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7 hours ago, brabus said:

Well you guys took my simple statement about voter ID and ran 90 left off the tracks. I don’t think trump won, nor did I even remotely argue there was enough fraud to change the course of the election; you just made wild assumptions based off me arguing we should have voter ID requirements. Get this train back on the tracks - what is a legitimate reason for skipping voter ID, yet requiring it for many other things (arguably less important than voting)? I honestly can’t think of a single one. 
 

I guess it’s also totally not a big deal when finance fucks up $15k of your pay for 1.5 years or a violent offender is released from prison and kills someone a week later. Yeah, no point in trying to make the process better, let’s just let it ride. Too much effort otherwise. God I hope this shitty attitude is just your internet persona and not what you actually practice in real life.

I’m not sure you even graduated college, let’s see that proof big shot. Unbelievable dude. 

When you say Voter ID, are you meaning I have to show my ID every time I vote? Or I can bring in a bill showing my address? Because 35 states have Voter ID laws, all varying in degree of what proof you have to provide to vote. 

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Want to slash American carbon?  Build nuclear power plants.  

When MSNBC announced Trump's win in Iowa, there was an audible grunt from Rachel Madow. By the sound of it, she apparently sat on her sack wrong. Happens to the best of us.

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Funny how all those alleging election tampering in 2016 suddenly claim it couldn't have happened in 2020!

Had Trump won, you can bet your last dollar the Democrats would be screaming the same tune when Hillary lost.

Our electoral process has some major issues.  Denying that is simply ignoring facts.  How anyone can have total and blind faith in it after this past November is beyond me...

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3 minutes ago, M2 said:

Funny how all those alleging election tampering in 2016 suddenly claim it couldn't have happened in 2020!

Had Trump won, you can bet your last dollar the Democrats would be screaming the same tune when Hillary lost.

Our electoral process has some major issues.  Denying that is simply ignoring facts.  How anyone can have total and blind faith in it after this past November is beyond me...

Funny how those saying the 2016 elections were fair and honest are now absolutely certain they were tampered with...even though Trump's own people have said they don't see evidence of fraud that would have changed the outcome.

It's time to call it a day, prep for the midterms in 2022, and for the love of God, find a better candidate than the tweeter-in-chief for 2024.

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1 hour ago, M2 said:

Funny how all those alleging election tampering in 2016 suddenly claim it couldn't have happened in 2020!

Had Trump won, you can bet your last dollar the Democrats would be screaming the same tune when Hillary lost.

Our electoral process has some major issues.  Denying that is simply ignoring facts.  How anyone can have total and blind faith in it after this past November is beyond me...

Well, they only have issues in the states Trump lost, right? You can bet your last dollar Republicans would be singing the same song about how fair the electoral process is had Trump won. 

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3 hours ago, Sua Sponte said:

Well, they only have issues in the states Trump lost, right? You can bet your last dollar Republicans would be singing the same song about how fair the electoral process is had Trump won. 

Recount them all, I say.  I am not sure it would make any difference other than instill a little more faith in a system everyone is doubting...

As Rufus Edward Miles--who served as an assistant secretary to Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson--once aptly observed (which is now known as Miles' Law), "Where you stand depends on where you sit."

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9 hours ago, drewpey said:

If republicans were willing to make it automatic issuance, free, easy and quick to replace then I'd be more for it...but what will happen is they will underfund whatever departments give them so getting or replacing the ID will essentially be a poll tax on time(money) for largely democratic voters who will have to weigh getting food to the table or renewing their voter ID because they changed their haircut and are afraid of being turned back at the polls.

Many studies have shown that it will disenfranchise largely democratic voters and drive down overall voter participation.  How many is too many to disenfranchise for a problem we can't even prove exists on a significant scale (see Kobach Commission after the "rampant" voting fraud in 2016 per Trump).  You are trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist by creating more government involvement.  Everyone that can legally vote should vote, and we shouldn't be putting barriers to that.

Again I think for those of you who doubt our election system or think its super easy to scam should volunteer to work one.  It's not as easy as you'd think, and the employees it turns out take their job very seriously.

Yeah man, those dumb poor black folk caint get themselves no ID. And you said "largely democratic" who can't get food on the table if they have to get an ID?

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3 hours ago, arg said:

Yeah man, those dumb poor black folk caint get themselves no ID. And you said "largely democratic" who can't get food on the table if they have to get an ID?

