If you’d told me 20 years ago that there would be a controversy about whether people should have to prove who they are when they vote, I’d have told you, “You’re insane!”
Instead, the country’s gone insane.
Instead, my vote is diluted by the votes of people who do not have the right to vote. MY rights are violated by each instance.
I am truly surprised that no state has yet adopted a “fingerprint law” solely for voting. It would have to include a strictly guarded database of the fingerprints of eligible voters, along with small, sealed portable touch pad machines that could be taken to invalids by a two person, bipartisan team of election officials, weeks before the general election.
Voting would be downright simple, once your fingerprint was in the central computer for use by the voting office only.
With the first fingerprint on the touch pad, it would verify *to you* who you were and where you lived, based on your registration. If the information was incorrect you could correct it, or have that two person election team do so for you on the spot.
Then with a touch, you would select from candidates and other choices. Who and what you voted for would be confirmed on a final screen. Then you verify your fingerprint one more time and your vote is recorded.
Once you were done, it would automatically reset to a blank screen, ready for the next person’s fingerprint.
Of course, the feds would find a database of fingerprints irresistible and want access to it, so it would have to be very clear in state law that nobody could do an unauthorized access the database even with a federal warrant, outside of the window of voting. Lots of other safeguards as well.