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Posted on 11/06/2012 1:13:18 PM PST by GraceG
For the head of Libya's national election commission, the method by which Americans vote is startling in that it depends so much on trust and the good faith of election officials and voters alike.
"It's an incredible system," said Nuri K. Elabbar, who traveled to the United States along with election officials from more than 60 countries to observe today's presidential elections as part of a program run by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Your humble Cable guy visited polling places with some of the international officials this morning. Most of them agreed that in their countries, such an open voting system simply would not work.
"It's very difficult to transfer this system as it is to any other country. This system is built according to trust and this trust needs a lot of procedures and a lot of education for other countries to adopt it," Elabbar said.
The most often noted difference between American elections among the visitors was that in most U.S. states, voters need no identification. Voters can also vote by mail, sometimes online, and there's often no way to know if one person has voted several times under different names, unlike in some Arab countries, where voters ink their fingers when casting their ballots.
The international visitors also noted that there's no police at U.S. polling stations. In foreign countries, police at polling places are viewed as signs of security; in the United States they are sometimes seen as intimidating.
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We require ID in Michigan
No shit, Sherlock.
In Florida ID is required. I used my DL and they swiped in through a validation machine that reads the magnetic strip to make sure it is not a forgery. Then it presented data on the screen which the poll worker compared to my DL and Voter card to make sure all information was valid, current and authentic.
I remember early on in my voting years in Texas that I had to show my driver’s license to prove myself. My Mom and Dad don’t remember that and they weren’t sure what to think about requiring showing an ID . . . because they are democrats. But it now makes sense to them that you must show an ID. Especially when I told them that attendees at the NAACP in Houston had to show IDs (democrat convention, too).
Wow. Even blind international squirrels find a nut once in a while!
Yep. And where I voted no one complained. Even as left-wing as it is.
That would be great! Need to get the report after the election. Of course I’m sure it’s subject to change with a little persuasion
...after all was validated I signed a screen. Then a receipt was printed out from the machine, with my signature which the poll worker filed for election records.
ID required in red Georgia... They scanned mine and everything. Not sure it was all they intimidating....
I remember being amazed when I first voted I didn’t need to prove anything. I am just as amazed any thinking person votes democrat.
Yeah its funny with all the fighting over voter ID we don’t catch hell over it in Michigan.
First time I have ever agreed with the UN.
Alright! We’re #1, we’re #1!
Once again the USofA takes the lead! The US will teach those 3rd world banana republics how to cheat an election!
sump’n to be proud of.
We have it good in FL. At my precinct we have paper ballots.
I am totally good with the purple finger and no early voting.
Unless states start requiring a real ID, voting will be seen as a joke. I doubt that any other country in the world allows anyone to waltz in, show a library card, and vote. What a joke.
We have to show our license in Louisiana.
ID required in Kansas, plus signature. So you have to be able to read and write.
It would be funny if we were brought up on charges of vote fraud and election stealing. ‘splain that one, 0bozo!
In Louisiana too, ID is required. Every year they even question my middle initial because I changed it to my maiden name initial. They watch everything where I live - in RED country!
Well said JPT! I show a DL.
Welcome to FR, newbie! Yes, “reds” are an exception in Philly!
I had to move away after 35 years in the City of Brotherly Love, a motto that has taken on a whole new meaning now that GLBT’s are running the City Council....
Will a cable bill work? How about a bill for an 0bamaphone? Other countries take voting seriously. Here it’s a joke.
Here’s an idea. Require the same ID as needed to get on a plane and maybe the people will take voting seriously and go out and vote.
Wussy procedures tell people that voting is a joke.
Hahaha! Oh wow, you know it’s bad when U.N. workers point it out.
Thank God...We also have information on your absentee ballot........
In Michigan, you can still vote without an ID if you sign an affidavit. http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716-178123—,00.html
(I PROMISE, I’m not cheating!)
Clearly, the rest of the world has a clue about human nature. As evidenced by all of the in-your-face cheating today, the Dems clearly value power over honesty.
We should have been using the purple thumb routine for years: you want to vote twice, come in with one less thumb.
I.D. required here in Pa.
The affidavit is almost never used because most folks committing vote fraud aren’t interested in signing what amounts to an admission of guilt. That’s why they were so upset about the citizenship check box, it was effectively a signed confession.
In NC, we don’t have to show ID. We simply walk up, state our last name. At this time, they look for your very large print voter card. When they find it, they confirm your first name and address... which is easily read by someone 5 feet away. I feel so secure...
GA does something similar, except the ID check uses an optical reader that checks the hash code on the back of your drivers license.
I'll post a response as soon as I decide whether its appropriate to laugh or to cry.
Yet, in South Carolina, my Marine son was not allowed to vote because his military ID wasn’t good enough! He had to go home and get his voter registration card, go back to the polls and be approved by the supervisor!
Yes, you’re right. I just wanted to add the exception to your statement. Voter turnout was heavy in my neck of the woods this morning. Hope that is a good sign!
I live in Mexico, as an American expat. Your national ID with picture is require to vote. The voter log at the poll has your picture. You leave your thumb print when voting and your index finger is put in purple ink to prevent you from voting twice.
Michigan FReeper check in thread
Hilarious, isn’t it? In a pathetic kind of way.
I’m betting the UN observers will be getting a visit from some Democommie thugs today, reminding them what their “job” here is actually supposed to be!
Thanks for the link! Stay safe.
Only if you have a guilty conscience and something to hide.
Third World basket case Countries have more honest elections than the corrupt Democratic-Party policy run USA.
Geez, even a third world country like Mexico has tighter voter security than we do... Pathetic...
Here in Oklahoma, you have to have a DL or photo ID, and they like you to have your voter registration card, and you sign the log book, but that is it...
Here in Oklahoma this is the first year a photo ID is required to vote. Showed the poll worker my military ID, she handed it back and said “Thank you” twice. Made me feel pretty good.
No ID required here in Los Angeles this afternoon.
I had to show ID in Texas
Same here. Paper ballots, similar to the multiple choice questions from school. Then the individual voter fed his into the reader, which sat on top of a locked/secure container where the actual ballots were deposited after being read by the scanner, before they left the polling place.
My wife and I had to show a PICTURE ID to get in the door at the voting precinct today. Indiana