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The last line of defense for election integrity

Updated on October 28, 2014



Election integrity is a vital if not critical need in our economy this election year. We have laws and regulations governing elections but the last line of defense to ensure election integrity are the election poll workers. Today there is much discussion about voter identification laws some have been struck down by our judicial system while others remain in place. We as voters need to understand that when we are asked questions or have a request from poll workers that we provide some form of identification we should answer and provide the information without complaining.

Every election is critical but none more so than this year with the problems and issues facing our country we have hard decisions to make. Individuals working at the election precincts are facing the same issues. At times the lines may be long and sometimes slow but they are slow for a reason. There is a need for voters to understand that is it is imperative that individuals not only prove who they say they are but prove they are in the right polling place to cast their vote.

Voter fraud is a big deal in any election for if it is present the results may not be reliable. The last line of defense against to prevent voter fraud are those individuals who work processing individuals through the voting line. There are different rules and regulations from state to state but if poll workers are doing their job voter fraud will be prevented. Questions are sometimes raised from election workers or a judge at the polling location when individuals are processing through the line, these questions must be resolved before an individual will be allowed to vote. Election Judges have a distinct responsibility and know the rules which must be followed and we as voters must understand their responsibilities.

Individuals who are registered to vote should exercise this privilege as it is our opportunity to send a message to those asking for our vote. For incumbents we look to evaluate their performance and if we are not satisfied with that performance we must decide whether we want to return them to their applicable position. We in this country with our election system as it is have opportunities which many individuals in other countries do not have. As we wait in line to cast our votes in any election we must respect those working the polls and have a good attitude. Having a good attitude about the process will provide a good experience for all individuals not only those working the polls but individuals waiting in line behind us.

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    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      5 years ago

      cathylnn90

      I agree one voter fraud affects the integrity of any election. I believe do believe that individuals should prove who they are and that they belong in the location they are at to vote.

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      5 years ago from northeastern US

      yes, once is too many for voter fraud, but the proposed cure is worse than the disease. thousands of legitimate voters won't be able to vote to prevent a handful of in-person voter fraud.

    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      5 years ago

      someonewhoknows

      Thanks for your comment

    • someonewhoknows profile image

      someonewhoknows 

      5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      It's hard to believe that honest voters would put up with dishonest voters.

      It shouldn't matter how many times voter fraud happens once is too many.

    • Dennis AuBuchon profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis AuBuchon 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the comment and complement.

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Well said. We needed that. Let's hope voters and non-intending voters read this, along with those who are responsible for keeping our elections unmarred by fraud. I wish we could have been able to say that past ones were not, and future ones never will be.

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