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whistleridge: Sigh.Ok...one more time:Voting is a right, not a privilege. That means you don't have to pay to do it, and while the state can regulate it, the conditions that it places on the voter should be minimal.So, for example, you have to show ID or otherwise establish your identity (utility bill, what have you) and residency when you register to vote. However, you can't be required to pay a tax. Being required to present an ID that costs money amounts to a poll tax. A state-issued ID like a driver's license certainly expedites the process, but it can't. be. required. If you have a birth certificate or a social security card, that is enough. If it's good enough to get a driver's license, it's good enough to establish your identity for voting purposes.After you have registered, the ID is redundant; you are registered, and that registration is sufficient. It's similar to how you need a birth certificate and a social security card to get a driver's license, but that after you don't need to carry them because the license is enough to establish that you met those requirements.Now, with that being said, if the states wanted to embrace the expense of issuing hard-plastic photo-bearing voter registration cards, they would be entirely free to do so. In fact, if they were truly only concerned about preventing voter fraud, they would happily embrace that cost as being part of the price of liberty. However,they don't. Instead, they (sensibly) opt for the cheapest method possible: a little piece of paper.And that's exactly as it should be: as often as people move, etc, states that issued such cards would spend a fortune on the damn things. It's ok to do that with driver's licenses, because those are privileges, and so that cost can be passed along to the driver. That the state doesn't choose to spend that kind of money to provide ironclad voter registration cards isn't the voter's problem, however; they have met their part of the voting arrangement by registering, and the courts have repeatedly ruled that further ID requirements represent an undue burden./ it's almost as those this whole ID bs isn't really about preventing voter fraud at all// after all...what price can the state place on liberty?
bluorangefyre: Poll workers had 'ID REQUIRED' on their paperwork at my polling location.
whistleridge: After you have registered, the ID is redundant; you are registered, and that registration is sufficient.
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