This issue is largely tied to poverty and those of all races who cannot afford the time cost involved with sitting at a DMV or equivalent service for a few hours and being told they have to come back with additional paperwork, etc. when they are already working two jobs to make ends meet.  Minorities are disproportionately affected by poverty, but it's still low effort with the race baiting.

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4 minutes ago, drewpey said:

This issue is largely tied to poverty and those of all races who cannot afford the time cost involved with sitting at a DMV or equivalent service for a few hours and being told they have to come back with additional paperwork, etc. when they are already working two jobs to make ends meet.  Minorities are disproportionately affected by poverty, but it's still low effort with the race baiting.

If they are "already working two jobs" don't you think they already have an ID? I've had a few people here, in probably the poorest state in the US, that I hired do some work on my small farm that you would consider poverty level folks. They all drove here, so unless they were driving without a licence they had ID. Many states offer no cost IDs, of course NM is not one of them.

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5 hours ago, drewpey said:

This issue is largely tied to poverty and those of all races who cannot afford the time cost involved with sitting at a DMV or equivalent service for a few hours and being told they have to come back with additional paperwork, etc. when they are already working two jobs to make ends meet.  Minorities are disproportionately affected by poverty, but it's still low effort with the race baiting.

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To the ID discussion:

 All 50 states should require a government issued, picture ID to vote (DL, general state ID, Concealed Weapons Permit, etc.) If we started this today, everyone who doesn’t currently possess an ID has 3.5 years to get one prior to voting in 2024. Hell, even allow 14 yr olds to get state IDs that don’t expire for 5 years, then they’re not prevented from voting on their 18th birthday if they don’t get a DL from 16-18 yr old. If a person, regardless of their life situation, can’t make that happen, then they simply don’t care/put much importance on voting.
 

When voting, you should have to show this ID and be checked against the registered voter list. Only 6 states currently meet this. I shouldn’t be able to vote simply by walking up to the table and telling you my name and address, with no photo ID (as you currently can do in 30 states + DC).

Absentee voting still requires the same things except you obviously can’t show the ID in person, so at min require signature verification (compare gov ID signature with affidavit signature).  

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BLUF, requiring voter IDs doesn't fully solve the problem, or may not even address the problem if voting isn't done in person.

How do you verify the identity and eligibility of an absentee/mail in voter? Or a military voter voting from overseas? They can't show ID at the time of voting.

How often does a person's identity and eligibility need to be verified? For the eligibility piece, I'm primarily focused on where a person lives to establish what district they are in, though stopping felons who lost their right to vote is important. Assuming citizenship is verified on initial voter registration some way.

If an in person verification is required on a periodic basis, how do you handle someone that can't make the verification? For example, out of state military members.

IDs can be faked, which means polling places can't just visually check an ID, they'd need a scanning system/database that verifies the ID, which drives up the cost and infrastructure for elections. Not a showstopper, but something that has to be planned for (who funds and at what level of government?)

What is an acceptable voter ID? In state driver's licence/identify card with current address only? Temporary issue drivers license showing current address? Does a military ID or US passport suffice (doesn't show eligible address)? If I lose my ID, can I still get a provisional ballot (best case is accidental loss, worst case is stolen by someone wanting to prevent me from voting)?

2 factor authentication seems to be the standard now for anything that touches the internet, so an ID would need to be paired with another authentication, likely a PIN. And the infrastructure to maintain authentication and user support.

Another idea would be to use biometrics to verify identity, but that opens up debate on government collection on biometrics.

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 All 50 states should require a government issued, picture ID to vote (DL, general state ID, Concealed Weapons Permit, etc.) If we started this today, everyone who doesn’t currently possess an ID has 3.5 years to get one prior to voting in 2024.


Your timeline is wrong. Best case is about 1.5 years for the next representative race. And that ignores any local ballots before then.

There's more to it than just federal presidential elections, though that gets the most attention.

A lot of the arguments for voter ID centers around citizenship, which drives the need for an ID that validates citizenship, i.e a RealID license/identity card.

Plus, it took what, like 10 years or so to transition to RealID for air travel, which is arguably a luxury.

And like you mentioned, it doesn't solve mail in vote identity verification.
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All great questions/ideas - let’s act on this instead of accepting the status quo. 
Absolutely agree. Something needs to be done, but it requires investment (and maintaining follow-on support) in our voting infrastructure, and we as a nation don't like to maintain infrastructure.

This should be a bipartisan effort
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Your timeline is wrong. Best case is about 1.5 years for the next representative race. And that ignores any local ballots before then.

There's more to it than just federal presidential elections, though that gets the most attention.

