By Jack E. Lohman
Voter ID is important to a clean electoral system.
For the same reason we want effective ethics oversight and public funding of campaigns, we should also want Voter ID. We want to clean up the system to make it fair to both sides.
- “Voter ID opponents, and those who believe the current system is A-OK, have semi-successfully painted this as a Republican vs. Democrat issue. Too bad – we know plenty of Democrats in Wisconsin support such measures as ID at the polls, too. … The goal is not to restrict voting – rather, it is to ensure that every legal vote is counted. What are its opponents afraid of?” Chris Lato
Chris is absolutely right. This is (or should be) a non-partisan issue.
Opponents claim that Voter ID is used to block minorities from the polls, when in fact a good Voter ID system would guarantee access by all legal voters, regardless of race. No legitimate voter would be turned away, and all it would require is registering once every eight years or so. Republicans and Democrats alike.
Expand registration to the banks. Make it easy and make it fair.
In my 35 years of voting in Wisconsin I have not had to show my ID once. You can walk up to the polls, give them a name (anybody’s name), and get a ballot. Go to a different polling place and do it again with a different name.
Like they say, vote early and vote often, and if you use the same alias it keeps them on the voting list long after they die.
This lack of care is terribly misguided.
Concerned citizens want it changed.
BUT, when Chris asks “What are its opponents afraid of?” I must say:
- The same thing Republicans are afraid of with a campaign system that is funded by the taxpayers instead of the special interests that pad their pockets.
Both sides want an unfair advantage!
Neither side wants fair elections!
They are both wrong!
Recent history gives liberals a clear advantage over conservatives, and it is puzzling that they’d risk their image by demanding a tainted registration system. I’d spend my time recruiting people to get their Voter ID cards and trying to get rid of touch-screen voting systems.
The Dems have an opportunity to clean up the political system and win the public trust for decades to come. Will they, or will the see-saw continue?