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Why not a campaign to make it easier for people to get ID? - Input Junkie
August 15th, 2013
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Why not a campaign to make it easier for people to get ID?
I've been watching the voter ID controversy, and I find it entirely plausible that some people are facing serious barriers to getting ID, even though they're theoretically an entitled to it as the people who do have it.

This isn't just about voting-- lack of ID can limit people's lives in a lot of ways.

A campaign could range from charities to raise money for fees to logistical help with getting ID to working to make ID acquisition more accessible (lower fees, more centers).

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From:lsanderson
Date:August 15th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
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Because it looks fair and feels foul.
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From:nancylebov
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
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What do you have in mind?
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From:agrumer
Date:August 15th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
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What?
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From:bemused_leftist
Date:August 15th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
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This would combine well with a GOTV project. Several good outcomes reinforce each other. By concentrating on people who are likely to vote for your side, you gain votes; it also gives the individuals something important for their own lives regardless of politics; and it builds goodwill for your side.
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From:kgbooklog
Date:August 15th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
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The problem is that only one party has any interest in objecting to the law, so any efforts along these lines (like pointing out the law doesn't apply to absentee ballots) would be declared "proof" that that party is engaged in voter fraud.
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From:David Wilford
Date:August 15th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
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My stepson doesn't drive and the ID card he does have has expired, but since he doesn't drink he's not needed one. Thankfully he lives in a state (Minnesota) that doesn't require an ID to vote.
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From:nancylebov
Date:August 15th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
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IIRC, I've needed my ID to buy a bus ticket in person (Greyhound), to get a library card, and to get a pass card (limited passport).

Also, an ID access program would help people with getting birth certificates.
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From:roasted_beets
Date:August 15th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
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You can't buy Sudafed without ID!
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From:filkerdave
Date:August 15th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm fairly convinced that the drive behind a lot of these laws is to make it HARD for people to vote, because the party that's pushing these laws is trying to prevent demographics that they don't feel will vote for them to not vote.

Prediction: try and implement any of those suggestions above and the Republicans will fight it tooth and nail, screaming that there's election fraud because of this. Oh, and it will be the theme of the day on Fox, in between stories about Benghazi.

The entire point of the voter ID laws is to suppress voting.
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From:sethg_prime
Date:August 15th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the goalposts will just move from “voter fraud” to “ID fraud”.

The whole obsession with voter ID is really in tension with a certain principle in the Anglo-American legal tradition, namely, that if you are a law-abiding citizen, you have no obligation to prove your identity to the government.
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