If we compared voting in states requiring a photo ID and in those which do not, what would we see?
My wife, along with many other Americans, is furious to think that some states do not require proof of identity to vote. I explained that each state sets its own criteria for eligibility to vote. She thought that votes in states that do not require providing a photo ID as proof of a person's voter status should not have their votes even counted! We would both like to see someone (even an unbiased journalist. . .there must be one) show any difference between voting in strict Photo ID states and voting in no-Photo ID-required states. Would you expect a measurable difference?
I only know about the states in which I have voted, they all require a picture ID. I believe that anyone who is registered can and should vote. That is a citizen's right. I know they have me on the voter rolls but, still required a photo ID.
Blessings to you both.
What states do for the voting in their own states should be able to handle voting requirements any way they choose. BUT, for a national vote ALL states should be required to handle voting on a national level, and that should require a picture ID when voting. Sorry, I guess I really didn't answer the question but it does upset me that ID is not required. Just my opinion, Greg.
I vote by mail in CA permanently, so there is no ID required at time of voting. Registration requires CA Lic# and last four digits of Soc. Sec along with the other stuff. They use the CA. License for a signature on file. When the ballot is received that is compared with my signature on the ballot envelope.
However, my registration can be contested if the registrar wishes proof of ID. The electoral rolls indicate I do a mail in ballot, so I cannot vote at the polling place except by a provisional ballot. They use a special envelope for those. For instance I think it was mailed too late. lost the mail in ballot, or I moved. They will cancel the mail in ballot.
To add fuel to the debate consider "Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday allowing Sacramento and 13 other counties to eliminate most neighborhood polling places and send ballots to all voters starting in 2018. Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine said this week that she hopes to shift voters toward a mail ballot system in two years."
There is one problem in CA and elsewhere that outweighs all others: the majority winner presently gets ALL of CA's Electoral College votes. For years that has meant that Republican voters in CA have no role in who wins nationally. Same for Dems UT.
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