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U.N. Poll Watchers Baffled U.S. Doesn't Require I.D. to Vote ^ | 6 November, 2012 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 11/08/2012 6:46:36 AM PST by marktwain

Those of us who thought U.N election observers would be completely worthless or unhelpful today, were wrong. U.N. observers are expressing their surprise at how much trust Americans put into the election system without verification and cannot believe Voter I.D. isn't a national requirement to vote.

"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.

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.

As we all know by now, those opposed to an identification requirement at the polls believe Voter I.D. laws disenfranchise minority voters. As I observed earlier today when I voted in Virgnina, a state with a Voter I.D. requirement, minorities in line with me had zero issues complying with the law and they all had photo I.D. Also, 75 percent of registered voters believe Voter I.D. should be required at the polls.

While the Obama Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, uses its authority to block some state voter ID laws (Texas), and investigate others (Pennsylvania), a newly-released poll shows overwhelming public support for laws requiring voters to present identification before casting a ballot. That support crosses party lines, racial lines, economic lines, educational lines, and just about every other line in the electorate at large.

In the survey, the Washington Post asked, “In your view, should voters in the United States be required to show official, government-issued photo identification — such as a driver’s license — when they cast ballots on election day, or shouldn’t they have to do this?” Among all adults, 74 percent said voters should present ID, versus 23 percent who said they should not. Among registered voters, the numbers were 75 percent to 23 percent.

When something has the support of 75 percent of the voters, plus the approval of the Supreme Court, which by a six-to-three vote in 2008 upheld Indiana’s voter ID law, one might think the Justice Department would give up trying to stop it.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; election; franken; fraud; id; photoid; un; voterid; voting
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To: Boonie

“...One voting day..If you can’t make it, tough!!! That is YOUR responsibility...”

The ONLY variant to this would be to military personnel stationed overseas...They HAVE to be given the neccessary for their votes to be received and counted...NO exceptions to this rule...Every single military voter deserves their vote counted above all others, IMHO...

21 posted on 11/08/2012 8:36:24 AM PST by Boonie
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To: Boonie

nail on head.

It’;s amzing how easy it would be to stop all this voting twice, illegals, dead people, handing out ballots to people in line and then just dropping them off or even having plice at the polling station when someone tries to do voter fraud.

Sadly we have a party which does not want to enforce any laws with voting, hell they don;t even want drug laws, immigration laws, they just want anarchy on what they want and what they want todo

22 posted on 11/08/2012 10:31:29 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

In case you were not aware of it, the state of Florida has turned over counting its electronic voting to Scytl a company in Spain run by citizens of the world

23 posted on 11/08/2012 11:40:18 AM PST by khelus
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To: khelus

did not know that and AARRGGHHHHHH

24 posted on 11/08/2012 11:46:05 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: marktwain
How many elections have we successfully held in this country without picture ID's? How did we manage to hold elections without them in 1800 or 1900? How is a mandate that requires someone to buy a government issued picture ID more constitutional than a mandate that forces someone to buy health insurance?

I suggest two simpler procedures to prevent voter fraud. First, take a thumbprint from each voter right next to his signature on the voter rolls. Second, videotape and record the entrances and exits to the polling place.

Keep it simple and effective. Picture ID's are unnecessary.

25 posted on 11/08/2012 11:57:53 AM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: Tau Food; All

Certainly, recording of the polls would be a good idea. The Democrats have demonized this as well, insisting that it is voter suppression.

As a poll watcher, I was not allowed to have an audio or video recorder or to take pictures.

26 posted on 11/08/2012 12:46:23 PM PST by marktwain
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