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Thursday, September 21, 2006

RE: RE: House bill to require voter ID

Strother said...

Illegal aliens and felons are the new demographic who will vote Democrats into office? Wow, I learn something new every day.

But then he said...

Why is this so evenly divided on the party line? Well, it's simple: because Republicans will benefit by this act and Democrats will suffer, of course.


So who do you (and the Democrats) think is going to try to vote without photo ID, Strother? Keep in mind that every state now requires everyone over the age of 16 to have a photo ID. Who, exactly, is being "disenfranchised" by this?

As to felons and illegal aliens being the Democrats' new constituency, apparently the Democrats believe that to be true. They are the ones pushing to allow them to vote, and not just in this incarnation. They have fronted the idea on a number of occasions and under several different guises over the last ten years.

If I can safely enter my credit card number and buy books from Amazon or transfer funds and pay bills with Bank of America's online banking portal, why can't the federal government offer safe internet voting technology, where Americans set up a PIN, enter their social security number, and move this whole process into modern times?

Can you, really? Do you know the statistics on identity theft?

In any case, you answered your own question. The Federal Government does very little right, having it implement online voting would be like putting up a huge sign saying "Commit voter fraud here." Are you also aware that there is no allowance for federal involvement in voting? If there was a sane Supreme Court in place, the Federal Election Commission as well as every bill having to do with voting would never survive a constitutional challenge. The full intent of the constitution is that voting is strictly a concern of the states. So do you really want the states of California and Florida, who have had their state-run websites hacked repeatedly, running online voting? I'm just saying...

It all goes to show that no one really cares about solutions, only winning the next election.

Well that's surely the truth!


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