- Dec 7, 2010
How many states Nort of the Mason Dixon Line have Voter ID laws?I am glad to be keeping you so entertained. There are millions of votes being cast in an election, to suggest there is no fraud whatsoever is naive. But if we are to target fraud why are we not targeting the main driver of it (i.e. absentee ballots)? Would you consider a utility bill as proper identification for voting? what about a SS card? Or does it need to have a picture and be issued by a the federal gov't? Because we know from standardized testing that picture IDs never lead to incidences of fraud.
The reason that the Texas ID law was struck down was because it was determined to target minority populations. Even if these laws are not meant to do so (debatable!), if the result is discriminatory, they violate the voting rights act. In big cities, you would be amazed at how many people have the necessary IDs to pass the strictest voter ID laws or the documents to obtain them.
We think of voting as being this apparatus of godlike precision, but counting votes contains a margin for error itself no matter what method is used. Fraud is probably at the same level, meaning it only affects elections that end up in statistical ties. So why should we focus on that and not on improving voter access and infrastructure?
Yeah I'm glad the two of you or three or four are keeping me entertained as well. Sometimes we need to laugh.
So black people are going to not vote because of an ID? If someone wants to do something bad enough they will do it. I have to admit I did not realize that the state ID in texas was not acceptable for people in texas to vote. What are they exactly accepting once this law starts?
If you are poor / laid off your job / down on your luck / and need some state or federal assistance do you have to have any identification? Or can you just go in and make up a name and give someone's SSN?