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Thursday, December 08, 2005

One Photo, One Vote? No Photo, No Vote?

Ed Packard, the elections specialist at the Secretary of State's office, has a great piece at his blog in which he delves into the issue of photo Voter ID. Ed gives a great deal of information on the background of the issue and presents both sides of the argument in a fair and straightforward manner. He believes proponents and opponents of photo VOTER ID share some fundamental concerns and if they sought a middle ground then perhaps a consensus might emerge.

It really is an informative read and a great primer on an often contentious issue in Alabama politics.

The politics of VOTER ID have dogged Democrats for nearly a decade. The idea of being required to present some sort of ID before an individual is able to vote strikes a significant majority of Alabamians as a common-sense proposal. However, Alabama has a history of preventing some segments of its society from voting, so proposals such as this make some in the state (mainly black voters) a little nervous. So Democrats were faced with a choice of opposing Voter ID and being on the opposite side of the issue from most Alabamians or supporting Voter ID and alienating a core constituency while possibly opening up the door to allegations of voter intimidation.

In 2003 the legislature passed a compromise Voter ID bill requiring a voter to present any of 26 types of identification, many of which don't include a photograph. But the issue of Voter ID has now re-emerged -- this time with an emphasis on photo identification.

And while photo Voter ID is unlikely to be an overriding issue in many races, Beth Chapman, the presumptive Republican nominee for Secretary of State, looks likely to base her campaign largely on her support of a photo Voter ID bill. And look for the issue to make an appearance in legislative elections around the state and maybe even on the Christian Coalition's voter guides.

So read Ed's piece on Voter ID and familiarize yourself with the issues because Voter ID seems likely to continue, in some form or another, as a political football in Alabama politics well into the future.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe we should use voter ID to vote, ONLY so they can go back and check if there is a contested race, and make sure that all items match up correctly.

7:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voter ID is needed in a state like alabama because of the black belt election fraud, the jefferson county vote fraud. Also if we had voter ID in 1986, Graddick might still be Governor today, but because we didnt have Voter ID in 86, the democrats stole another election.

10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well...actually, I have heard it the other way around most of the time. The Republicans are the ones that seem to be stealing elections...at least in my county. I have also observed other counties as well.

11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Democrats didn't steal the 1986 election. Guy Hunt won, remember?

12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, who is the cutie in the picture?

2:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

graddick won the dem nomination by about 9k votes over baxley. then the corrupt leadership of the party selected by 5 biggest idiot and crooks in what became known as the gang of 5. the gang of 5 stripped graddick of the nomination and gave it to baxley, nullifying about 1.6 million votes cast by alabamians.
Graddick ran a write in campaign until halloween. he then dropped out endorsed guy hunt.
So Democrats stole the election and paid the price. Thats why we must have voter ID. Are not all of you tired of hearing blacks say they are afraid? Well, at the margin ( which is where corruption occurs) they dont want ID's because it will eliminate the corrupt incentives created by the democrat street money laundering machine. have any of you ever spent any time on the ground in dallas or green or hale or wilcox county on election day? it looks like a jail break with cash flying around everywhere.

5:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if dishonesty denied Charlie Graddick the chance to be our governor, then being dishonest ain't all bad.

8:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if dishonesty is what gave us Guy Hunt, then its pretty damn bad!

8:28:00 PM  
Blogger watchman said...

How would voter ID have prevented the Baxley-Graddick debacle?

1:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for starters voter id would have precluded all the black vote fraud in that election. contrary to popular opinion, all black people dont look alike and a picture id would have addressed voting twice and particularly access to absentee ballots. On the graddick side of the ballot, voter id would have precluded the so called republican cross overs because not all white people look alike either.

3:51:00 PM  
Blogger watchman said...

I'm still at a loss for how photo ID would have stopped the crossover voting in the 1986 democratic primary.

There wasn't a question about identity in general. People were told they could crossover and did so openly, not through manipulation or in secret.

11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

individual blacks voted numerous times in the 86 election. individual blacks vote numerous times thru absentee ballots in every election including 86. if you fail to see how a picture ID would preserve the sanctity of one man, one vote, you are stupid.

10:40:00 PM  
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