

  • Anonymous

    Truly pathetic, another Republican subversion of our democratic processes that they lace with lame excuses and then pretend they’re protecting our voting rights by restricting them. It’s a Constitutional right unlike driving or buying smokes and alcohol or any other thing that requires ID. It’s a granted right, damnit.

    Though many of us have many forms of ID, including permits to carry concealed weapons which goes through a rigorous background check it’s still not enough to prove you’re a citizen? …. Something is rotten.

  • Anonymous

    The numbers suggest that the legitimate votes rejected by the laws are
    far more numerous than are the cases of fraud that advocates of the
    rules say they are trying to prevent.

    “The numbers suggest” either “that the legitimate votes rejected by the laws are
    far more numerous than are the cases of fraud” or that vote fraud may be far more common than the writer here wants to admit. Without some information about whether the rejections were justified, there’s no way to tell.

    A serious question: is this supposed to be a news report or an op-ed? It’s presented as one and reads like the other.

    Incidentally, now that the Supreme Court has found the right to own a gun to be an individual, constitutionally-guaranteed right, how long until the Democrats act to repeal the federal law requiring ID to buy a gun because of its disparate impact on ‘ID-deficient’ minorities?

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