But before voting for that change we need to know the facts: like is this really a problem, and what's the magnitude of it? And if we require proof of citizen to register (sounds reasonable I agree) what is the practical effect on certain demographic groups (such as the elderly and poor)? Will such a law actually disenfranchise more eligible voters than the number of ineligible voters it excludes? If so is it a good idea, at least in isolation? Should such a change in the law be carried out with a global reform and regularization of voting laws throughout the country, so that we don't get the kind of gamesmanship the GOP played in Florida in the 2000 election? Not to mention the long lines, the lack of voting places, and so forth? Maybe we should fix that first -- meaning PAYING for it -- rather than dealing with what might be a small problem.
We had a particularly ugly case of election fraud here in Michigan that went on for several years undetected until it was discovered.
So why are we then embracing new restrictions on voting for ALL PEOPLE in order to combat a rather tiny problem that is already being dealt with in the law today?
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In my opinion, ID or similar verification requirements for voting would be acceptable IF there was a four year delay before implementation and funding for outreach, education and assistance with obtaining an ID. That would provide time for students, the poor, and elderly etc to get their ID so that they are not disenfranchised. Theoretically everybody should be happy with such a compromise solution.