showing ID when you vote

Rosie - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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there was a debate on The View today between elizabeth hasselbeck, and sherri shephard about showing your ID when you vote. when elizabeth voted today, she didn't get asked to show her ID. she was pissed about it. sherri claimed that they ask you for your ID when you register to vote, and thats good enough. who do you agree with? http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/11/02/elisab...

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Here in the UK we can vote by post so in that case there wouldn't be any way of asking for ID to be produced.

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Really Olivia? In 3 times I had to vote I have never seen anyone NOT being asked for ID... Heck even the mayoral candidates had to show ID... This is weird. I think ID should be mandatory.

Olivia - posted on 11/03/2010

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I voted for the first time last month in a municipal election (I'm in Canada btw), and I wasn't asked to show my ID.....I was quite surprised! I had pre-registered, but that involved doing it online. I think you should have to show ID though.

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Also, I have NEVER had to show ID when registering to vote. In fact, this last time I registered (after I got married) I picked up the form at the post office and mailed it in - no human contact necessary!

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I was waiting for my hubby to finish voting and I kinda watched the voters coming in and getting their ballots to fill out. I was APPALLED that none of them were asked for their ID. I gave mine out of habit (when I lived in Nevada we HAD to show our ID or we couldn't vote), so I didn't realize they weren't asking for them until after I had already voted. When I got home I sat down and wrote a letter to the paper editor asking about this (via email) and got an almost instant response saying that the paper is doing and investigative report of this because they have gotten so many emails about it.

Tah - posted on 11/02/2010

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i think they should ask and they did, and then they called out that i was voting...so appparently they looked..lol

Johnny - posted on 11/02/2010

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Well, I live in Canada so I'm sure it's not the same. But I normally have to show ID to get into the polling station and then to get my ballot. We register through income tax returns, so if you don't fill out your return, you aren't registered.

Jennifer - posted on 11/02/2010

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you definitely should be asked.

i had to re-register today because it was my first time voting since my marriage/name change and they didn't even notice that my state ID is expired.

Dana - posted on 11/02/2010

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I had to show my driver's license (or ID). I think there are only 9 states that require you to show ID. The reason why they ask for it when you register is to verify who you are, then at the polls they only compare your signature to the one that they have when you registered.

I watched The View today, Sherri's comments were ignorant IMO. Come to find out, why she was asked for her ID and Elisabeth wasn't was because Sherri had moved and had a different address. I found it to be a ignorant statement because she was turning it into a race issue when it wasn't.

Jodi - posted on 11/02/2010

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Haha, I'm from a very small town where everyone knows everyone. Obviously, you still have to be a registered voter, but I walked in and didn't even have to give my name to the lady (my old 5th grade teacher!) much less show ID of any kind! I think in my situation it's a little different since they know who I am on a personal basis, but I still think, for things like this you should have to verify who you are in order to vote or one could easily come in several times or go to several different polling locations and vote under other people's names which could seriously skew the results.

Mary - posted on 11/02/2010

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I'm in Maryland; I had to show both my voter registration card AND my driver's license (all while juggling a toddler)...as it should be.

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They should look at your ID at least. I honestly don't know where my voters card is. But they can verify who I am by my picture ID on my driver's license. I shouldn't just be able to walk in and claim to be someone without verification.

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When I voted in '08 (in Florida), I was asked for my voter ID card and my driver's license. I also had to sign the book and they verified my signature with the one on my driver's license. Today? They looked at my voter ID card, had me sign the book, gave me my ballot and pointed me to the booths. I was kinda surprised. I'm ashamed to admit this because I cannot STAND Elizabeth Hasselbeck but....I agree with her. I think that, since so many things hang in the balance based on voting, they should verify my identity before they let me cast my vote. I have no problem with it. In fact, when I registered to vote in the state of NY, they didn't ask me for any ID at all so.....who's to say I am me and that the signature they have on file is the real Joy Benson's? With identity theft so rampant all over the place, I think asking for someone's driver's license or state ID is no biggie.

Rosie - posted on 11/02/2010

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they didn't even ask for a voter registration card-i've never been asked for that. i've always just had to show an ID. IDK. totally different states so i'm sure you wouldnt know WTF was going on here, lol!

Kate CP - posted on 11/02/2010

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Hrm. I dunno. As long as I have my voter registration card I don't get any guff from any one. Although every one made the joke today that I was voting for two. *eye roll* :P

Rosie - posted on 11/02/2010

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i've ALWAYS been asked, except for today. this is the first time i've voted in a midterm election, so maybe that's why? i dont' know, but it irked me.

Kate CP - posted on 11/02/2010

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You have to show your voter registration card to vote in Texas. If you don't have that with you then you must show state photo ID (DL, ID card, etc). Don't know how they do it where you are but that keeps the voter fraud down in Texas (for the most part).

Rosie - posted on 11/02/2010

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i agree with elizabeth. i wasn't asked for my ID today and i was kindof put off by it. if i wanted to vote again later, all i would've had to do was look at the name a couple lines underneath my signature and say i was them and vote under their name again. sherri started talking about black people and how it has something to do with racism, which confused the hell out of me. how the hell does requiring EVERYBODY to show ID, have anything to do with racism??

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