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The Bitter Battle Over Voter ID
Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 29 March | Curtis

Posted on 03/29/2011 8:58:43 AM PDT by flowerplough

On the list of types of state legislation with the potential for big national impact, voter identification is right up there with moves to reduce collective-bargaining rights of public-sector unions.

Such efforts, which would require voters to provide ID at the polls, are being voted on amid fierce debate in many states. But are they motivated by a sincere desire to eliminate voter fraud, thus ensuring the integrity of the electoral process? Or are they attempts to disenfranchise segments of voters favorable to one party -- guaranteeing the other party an easier route to electoral success in 2012 -- by fighting a problem that doesn't really exist?

That depends on whom you ask.

The bills being considered are overwhelmingly the inspiration of Republicans in legislatures much friendlier to GOP goals after the 2010 midterm elections. "It's no conspiracy," says South Carolina Senate GOP Caucus Director Wesley Donehue. "We haven't talked to anybody nationally. It's all South Carolina based." He said the bill that's making its way through the legislature is one that state Republicans have been pushing for five years. "We want to make sure our elections here are fair, accessible and secure."

"The Republican side will tell you this is to cut down on voting fraud," says Donehue's Democratic counterpart, Phil Bailey, caucus director for South Carolina Senate Democrats. "I will tell you this is something the national and state parties are pushing because of how effective the Democrats have been in getting folks to the polls. They don't like those television images of young people and African Americans lining up to vote for President Obama."

Twenty-seven states require all prospective voters to show some form of ID to vote, according to a 2010 study by the National Conference of State Legislatures, updated in March 2011. Eight (Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota) request a photo ID.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: 2012election; aliens; democrats; electionfraud; elections; fraud; mrskippy; votefraud; voterfraud; voterid; voting

1 posted on 03/29/2011 8:58:44 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough
are they attempts to disenfranchise segments of voters favorable to one party

We're trying to disenfranchise the Dead so, Yes, we are trying to hurt the Democrats.

2 posted on 03/29/2011 9:00:26 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: flowerplough
So voter ID acts are RAAAAAACIST.

Gee, how could I have guessed?

Gates acted stupidly.

3 posted on 03/29/2011 9:01:41 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: flowerplough

ANYONE opposed to voter ID requirements os simply in favor of electoral fraud and the usurpation of our rights as citizens. Given the multiple requirements for phot ID to merely function in society today, there is no legitimate hurdle to any registered voter obtaining a valid state issued photo ID.


4 posted on 03/29/2011 9:03:34 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Terrorism in nothing more than Kinetic Islam)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Voter ID is a thinly concealed effort to disenfranchise illegal aliens.


5 posted on 03/29/2011 9:16:40 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: flowerplough

Crock O’ Crap at a voting booth near you, for just 9.99.99 you too can call folks racist because they want you to show your ID, oh the humanity...I think it is quite obvious, like on the TV show COPS, the bad folks never carry an ID...
This should not be hard to accomplish, if this is difficult can you imagine what it will be to starve the beast, defund the federal “gangsta” and eliminate its ability to raise money on us like a friggin mafia..

OK, settle down
..POPCORN? Perhaps a nice Konig’s Pils too.


6 posted on 03/29/2011 9:27:05 AM PDT by aces
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To: flowerplough

What do those poor Democrats use when cashing their govment checks? ...their looks?


7 posted on 03/29/2011 9:27:13 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: flowerplough

I was reading that in Texas you could register to vote and vote using a utility bill as proof of ID.

THAT is ridiculous. I am glad its being changed.


8 posted on 03/29/2011 9:34:51 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: flowerplough
The Democrats howl at voter ID. If the people they are getting to the polls are citizens, legal residents and permitted to vote, it will have no impact to demand ID. If they are bringing ineligible people to vote, the Republicans have proven their point.
9 posted on 03/29/2011 9:48:13 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: TexasCajun

Is this author the same Henry Louis Gates who was arrested because police acted stupidly? The same one who taunted the police officer with racial talk of “this is what happens to a black man in America”?????

If so, he has an ax to grind, which is reflected in the thought process behind this article.


10 posted on 03/29/2011 10:16:15 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


11 posted on 03/29/2011 5:40:12 PM PDT by HiJinx (Hey, Officer, I'm an illegal from Tahiti. Send me home...please?)
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"I will tell you this is something the national and state parties are pushing because of how effective the Democrats have been in getting folks to the polls.

Alive. Dead. Citizen. Non-Citizen. Registered in two or more states, towns, counties. Imaginary. Living at an existent or non-existent address. Sick. Shut. committed to mental asylums. Incarcerated or Free. Several absentee ballots for each of the above.

Yes, the Democrats get their people to the polls very effectively indeed, often to dozens of polls on election day, usually in federally-funded church vans. Ask the Sanchez Sisters in California. Ask Rossi in Washington State. Ask Al Franken.

This is a national disgrace that started going viral when my favorite President, General Eisenhower, decided to let that lazy and lecherous fool JFK steal the election of 1960. I'd say 50 years is about enough, wouldn't you?

Then that Affirmative Action Nincompoop Holder does think it is OK for the Black Panthers to patrol the precinct polling places because, IMHO, he and the Kenyan Jackanapes are trying to provoke a violent reaction from the "Right."

12 posted on 03/29/2011 9:15:06 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Anybody notice that BOTH Barry and Michelle were asked off the Illinois Bar? Anybody wonder why?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Is this author the same Henry Louis Gates who was arrested because police acted stupidly?

same dude, think "beer summit"

13 posted on 03/30/2011 11:58:18 AM PDT by OBXWanderer (I'm up against a hard break...)
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To: flowerplough
Riiiight! Like minority poll workers in minority voting precents are going to look at the picture ID of the minority voter standing there and say “Hey! Dat not yoooo, mofo! You kayns vote he,dude!”
14 posted on 03/30/2011 11:59:06 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: flowerplough

Call me a racist, I don’t f-ing care. I am tired of DemocRATS STEALING elections with rampant voter fraud. If this was not the basis for their electoral success, then why the wailing and gnashing of teeth coming from the left?

Where there is smoke, there is fire.


15 posted on 03/30/2011 11:59:53 AM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: flowerplough
"The Republican side will tell you this is to cut down on voting fraud," says Donehue's Democratic counterpart, Phil Bailey, caucus director for South Carolina Senate Democrats. "I will tell you this is something the national and state parties are pushing because of how effective the Democrats have been in getting folks to the polls. They don't like those television images of young people and African Americans lining up to vote for President Obama."

The national Democrats desperately want to abolish the electoral college because more states are adopting voter ID laws which put them out of business.

16 posted on 03/30/2011 12:07:06 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: flowerplough

Voter fraud should be treason. PERIOD!


17 posted on 03/30/2011 12:57:08 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: flowerplough
Soon to be added: TEXAS!!!!!!
18 posted on 03/30/2011 1:35:55 PM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: bigredkitty1
Where there is smoke, there is fire.

Yes, the vehement protest from the left make me extremely alarmed about what must have been happening all this time.

19 posted on 03/30/2011 1:39:21 PM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: flowerplough

It could not be more obvious that the scum who want there to be NO VOTER ID, prefer instead vote fraud and illegal aliens voting


20 posted on 03/30/2011 9:02:41 PM PDT by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

But it’s a poll tax! Whine the libs...

If requiring ID is a poll tax, so is putting the polling location far enough from any individual’s home that they have to drive or take a bus there, because it costs them money to do that, too.


21 posted on 04/22/2011 11:36:08 AM PDT by RockinRight (Maybe Trump's a stalking horse for Palin...)
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