None of us on this board will ever get close to understanding what it is like, to be illiterate. But some American citizens are, at least functionally. Should every voter who doesn't really understand what's on the ballot be given an interpreter and a couple of sworn witnesses, to prevent cheating?
We are talking about pretty basic stuff. Only citizens can vote. And they can vote only once in every given election. Nobody is objecting to these rules. The only way to make these rules enforceable is verification of the voters' identity.
Doing virtually anything that has to do with any kind of documents is marginally more difficult for the poor, the uneducated and the new arrivals (it certainly was for me, as a fresh immigrant without English, back in 1986), but it is hardly a good reason to abandon transparency in the democratic process.
Very, very few people risk prison to be one in a million vote, the Repubs know that but if they can discourage a few demo voters. They just want to discourage the immigrant or anyone else who likely wont vote republican, you know, the 47%. that is why they lapse into the freeeee **** to signify exactly who they are talking about. It is not like they say "them people" but pretty close.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
Which then still leaves that question over Early voting which one has to have an ID and those that vote on the same day.....and some sort of excuse why on the day when one votes they don't need the ID. ......doesn't it?
More effort is being spent trying to make sure people don't vote that have a right to.....felony lists and not making sure you got an actual felon.....mass mailings trying to "catch" people who have moved. Not having enough polling booths in areas of concentrated population - with huge waits (frequently in the bad weather) for people who are just scraping by on low paying jobs. Those issues are likely more prominent than actual voter fraud...I just wish people cared about that more.
It is not fraud if you are on the rolls, it is only fraud if you vote. The Repbulicans insist on confusing the two. There is very little fraud, there is no evidence there is, and in this case, the abscence of evidence, is evidnece. If bus loads of "them" people were voting there would be 1000s of arrests every election, it just aint true.
God Bless the Marine Corps.
The problem is, we have no way of knowing, until we have the verification system in place.
Some Democrats claim that there's virtually no fraud, because very few instances are documented. But isn't it a bit like saying that there's no crime in Town X, because no arrests are being made there - while there's no police in Town X?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with demanding a person to legally identify themselves before being able to vote. In fact, that's how it should have always been. If you're too lazy to get ID, you don't need to be voting IMO. I don't care about any of the excuses either. Most of these people have had a lifetime to get an ID, it's not my fault they haven't bothered.