A lot of the arguments for voter ID centers around citizenship, which drives the need for an ID that validates citizenship, i.e a RealID license/identity card.

Plus, it took what, like 10 years or so to transition to RealID for air travel, which is arguably a luxury.

And like you mentioned, it doesn't solve mail in vote identity verification.

 

I was using the presidential as a leading example, I’m well aware of the voting cycle for lower level elections. The big problem is all of these “what about...” questions are not valid arguments against ID, but I do agree they are considerations to be taken into account when developing voter requirements. 
 

My best initial hack on absentee is signature verification, and I think for now that is sufficient (yeah signatures can be forged, but it’s a very unlikely situation). 

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I was using the presidential as a leading example, I’m well aware of the voting cycle for lower level elections. The big problem is all of these “what about...” questions are not valid arguments against ID, but I do agree they are considerations to be taken into account when developing voter requirements. 
 
My best initial hack on absentee is signature verification, and I think for now that is sufficient (yeah signatures can be forged, but it’s a very unlikely situation). 


Yeah, signature verification is probably well that can be done for absentee. My state allows you to download a ballot to mail in, and has a code on the ballot that I assumes serializes/identifies that ballot as unique, and helps block anyone from attempting to vote multiple times.

Moving towards electronic voting will eventually need to happen, and then you can add things like chip and PIN (or at least PIN) identify verification.
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52 minutes ago, brabus said:

I was using the presidential as a leading example, I’m well aware of the voting cycle for lower level elections. The big problem is all of these “what about...” questions are not valid arguments against ID, but I do agree they are considerations to be taken into account when developing voter requirements. 
 

My best initial hack on absentee is signature verification, and I think for now that is sufficient (yeah signatures can be forged, but it’s a very unlikely situation). 

ID verification upon delivery of the parcel, similar to certified mail. The govt can afford it. That's just one option, there are so many ways to skin the cat.

The democratic pols think many of their voters are too stupid/poor/lazy to get an ID in time to vote. They are right, of course, but I suspect they are overestimating the number of that group by 10x or more, and underestimating the number of (R) voters who would not make the cut as well.

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I shouldn’t be able to vote simply by walking up to the table and telling you my name and address, with no photo ID (as you currently can do in 30 states + DC).


I have to question the validity of all of your statements because my experience doesn’t match what you say. I registered to vote in DC, and I was required to provide evidence of where I live with a statement from a utility/valid photo ID, whatever. https://dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Register-to-Vote There is even a website explaining this.


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ID verification upon delivery of the parcel, similar to certified mail. The govt can afford it. That's just one option, there are so many ways to skin the cat.


ID verification at delivery only verifies delivery (in theory), not that that individual was the one that actually voted.

How do you verify military mail? I know I've accidently opened mail that wasn't mine-same name/location, different person.

I've also had certified/insured packages delivered to wrong addresses. Fortunately, I had my contact info in the packages and the person (stranger) that received/signed for them was kind enough to contact me and let me know they received my package meant for me. And yes, all the delivery information was correct in the package, just had a bad postal worker (not an isolated incident in my neighborhood with misdelivered or damaged packages).

Who becomes a trusted agent to verify identity? USPS? What about FEDEX/UPS?

And I take issue with "the gov can afford it." Budgets are tight, and this would be a new requirement, so who pays for it? What level of government funds this? And yes, cutting other programs is a means to pay, but requires debate on what gets cut. But likely will be a tax increase to fund the capability.
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1 hour ago, slackline said:

I have to question the validity of all of your statements because my experience doesn’t match what you say

Man, you guys are ridiculous. “Because I’ve never personally seen X” is an incredibly stupid way to make a case. This thread (and elsewhere) is full of this bullshit notion; how about you guys acknowledge a shitload of things exist, occur, etc. in ways you haven’t personally experienced because such a thing would be impossible, as you haven’t lived in every square inch of the world, the U.S., etc.

Directly to your specific point on this subject, here’s a decent overview:

https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx

My personal experience - I’ve voted in three states that don’t require a photo ID. In one of those states there is literally nothing done beyond verifying the name I stated is on the registered voter list (checked at the time by the volunteer sitting at the check in table). Yeah, it happened...in the last 3 elections I’ve voted in (local/state and federal).

Parting shot to emphasize the point - do you disbelieve one of your airman’s claims of rape because you’ve never experienced it or seen it happen first hand? Yeah, that’s exactly how stupid your above comment comes off. And even worse, you’re not the only one in this camp.

 

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