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Are states rigging the 2012 elections?

An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we'd condemn it as election-rigging. But it's happening here, so there's barely a whimper.

The laws are being passed in the name of preventing "voter fraud." But study after study has shown that fraud by voters is not a major problem - and is less of a problem than how hard many states make it for people to vote in the first place. Some of the new laws, notably those limiting the number of days for early voting, have little plausible connection to battling fraud.

 

The laws in question include requiring voter identification cards at the polls, limiting the time of early voting, ending same-day registration and making it difficult for groups to register new voters.

Sometimes the partisan motivation is so clear that if Stephen Colbert reported on what’s transpiring, his audience would assume he was making it up. In Texas, for example, the law allows concealed handgun licenses as identification but not student IDs. And guess what? Nationwide exit polls show that John McCain carried households in which someone owned a gun by 25 percentage points but lost voters in households without a gun by 32 points.

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-states-are-rigging-the-2012-election/2011/06/19/AGCdB3bH_story.html?fb_ref=NetworkNews

 
tasches

Asked by tasches at 5:25 PM on Jun. 20, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I find it very interesting that the liberals seem to be the ones raising the biggest fuss about showing ID to prevent fraud in elections.

    Rather telling, isn't it?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:25 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • I see absolutely nothing wrong in having to show an ID, preferably a picture ID to vote.

    We do it here in KY and also have to sign the roster book next to our printed name. Once your name is signed, then it shows that you have voted. They use the ID to make sure the person signing the book and voting is you. You need id to cash a check, fly on a plane, buy certain things if you're not clearly of age. Do we complain about that? Nope and I think you would welcome precautions in place to make sure there is no fraud.

    And since there were news reports and interviews with people saying Acorn told them they could register multiple times, and PAYING them to do so. With college students voting in their home state and the state they were attending college. There were people going to vote and were told they had already voted by absentee ballot, when they hadn't. Yeah, there is voter fraud!



    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 5:53 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • An attack on the right to vote is underway across the country through laws designed to make it more difficult to cast a ballot. It's designed to make it more difficult to cast a fraudulent ballot, not a legal one.


    If this were happening in an emerging democracy, we'd condemn it as election-rigging. But it's happening here, so there's barely a whimper. No, I would be saying it's a good thing, they are trying to prevent fraud and make elections fair.


    I find it very interesting that the liberals seem to be the ones raising the biggest fuss about showing ID to prevent fraud in elections. They have excuse upon excuse about how this isn't fair. You would think EVERYONE would be on the same side so there is not even the slightest hint of fraud in any election.



    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 6:15 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • I used to work for Turner's outdoorsman and if you knew your laws, you would realize it is far easier to forge a school ID than a concealed handgun license. And not just anyone can get a handgun license.
    SeasideNative

    Answer by SeasideNative at 5:31 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • We do it here in KY and also have to sign the roster book next to our printed name.

    We do in Michigan as well. And we have to show ID.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:03 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • What is it about showing ID that causes such a fizz? At the airport people are willing to be seen "naked" or felt up in addition to showing their ID just to fly. But ask for ID when voting and it is unreasonable...why?

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 7:56 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • idk but someone voted for me in 2006 for a democrat so cheating has been going on awhile.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 5:32 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • We registered through a group. They sent us forged voter registration cards and tossed our information because we registered as Republicans. On election day we found out our voter cards were not real and we couldn't vote. It was a group ran by ACORN we had no clue at the time. They committed a lot of fraud during the 2008 elections but since they were helping Obama it really was swept under the rug.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:57 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • I have absolutely NO problem with laws that force people to vote only once, and honestly. This entire fluff argument about picture ID's gives me a headache. Do the ones protesting this actually think that the rest of us are too stupid to understand that the average person needs an ID for just about everything else, even to get some groceries? This is NOT a hardship. Saying that it is is a lie. The ID should have to be one issued by the gov't. where the burden of proof is automatically met.

    Each state has the right to set it's own time limits for early voting, absentee voting, etc. They have to pay for the personnel to process everything. Given the budget limits every state is dealing with, it stands to reason they are looking to lower payroll costs.
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 11:34 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • gee, if only we had paper trail voting to prevent election fraud.
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 5:29 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

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