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1 researchok  Sun, Jul 8, 2012 8:28:39am

I support ID laws in general. Certainly they are of use in apportioning state and federal services and programs. People who do avail themselves of these programs already do have acceptable ID documents.

However, unless and until voter fraud is proved to be a significant problem demanding ID at polling stations from individuals who do not already have such identification is both onerous and burdensome.

2 Tigger2  Sun, Jul 8, 2012 9:12:58am

Some of this might backfire on the Republicans and prevent Republican seniors from voting for Romney.

3 Charles Johnson  Sun, Jul 8, 2012 10:08:15am

re: #1 researchok

I support ID laws in general. Certainly they are of use in apportioning state and federal services and programs. People who do avail themselves of these programs already do have acceptable ID documents.

However, unless and until voter fraud is proved to be a significant problem demanding ID at polling stations from individuals who do not already have such identification is both onerous and burdensome.

You're missing the point. The people pushing these voter ID laws are not trying to prevent fraud. They're trying to tilt the presidential election. Making it onerous and burdensome is exactly what they intend to do.

4 moderatelyradicalliberal  Sun, Jul 8, 2012 10:11:49am

re: #3 Charles Johnson

You're missing the point. The people pushing these voter ID laws are not trying to prevent fraud. They're trying to tilt the presidential election. Making it onerous and burdensome is exactly what they intend to do.

Right. It's not an unintended consequence, it's the point of the law.

5 researchok  Sun, Jul 8, 2012 10:35:20am

re: #3 Charles Johnson

You're probably right overall, in that is likely their intention

Still, it is more than likely the people who will be disenfranchised are legally eligible to vote. There will be a lot of bad PR blow back if this is the case.

They aren't thinking this through.


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