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Should people be required to show valid photo IDs before they're allowed to vote?

Yes 81% 534 votes
No 18% 119 votes
Total Votes: 653

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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August 16, 2012
7:12 a.m.

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airedale1950 ( airedale1950 ) says...

Absolutely...and while we are not on the subject...

..."Stop and Frisk" should be applied to our neighborhoods as well.

August 16, 2012
11:44 a.m.

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Woodrow ( Woodrow ) says...

Why there is opposition to requiring a voter ID is mystifying. Most of the voting population has an ID, and those who don't can easily get one. If they can make it to vote, they can make it to local DMV to get a free ID....if you're a citizen, that is.

August 16, 2012
7:26 p.m.

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ed186 ( ed186 ) says...

YES,YES and YES! Absolutely, a person is required to show ID for almost everything else so why not to vote? What the big fuss all about. Do you really want someone voting that shouldn't vote? I for one do not.

August 17, 2012
12:22 p.m.

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rsmall803 ( rsmall803 ) says...

most voters are known at their polling place. if thetr not the voters signs their name which should closly match their previoue signatures. if a first time voter or new to the are, ya go ahead and show your id. living in ca. now i vote by mail.

August 17, 2012
2:22 p.m.

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SchenectadyScott ( SchenectadyScott ) says...

Who would say no to showing an ID when you vote?...You need an valid ID proof for everything in this World...

August 18, 2012
11:23 p.m.

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quesaisje5000 ( quesaisje5000 ) says...

Why not also require a certified birth certificate (Not a photostat or copy) and most recent federal and state income tax returns (Original, not a copy)? I mean, what could be more fair than that? Everyone has these, don't they? And no more early voting or absentee ballot. If you can't get yourself to the polls on election day, you're out of luck. That's the Republican way, isn't?

August 19, 2012
8:54 a.m.

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langehr ( langehr ) says...

You'd be surprised how many people don't have a picture ID that would be eligible for one. Sometimes the poor or disabled do not have the funds (it is not free at the DMV) and getting documentation from a state you no longer live in can be a cumbersome process. Voting is a right to all citizens and should not require an ID.

August 19, 2012
10:50 a.m.

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ed186 ( ed186 ) says...

To Langehr and Quesaisje5000 I say PUPPYCOCK,a poor person should get a FEE ID we give then fee everything else. And, too bad that is cumbersome it can be done if a person wishes to vote period. And what about our service men and women you say they can't vote? If they can't get to the polls? Come on now get real. And by the way,what does the Republican way mean anyway? I don't get it, sorry.

August 19, 2012
10:10 p.m.

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airedale1950 ( airedale1950 ) says...

quesaisje5000...back to school for more sarcasm training...you really blew this attempt.

But seeing as you claim to be a citizen, and you claim you are not voting in more than one polling place,and promise not to be claiming to be a dead person voting in the next district over...we WILL take your word for it....'cause that is the Democrat way! EVERYONE has good intentions, and politics is as clean and pure as the driven snow.

Thank you (and your recently deceased uncle Fred) for your support.

August 20, 2012
1:56 a.m.

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SchenectadyScott ( SchenectadyScott ) says...

I had no problem when I turned 18 taking the bus down to the Schenectady Police Station to get a photo ID. I did not get my driver's license till I was 19. I still have that photo ID. It is really a poor argument to say it is an inconvenience to get a photo ID. There is no agenda other than allowing voter fraud. We have people driving without driver's licenses and insurance. The purpose for photo ID's is for the protection of the innocent from those that choose to abuse and disregard other citizens pursuit of happiness. Without a social conscious and responsibility for ones self you will have a bully society as we have now.

August 20, 2012
10:28 a.m.

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ed186 ( ed186 ) says...

Well said SchenectadyScott,well said.

August 20, 2012
7:04 p.m.

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cfield ( cfield ) says...

Langehr- Now regarding these poorer people. How do they identify themselves at the DSS office. Now these people need some type of ID, or does the government just hand out food stamps, rent money,heat/electrical/clothing/cell phones and cab fare to everyone???

August 21, 2012
7:25 a.m.

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wmarincic ( wmarincic ) says...

It was found that 1.8 million dead people voted for Obama in 2008. Either Jesus came without anyone knowing it or we had votor fraud on a massive scale. That is the democrat way isn't it?

August 23, 2012
5:49 p.m.

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robbump ( robbump ) says...

I think ID should be shown.

But I see a reason, other than fraud, that one might not want to show id. Many on this thread have cited other things that one shows an ID for: flying, driving, cashing checks (does anyone do that these days?), getting assistance, etc.

But all of those are *privileges*. Voting is a RIGHT; and nowhere in the Constitution was "ID" mentioned.

August 24, 2012
6:02 p.m.

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SchenectadyScott ( SchenectadyScott ) says...

Is there a 'right' to vote? Or should we take a different view and argue that it is a 'privilege' to vote? Let's see.

If voting is a 'right', especially if you call it a 'civil right' then by definition it can not be taken away. Rights can not be lost, for then they would not be 'rights'. Privileges can be lost (ask any teenager!), but not rights. Also, 'rights' belong to everyone equally, so if you have any rules about voting, it can not be a 'right'. Many countries have a minimum voting age. Well, since many countries are filled with convicted criminals that can not vote, as well as underage people that can not vote, voting can not be legally considered a 'right'.

Well then, it is a privilege? If so, there are rules on earning it and on losing it. How does one 'earn' the privilege to vote? Is it by being a landowner? Is it by being born male, or by being old enough? How old is old enough? Is it 18 or 21 years of age?

Do any of these rules, or the many other ones tried by countries over the centuries ensure quality voters? Many of us know people of voting age that are just plain, well, not intelligent voters. We also know people too young to vote that are very careful and intelligent about casting their vote. I know dumb landowners and intelligent renters. If you want to call voting a privilege, I assure you that any line you draw for people to cross in order to 'earn' that privilege will be a flawed line. I offer you the argument that voting is not a privilege.

Voting in political elections is not a right, nor is it a privilege. Then what is it? I contend that it is a grave responsibility. Those that do not agree, should not be allowed to vote. Those that do agree, should be allowed to vote. They should strive hard to make 'informed' decisions which are best for them in the long-term.

 

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