Skip to comments.UN poll-watchers 'amazed' US doesn't require ID's to vote...
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!
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