Voter ID is Essential to Keep Voting Fair

Joyce SinghaStarred Page By Joyce Singha, 30th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/lottzvre/
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Why is Voter ID such a big deal? It should be kept intact to keep voting process fair just like any other process that requires identification to make sure you are you!

You are You with an Identification

Candidly speaking, there isn't anything that should be debatable about having a Voter ID. In fact, voter identification is exactly what it is. One person, one vote, one identity. Without it, there is no stopping anyone or anything to vote multiple times. However, voter identification has been unceremoniously linked to voter prevention and victimization; both unnecessary arguments. How and why are the two big questions whenever Voter ID is challenged. To keep the process from being tampered with, voter registration must be in place, and if this is not, then voter identification must be presented at time of voting. That is the only way to keep elections at all times, fair.

Voting is a Privilege and should be Protected

People need IDs for libraries, driving, housing, schools, colleges, banking and for just about everything; then why so much brouhaha over requiring IDs for elections in the country. Voting is an important activity and must be given its share of due importance. What could be simpler than producing your ID and putting in your vote? The problem arises when your status in unclear and things may look somewhat murky. There have been plenty of reports of voter fraud in the last presidential elections of 2008 and 2012. If this process is looked at objectively, there should be no controversy about it. Nonetheless, there will always be certain groups of people who will be denied the privilege of voting. 

Bottom line: there should be a law: No ID, No Vote!

Dictators Normally Won by Getting 100% Vote!

There are plenty of nations around the world that have systematically denied voting rights to their citizens and have effectively done away with the process without regard to its citizens and world opinion. Countries with dictatorship and communism have suffered the bane of denial for decades and centuries. Saddam Hussain got 100% vote all the time; another one who did miracles of this kind were North Korean Dear Leaders who could win even if dead!

Get the ID and Vote

Voting is an earned right and privilege that comes from freedom. If the people are free to vote, they must feel free and proud to show who they are. There is nothing in the world that can hold back a genuine desire and will to vote provided all the legal pieces are in play. Free people do not need to hide anything. Go out and vote in a blaze of pride and remember to take that ID with you. After all, you don't want to see dead people and sea turtles sending in their vote to elect political officials.

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Blacks, Democrat, Hispanics, Liberalism, Mid-Term Elections, Minority, Republicans, Senate Races, Voter I D Laws

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
31st Oct 2014 (#)

You charge that there have been "plenty of reports of voter fraud in the last presidential elections of 2008 and 2012, yet you offer no evidence. That may be because you can't find any.

The problem is not voter fraud, which is virtually non-existent. The far more serious problem is voter suppression. For example, Pennsylvania Republicans passed a law earlier this year, signed by the Republican governor, which requires all voters have a "valid PennDOT-issued ID with photo identification." A driver's licennse will not work. The problem is, atr least 1,636,168 registered voters are not in possession of the ID. In Philadelphia, which is heavily Democratic, according to registration figures, 437,237 voters, or a whopping 43 percent, do not possess the ID required to participate in the election. The law requires that voters show up at a state-designated location to obtain their IDs. Unfortunately, many elderly people and poor people do not have the means to do that.

Strict voter ID laws are enacted by Republican legislatures in order to keep poor people and people of color, who usually vote heavily Democratic, away from the polls.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
1st Nov 2014 (#)

Steve, every person can get an ID; this is America. Don't be ludicrous. Regarding links for voter fraud, there were too many. Have a look on the internet. Thanks for your comment, moderation and star.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Steve, there's voter fraud going on all over. This is just one (http://watchdog.org/179354/maryland-illegal-voters/) of illegal voters in Maryland.

Especially in close races where Democrat and Republican congressional candidates and governorships separate by only one or two percent at pre-election polls, the Democrat "machine" for manufacturing votes (dead people voting, multiple voting, ballets brought in in a box, busing in the sick, infirm, insane, et cetera ad infinitum, you name it) steps into action. The Democrats are leaders and experts in "producing" votes for their side.

