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TELL US: Should Massachusetts Pass a Voter ID Bill?

Let us know your thoughts on presenting government-issued ID when voting for the general election in 2012.

 

Recently, in helping to establish a non-binding ballot question in some of Bristol County's districts that aims to require the presentation of a government issued identification in order to vote in Massachusetts.

But what do you think about Massachusetts residents needing to show a government ID card to vote? How do you think the idea would be perceived in Boston?

The new initiative, which will be on the district ballots in the first, fourth and sixth Bristol districts, will be voted on come November as a non-binding vote to show support for voter identification. The idea, according to Kozlowski, is designed to help minimize voter fraud.

Kozlowski worked with Peter Sacks at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to work on the language of the bill. The ultimate approval, even after possible support, would be up to the Attorney General. And the ballot question will essentially put out feelers for support of the bill.

Last year, several supporters tried to get a full state proposition on the ballot for this November, but the Attorney General's Office rejected the bid to require government ID for voting in Massachusetts, saying the cost of procuring a legal photo identification disenfranchises many voters.

But what do you think? Should Massachusetts require voters to present ID when at the polls? Will this prevent voter fraud, or hinder the freedom of elections? 

Neil August 25, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Voter ID stops one kind of voting fraud: impersonation, and not other types. The data says voter impersonation fraud is extremely rare, so rare that a person is more likely to be hit by lightening than to commit it. The speaker of the PA House of Reps said on camera that they passed voter ID to help Romney win PA in Nov. Legislators in PA who support voter ID admit there is not one documented case of voter impersonation which they can point to say, this new law would have stopped that. Voter ID is a solution to a problem that does not exist. It's main purpose is to disenfranchise voters, which is a Constitutional right. During the Bush Admin, Rove pressed US Attorneys to prosecute voter impersonation fraud. Many US Attorneys said there was no evidence of it. Seven of them were asked to resign and what came out of it was a national scandal of the White House using the Department Of Justice for electoral politics. Finally, if supporters of Voter ID were really interested in voting fraud they be talking about reforms in areas other than voter impersonation. They'd also put a long time frame for implementation of voter ID so that ALL CITIZENS who want to vote would have AMPLE time (years ) and many alternatives for documentation sufficient to acquire free ID. Without free ID, VoterID is unconstitutional as a poll tax. There are many cases in the news of especially elderly and poor people who do not have and cannot obtain documents necessary to get a new VoterID.
yannaro August 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Voter fraud is, essentially, non-existant in the US. This tactic of voter ID cards plays to our basest fears. Shame on those who want this. The last time I checked my zip code I found I still lived in the US, not North Korea, etc.
Jessica Mink August 26, 2012 at 09:53 PM
There is no voting fraud, and it will make it harder for both younger and older people to vote when too few people vote. It's a NO on voter ID from me.
David Costello August 28, 2012 at 01:16 PM
You have all missed the mark. Voter ID is an important tool that does mitigate voter fraud. While I agree that there are other areas of the election process that need to be fixed (like the current redistricting situation in MA) I feel that a years time is enough to get your "stuff" together. The standing rules and fees for MA ID are more than fair. Regarding free ID and the poor and elderly not being able to obtain the necessary documentation for said ID; how did they apply for public assistance? Your assertion that voter ID is a poll tax is asinine. Voting is a priviledge, not a right. Just ask any felon in this state. I want this in play to ensure that people who are voting have the legal privilege. If you want to refer to "base fears" how about the huge number of illegal aliens that vote in this country every election cycle! Let's see those numbers! I asked my younger brothers if they knew of anyone that didn't have a legal ID; they couldn't come up with one name or a single person they knew. Off the cuff, I'd say 90% of the 18 - 26 y/o's have drivers licenses where as much of the issue with the elderly is being able to actually get to the polls to vote. I believe, it's that many liberal democrats in this state know that if a voter ID bill were introduced and passed into law that the toll at the poll (pertaining to voter attendence) would affect their voter turn out greatly. Anyhow, in the end Deval would just veto it anyway...
Neil September 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
"mitigate voter fraud." There is no record of voter impersonation fraud.
David Costello September 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Neil, how can there be a record of voter impersonation fraud if it's not being tracked?? It's the same old song and dance...you can't hear a tree fall in the forest if you're not in the forest. We already have the poll people there! Utilize them! Currently all you have to do is approach the checkers, give them your name and address and you vote! What's stopping some nefarious person who knows that his or her neighbor isn't voting from approaching any voting station in their ward and claiming that they're Mr. or Mrs. "X"?? Take your rose colored glasses off and get real! We're not in Kansas anymore Toto!

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