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Posted on 04/11/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT by SMGFan
O'KEEFE VOTER FRAUD INVESTIGATION: YOUNG MAN OFFERED HOLDER'S BALLOT
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that there is no proof that in-person voter fraud is a problem. He's about to see proof that even he can't deny.
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We would hope if they do not match, poll worker will then ask for an id. Poll worker may ask other poll worker's assistance.
Ohio has Voter I.D. requirement as well as Signature comparison.
We photo I.D...........
Hawaii, one of the most left wing states, has photo ID requirement.
Here you sign for your ballot, but the signature stands on it’s own, there is no comparison to any previous signature example.
PA is starting photo ID in the primary (voluntary) and then mandatory in November, at least until it ends up in court. Up until now it was a signature comparison but no one really did any comparing. If they did I would have been screwed, my signature on file was how a signed it when I was 18. After 30+ years my signature is very different.
The NC General Assembly, both the State Senate and State House, became Republican by a solid margin after the 2010 elections. They passed a photo ID for voters bill last year, but it was vetoed by the Dem Governor, Bev Perdue. She has become very unpopular, for this and other reasons, and wisely decided not to seek reelection this year. The likely GOP nominee, Pat McCrory, has promised to sign such a bill. This will be a pivotal issue as the campaign warms up, and I predict McCrory will ride it to a win.
We just recently added the requirement to sign the poll book, but there is no comparison with anything; and our photo ID requirement was just taken away from us and is in the courts now.
Where I vote, all I do is say my last name. The clerk then gives me a first name and street. If I assert that that’s my first name and street name, she gives me a ballot and she crosses my name off the list. All I need to do to vote is to know is my own last name.
Clerk: “Last name?”
Clerk: “John, who lives on Main Street?”
Clerk: “Here’s your ballot.”
NY has signature comparison.
In Mass. you give address, then name and are handed a ballot. After voting you do the same at another table, then put the ballot into the machine.
No ID or signature comparison required. Anyone could go to my polling place before me, pick my name and address out of the phone book and say they are me. After they vote I would show up to the polling place and be told sorry sir, it says here
you already voted.
Illinois, signature comparison.
In California, you show up at the polling place, you sign your (alleged) name to the book, and you get your ballot. If they were to check the signature at the registrar of voters, it would be after the ballot has been counted and no way to remove the tainted vote. If the book say that you're an early voter, or you're vote-by-mail and you don't have your mail ballot to surrender, you can vote provisionally and they'll decide if you are the legitimate voter.
So only provisional ballots and absentee ballots (vote-by-mail ballots) are signature-checked before they are opened and counted. Any questionable signatures are reviewed and re-reviewed by more experienced registrar workers.
In Texas you can cast a ballot without producing any ID or even without your name being on the voter roll for the precinct in which you attempt to vote. However you are not guaranteed that the ballot will be counted.
Prior to 2011, anyone who insisted on voting at a precinct — even if they did not produce identification or was on the voter roll for that precinct was still allowed to cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot was not counted towards the vote total until the county review board approved it. The election judge was required to mark the reason that the ballot was being cast provisionally. This could be that the voter did not produce identification, the voter was not listed on the rolls, or that the voter had moved out of the county, etc.
Someone who did not produce a valid ID would have their ballot disqualified. Someone who produced valid ID (a drivers’ licence,say, but was not on the county’s list of registered voters would be disqualified — as would anyone who had moved out of the county. On the other hand, if Joe Smith came in, showed their driver’s licence, but was not on the precint’s list but was on the county roll of registered voters (yes, this DOES happen) would vote provisionally and have the vote qualified by the county review board.
It is a good system if the election judge is rigorous. Qualified voters have their votes count — even if the ballot roll is screwed up. Cheaters do not. The real problem arises when election judges get lazy or careless and allow questionable voters to circumvent the provisional ballot rules.
In 2012 — as I believe — you will also have to produce a picture ID in addition to your voter registration card to vote normally. Again this is only if the law survives Holder’s attempt to block it. But even under previous law, the type of (shall we say) Chicago-way voter fraud is difficult to accomplish in Texas.
The real risk of voter fraud comes from the election workers. It is easier to stuff the ballot box after polls close than to have ringers vote. Texas deals with this by requiring poll workers from both parties to be in the polling place. It is hard to stuff a ballot box when someone from the other side is looking over your shoulder.
Massachusetts requires nothing at all for verification. Just state your name and address and you’re handed a ballot.
Luckily, I know all the poll workers in my little town, so we chat a while before I head off to the booth. They all know me by name, so I’ve got at least that tiny measure of security.
But if Eric Holder lived in my town ...
I worked the polls in suburb adjoining Houston last election. Although turnout was relatively light, everyone who came in to vote had their driver’s license and voters registration card in their hand and presented it without our even having to ask. This is the way it should always be but I am sure won’t be during the primary or general election this year.
I’ve voted in numerous precincts over the years and have NEVER been asked for ID.