Stop asking Joyce to provide references for you. They are all over the internet so do your own research. But such references are not in the mainstream media. You'll have to go to the underground internet sources for exposures of Democrat voter fraud because the MSM won't carry stories opposing the Party.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
4th Nov 2014 (#)

LOL LeRain. You're giving Steve a hard time. He's being a liberal, that's about it :)

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author avatar Retired
3rd Nov 2014 (#)

No evidence of voter fraud? It's everywhere! Here's the latest: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/391736/one-eight-voter-registrations-flawed-james-okeefe-shows-john-fund

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author avatar Retired
31st Oct 2014 (#)

The system in the UK seems to work pretty well - you register on the electoral roll (no ID required), you get a polling card when an election is due, you turn up at the polling station, get your name ticked off on a list, then go and place your X on a ballot paper.

What could be simpler than that?

OK - there have been cases of fraud in the past, but the system has been changed in some details to prevent future cases. At no point has there been any intention to deprive legitimate voters from voting, as does seem to have been the case in the US.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
1st Nov 2014 (#)

John, have you been listening to Steve? Getting an ID is easy, getting there is easy, and no one is preventing anyone from voting. It's best to get some balanced news and not believe garbage put out as 'news' on media. Thanks John.

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author avatar Laura Murray
1st Nov 2014 (#)

John, in the state of VA, they do something that seems to be similar to what you are talking about. I had to get a voting card in order to vote. It worked out pretty well. I would be interested to learn how the UK's system works in that regard.

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author avatar Retired
1st Nov 2014 (#)

All I can say to this that, according to the reports I have read, in some areas there have been strenuous moves to dissuade certain groups of people from getting their voter ID. This might not be done directly, but subtle pressure is being applied to suggest to some people that gaining voter ID will not be in their best interest.

I'm sorry I can't quote chapter and verse on this - I am simply passing on a memory of what I read some months ago.

I do, however, remember the 2000 Florida Presidential vote very well, and the reports at the time that many voters were not able to vote because their efforts to register to vote had been discounted - and they were mainly from the less-well-off and black communities. If similar shenanigans are being carried today, it would appear that little has changed.

Under the UK method, no separate identity is needed. If you live at a UK address and are aged over 18, you have the right to vote - it is as simple as that. Every year, whether there is an election or not, you are given the chance to register and are expected to do so. This is also the register that is used for selecting jury members by random choice.

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author avatar Laura Murray
1st Nov 2014 (#)

Getting an ID is very easy for almost everyone. The exception is the elderly who are unable to get out. But even in that instance, there are options available for them.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with requiring an ID. For those that do not want/need a driver's license, there are state IDs. In addition, most government issued IDs will work (ie - military, state, driver's license, veterans card, etc).

There are numerous cases of fraud and also of voter intimidation. Requiring an ID will get rid of the fraud.

I would like to point out that requiring an ID to go vote is nothing compared with what people who vote "absentee" have to go through. Just to receive the ballot, there are a mountain of hoops to jump through. When that is done, you have to make sure you follow all the crazy rules. And if, by chance, you actually pass all of that, the likelihood of your vote even being counted is up in the air. And the people who have to vote absentee are people like our military, federal employees stationed overseas, etc. If the people that are vetted by the government have to go through all of this just to have the chance of their vote being counted, then everyone else can present an ID.

Thank you, Joyce, for you article.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
1st Nov 2014 (#)

Thank you Laura for explaining it again :)

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author avatar Retired
1st Nov 2014 (#)

It has always amazed me that, in the US, elections seem to be decided without actually counting the votes! It therefore does not surprise me that a vote can be declared valid even if a batch of postal votes has not been counted.

I also find it extraordinary that - in Presidential elections - votes in the east can be declared before voters in the west have even been to the polls. Surely this must influence the result? Would it not be fairer to keep all voting papers secure until the last vote has been cast in Hawaii, then start the count for all votes at the same time?

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author avatar Joyce Singha
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

All I know is there is no killing so far over elections like in many parts of the world. This is enough for me. Whoever is going to vote whichever way will remain constant unless some real dumb asses are voting according to the other. Thanks John.

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author avatar Denise O
4th Jan 2015 (#)

Lordy, there is no voter fraud, let me count thy times, one too dam many, geesh. LOL There is not one valid argument worthy of why you should not have to show your ID to vote, not one. Actually in Georgia where you now have to show ID to vote, voting has increased, not plummeted... I hate when folks use ignorant/false statements to try and prove their point. No voter fraud, roflmao Nice read, thank you for sharing. :)

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