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So, about voting...
I voted this morning, well, close to noon, on my way into the office. Worcester still uses an old paper ballot, fill in the oval with the special pen, Scantron-ish system. There weren't many things to vote on - no referendums or anything, and some of the positions only had one candidate running for them. But that's not the reason I'm posting...

Doesn't it seems like *voting* is one of the times checking an ID is a good idea? I mean, my name is MegaZone ferchrissake. "Street?" "Rodney." *flip* "Number?" "104" *flip* "Name?" "MegaZone." *scan* *check* *Hand ballot over.* Same on the way out. To commit voter fraud all you'd really have to do is read the names off of some mail boxes, or the mail in them, then show up early. Last time I voted, in Waltham, they checked my ID. And I think they did in California too.

I am: tired tired
Current Media: quiet office

ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: November 2nd, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
They checked my ID and wedgex's as well, and my voter-reg postcard, since I registered late in the game.

My housemate had to swear an oath that he lived where he said he did, and they checked his ID, since he had somehow had his registration moved to the inactive list.
hamusutaa From: hamusutaa Date: November 2nd, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My ID was not checked, although I was in possession of the sample ballot with my name printed on it, so I must have been who I said I was.

But I did have to sign my name, so there is some sort of paper trail.
7threality From: 7threality Date: November 2nd, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No ID check, no signing for me.

I've cast my ballot, and all that shows I did was a red checkmark on the way in and a pencil grey one on the way out.

I didn't even get a sticker.
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: November 2nd, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Same with me and silvara77. No IDs, no stickers.

I did resist the urge to whisper, "Psst, what's the answer to number seven?" to her though...
etherial From: etherial Date: November 2nd, 2004 04:12 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

re: ID checks

See, the thing is, they can't require ID in all circumstances. They can't require ID in general, and therefore they can't assume that everyone has ID.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: November 2nd, 2004 04:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
There are people who claim that checking IDs "frightens away" "easily disenfrancised voters" (cough) read "the D parties dependence on and yet paternal inclinations towards Black Americans" here (cough), and so checking IDs "violates civil rights".
pdelahanty From: pdelahanty Date: November 2nd, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
...and when they scan for your name, the book is open right in front of you. I could easily have looked at other names on my street that hadn't been checked off and had friends go in to pretend to be them. ...and then we could have gone on to another precinct and I could pretend to be one of their neighbors.

This should amuse you... I voted in Newton, MA and my roommate voted in Watertown. Both cities claim our place as being in their city...so we get to choose which city to vote in. (Technically, we're in Newton. Our address is Watertown. The town line is about 20 feet away and you have to drive through Watertown to get here.)
purly From: purly Date: November 2nd, 2004 06:05 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I got my ID checked.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: November 2nd, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Used to be the local place didn't check ID but if you voted at the Registrar of Voters office (to vote early) they would. But this time, no checks. Hundreds of people, no ID checks.

I suppose it's nice that they don't try to make voting inconvenient and all, but anyone who has lived in Chicago during an election knows that it's very easy to defraud the system.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: November 2nd, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The Chicago Method: "Vote Early, Vote Often."