Skip to comments.Rep. Larsen Proposes Legislation to Ban Voter ID Requirements in Federal Elections
Posted on 04/26/2013 4:10:09 PM PDT by mdittmar
On Friday, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) introduced legislation that would effectively ban requirements that voters show some form of official identification in federal elections. Under the proposed law, voters without required identification would still be able to vote by signing a sworn affidavit that they are the person they represent themselves to be.
Voter identification laws have proliferated in the states in recent years, with critics charging that they are nothing more than a poll tax to suppress the votes of groups, such as people of color and students, that traditionally vote for Democrats. Think Progress reports:
"Voter ID laws, which require voters to show photo ID in order to vote, are one of the most common forms of voter suppression laws favored by Republican state lawmakers. Although the laws supporters claim that they are necessary to combat in-person voter fraud, a voter is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit fraud at the polls. According to one study, a vanishingly small 0.0002 percent of votes are the product of such fraud. Instead, the primary function of voter ID laws is to make it harder for minorities, students, low-income votersall of whom are both less likely to have ID and more likely to vote for Democrats than other voter demographicsfrom casting a ballot."
Maybe we should ban them all,just to be fair.
But we do need to register and do background checks on law abiding gun owners. Commie hypocrite!
just in time:
Voter Fraud: Obama Failed to Qualify For Indiana Ballot? How Many Other States?
If this passes would we be able to claim “civil disobedience” for getting together a large group of freepers together on election day to vote in the same manner democrats do?
Vote often on the same day...
If they aren’t going to enforce the election laws...
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE.....?
I swear that I am Santa Claus.
Really, I am!!
Here, this will prove my identity, Ho, Ho, Ho!!
NOW can I cast my vote??
What a sick joke!
There was a very good reason why we tossed King George OUT of our country in 1776.
Perhaps it’s time to revisit the events of 1775.
Why are the commie ‘RATS so afraid of asking someone to show an ID to vote? They don’t seem to have a problem with it when you want to buy some booze, a pack of smokes or some ammunition. How can we be sure that kids under the legal voting age aren’t voting? From what I’m seeing and reading, “teachers” are encouraging their young skulls full of mush to vote for the communist DemocRATS.
another democrat for tyranny . is this a surprise.no
More fraud. He wants the illegals to have an easier time voting 72 times in the same election.
If they can have an EBT card, they can show ID.
I need ID to purchase Advil Cold & Sinus at the Walmart...
This country is so screwed...
Why even bother wasting the money and time on the elections. If the GOP is gonna continue to let the Rats cheat, why bother?
Anyone who still buys this "sworn affidavit" bull****, I've got a bridge for sale in Brooklyn that I'd like to talk to you about.
Adult passengers (18 and over) are required to show a U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID in order to be allowed to go through the checkpoint and onto their flight.
That doesn't sound fair.
My name is John Galt and I’m a registered voter though I lost every form of personal ID. anyways, I’m here to vote. I swear it’s all true.
The home of the all mail-in fraud. Er, I mean ballot.
Yeah, that's my signature, sure, yeah.
Prove me wrong copper, yeah that's the ticket.
The AFL-CIO whining about combating vote fraud. LOL!
All elections are state elections. This Democrat doesn’t know that? Really?
No ID to vote? What’s next. mailing absentee ballots to everyone in Mexico, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, Haiti...?
Ah, the honor system.
I will, however, give Rep. Larsen (and, by extension, the Democrats in general) credit for the transparency of the cynicism on display here...
Constant talk of ‘ID-less minorities’ is just racist,
Aren’t elections conducted by states? I doubt this would be constitutional.
THEY WANT TO INSTITUTIONALIZE VOTER FRAUD.
They’ve already incorporated FOREIGN CAMPAIGN DONATION FRAUD into many of their campaigns (foreign & illegal cash donations being funneled in as small (under $200 each) donations. This started with the Clinton campaigns with Chinese money and later (surprise, surprise) the Clinton administration approved release of missile guidance technology to the Chinese which enabled their ICBMs to accurately reach US targets with precision. TREASON
Obama continued the tradition with Chinese and Saudi funds—coming in via the same methodology. The DNC, Obama campaign and allied organizations CONVENIENTLY DO NOT SAVE IP ADDRESSES of its donors as the cash internet donations rolled in.
States have the right to set eligibility requirements based age, residency, and citizenship requirements.
Right, and criminals obey gun laws, Mexican's never cross the border illegally and stay here, and there's no waste, fraud or abuse in any Government social spending program.
In the meantime, I have to show an insurance card and drivers license to receive health care, prove I have insurance to buy & drive a car, show a drivers license to buy beer (despite my being 50) and have a badge to enter my workplace.
Nothing wrong with this picture. None at all .....
Sir, please stop giving the Democrats ideas!
i’d love for them to explain why they believe showing voter id is a poll tax. they have no idea what a poll tax is, if they believe that.
So the Democrats really can’t win without massive voter fraud?
A Democrat. That’s all we need to know.
What you say about RATS winning by voter fraud is very true, esp. in Washington State with this ahole is from.
Look at the governor’s races and some Senate races over the past 20 years. They stink of fraud.
Hey, it’s not like the 10th Amendment means anything to these rats!!!
this is an unmitigated lie. Individual vote fraud is exceedingly hard to prove so unless a person admits to it they usually get away with it. It would be more honest to say, "a voter is more likely to be struck by lightning than to get caught committing fraud at the polls".
One of the things that is so damned irritating about voting in this state is when they challenge your signature. They force you to mail in your ballot and then weeks (or months) later they’ll send you a letter stating that they are holding your ballot pending signature verification because (they claim) it is too different from the one on file.
At least at a voting booth you could resolve the matter right there with an ID.
First, note that concern over voting requirements is being driven by the ongoing power grab for perceived federal government powers imo. Regarding these perceived powers, as a consequence of widespread ignorance of why the Founding States made the federal Constitution, to limit (cripple) the federal government’s powers, voters do not understand the following. Probably most voters are clueless that most of the federal government services that they are trying to protect with their votes are actually under the 10th Amendment-protected control of the states, the corrupt federal government having pirated state powers to regulate such services over the last 60+ years.
Regarding requirements to vote, the states have amended the Constituton to protect voting rights on the bases of race, sex, tax status and age. In other words, the so-called “right” to vote without first presenting a valid picture ID is not a constitutonally protected right.
Also, in addition to states requiring valid picture ID in order to vote, I strongly suggest that the states also consider another requirement. The states need to require candidate voters to pass a basic constitutonal law test in order to vote. After all, taxpayers need to be on their guard against federal candidate lawmakers who make campaign promises based on powers which the states have never degated to the federal government via the Constitution, Obamacare being an excellent example.
Everything this gov’t does is crooked. I’d feel better if we hired the Russians to run our voting!
Now, how did that happen?
Did WA state suddenly employ THOUSANDS of handwriting experts to compare signatures?
Wouldn't it be CHEAPER and more convenient to have in-person voting?
What a concept. I mean it's so "archaic" that they used it in...2008.
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