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Old 09-26-2012, 07:04 AM   #31
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ID?? You just walk in here, give your name, sign by the X and you go vote- no ID required of any type.
Some of you mentioned long lines?? How long do you have to wait in line. We have so many voting places per town here that there is never more than a 5 minute wait in any election to vote...
PA passed a voter ID law, now it is being challenged in court but so far it has been upheld.

I heard GA has voter ID laws now too.

And we in PA have to go to a certain location based on where we live, and the lines are the heaviest before 9 and after 5.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:05 AM   #32
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ID?? You just walk in here, give your name, sign by the X and you go vote- no ID required of any type.
Some of you mentioned long lines?? How long do you have to wait in line. We have so many voting places per town here that there is never more than a 5 minute wait in any election to vote...
What state are you in? According to the link I posted, EVERY state requires some form of ID. Granted, a handful have exceptions for those without ID.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:12 AM   #33
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What state are you in? According to the link I posted, EVERY state requires some form of ID. Granted, a handful have exceptions for those without ID.
I didn't see a link (I'll go look) but whatever it is is wrong if it says that because that's not even CLOSE to true.

New York certainly has no such thing (again, you walk in, say your last name, they flip, you point or give your first name verbally, sign, vote), plenty of states don't. Iirc, it only recently tipped to half or a slight majority with any ID requirement. The photo ID thing is a very small number of states but at least close to half have no requirement for ID whatsoever, afaik.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:51 AM   #34
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I didn't see a link (I'll go look) but whatever it is is wrong if it says that because that's not even CLOSE to true.

New York certainly has no such thing (again, you walk in, say your last name, they flip, you point or give your first name verbally, sign, vote), plenty of states don't. Iirc, it only recently tipped to half or a slight majority with any ID requirement. The photo ID thing is a very small number of states but at least close to half have no requirement for ID whatsoever, afaik.
Ah, I read the chart wrong. The chart only included states that DO require ID. I didn't count the states, I just looked down the column of what was required.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:55 AM   #35
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I believe most states have early voting opportunities. Check your Secretary of State website to see what your options are.

If there is no early voting then you can request an absentee ballot.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:12 AM   #36
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Possibly because those without photo ID don't go to vote because they don't have photo ID.

We require no ID whatsoever, you show up, tell the pollworker your name, they flip to the page in the book, you point, you sign, you vote.
I have had plenty of voters come in without photo ID (as there is a decent list of items they can bring to verify identity). They bring bills, voter ID cards, vehicle registration..etc. I would say the majority have a photo ID but I have certainly seen others who either choose not to use it or don't have it.

Or do you mean if they don't have ID they don't have means to get to the polls (because in those instances you can have a ballot sent to your home if you can't get there)?

Polling places are district specific here too for county elections. We do have people come in that don't belong in the district and have maps and papers where we can look up their direct polling place (or they can check it online prior to leaving or call a voter line to verify as well). We always explain that for their vote to count they must vote in the proper precinct. Many don't seem to think/realize that they are voting for people to represent specific areas..nor do you want someone from one city (who doesn't live there) casting a vote for mayor or something like that..so it has to be cast where you belong.
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I have had plenty of voters come in without photo ID (as there is a decent list of items they can bring to verify identity). They bring bills, voter ID cards, vehicle registration..etc. I would say the majority have a photo ID but I have certainly seen others who either choose not to use it or don't have it.

Or do you mean if they don't have ID they don't have means to get to the polls (because in those instances you can have a ballot sent to your home if you can't get there)?
Until cornflake prompted me to do some more research, I didn't realize there are a good number of states that require no ID whatsoever.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:27 AM   #38
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I didn't see a link (I'll go look) but whatever it is is wrong if it says that because that's not even CLOSE to true.

New York certainly has no such thing (again, you walk in, say your last name, they flip, you point or give your first name verbally, sign, vote), plenty of states don't. Iirc, it only recently tipped to half or a slight majority with any ID requirement. The photo ID thing is a very small number of states but at least close to half have no requirement for ID whatsoever, afaik.
If I am reading the info correctly around 33 states have voter ID laws..only a few (not my state) have strict photo ID laws..others (like mine) will take photo or non photo ID. So as I take it most but not all states have some requirement and the majority (more than 1/2) do require voter ID with more potentially on the way. In some states it is new or just going into place. My state has had it in place for at least 3 previous elections (including the previous Presidential).

I know the idea behind it is to prevent voter fraud..you need a way to be sure some candidate (or citizen or who knows who) isn't paying people to enter polls and pad votes fraudulently by claiming to be people they are not (or maybe voting in deceased voters names for example).

I remember the good old days and I am well versed in the current way based on what I do...I don't find the ID laws to hold things up or be a huge deal.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:11 PM   #39
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Are your polling places not specific to district?

I mean I can only vote at one polling station. If a lot of people who vote at that polling station shows up at once - lines ensue. If you go at an off time, it's better but like 7-9am and 5-7:30 or 8 (before work/after work before dinner), it can be really crowded.
I do have to go one place to vote but in my town alone its broken up into three different polling places so never crowded
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