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Old September 23rd, 2012, 12:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by OutofDate1980 View Post
The cited author made this suggestion. I still think voter ID laws are a waste of public resources for an almost nonexistent problem. When voting one is required to confirm address, name and sign a declaration of the truth of this confirmation. It's a high risk low reward outcome to falsify the identity of a registered voter. One would have to be certain the real voter hasn't already voted, know the address, and forge a signature that is on file.

If we are going to have Voter ID, this appears to be an efficient means to standardize and not disenfranchise legit voters as the ID and supporting documents are free.

It's a much better means than the current legislation written by ALEX.

These voter suppression laws which were written by Right Wing Nut Paul Weyrich's American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), who infamously said "our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down." is nothing less than the Republican Party's attempt to overthrow American Democracy, by lying about voter fraud.

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ALEC's membership list and the origin of its model bills were not disclosed; BusinessWeek wrote that "part of ALEC's mission is to present industry-backed legislation as grass-roots work."[7] ALEC's role in drafting and distributing model legislation through its lawmaker members became public knowledge as the result of a Freedom of Information Act filing and a leak of ALEC's internal library of model legislation,[7] resulting in scrutiny and controversy over the group's role in the legislative process. The New York Times wrote that "special interests effectively turn ALECís lawmaker members into stealth lobbyists, providing them with talking points, signaling how they should vote, and collaborating on bills affecting hundreds of issues like school vouchers and tobacco taxes."[4] Progressive advocacy groups such as Common Cause questioned ALEC's non-profit status, alleging that the Council engaged in lobbying.[9] ALEC responded by denying that it engaged in lobbying, and arguing that liberal groups were attacking ALEC because "they don't have a comparable group that is as effective as ALEC in enacting policies into law."[9]
I'm still confused as to why you support this on a national level and not on a state level. This law would presumably require the same kinds of ID that the state laws do (Social Security number, birth certificate, etc.....). The current laws provide IDs free of charge if you've got the above information. Only difference I see is this would be in a national database instead of a local database and, it seems, would gather more information than the state resolutions are gathering. I don't think anyone in the US would trust the feds with that kind of information.
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