Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 8th Nov 2012 20:12 UTC
Editorial In the United States, state and local authorities are in charge of voting and the country uses more than a half dozen different voting technologies. As a result, the country can't guarantee that it accurately counts national votes in a timely fashion. This article discusses the problem and potential solutions to the U.S. voting dilemma.
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RE: Fricking silly!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 10th Nov 2012 20:48 UTC in reply to "Fricking silly!"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

Well, the idea seems that not having an id requirement woulod be an invitation to rampant voter fraud, the reality is that its remarkably rare. The vast, vast, majority of people who are willing to vote are actually honest enough to not vote multiple times. What is the economic profile of those without Identification: lower income minorities. So what then could possibly be behind the push by Republicans to enact legislation to require ID a short period of time before the election, if not voter suppression?

The United states has a long sordid history of various laws designed to prevent, harass and intimidate minorities from exercising their vote. The voting rights act of 1965 actually forbade many states from making changes to voting laws without federal approval to prevent similar shenanigans as these voter id laws.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_Rights_Act

Now, this isn't to say that everyone who is in favor of voter id laws is racist or intent on suppressing votes of the opposition, but they are being used by those that do.

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