September 10, 2008

Is Florida "disenfranchising" voters again??

Oh gosh:

State elections officials will resume enforcement of a controversial state law that requires Floridians to have their identification match up with a state or federal database in order to register to vote.

Secretary of State Kurt Browning sent notice to the state's 67 supervisors of elections on Friday that the 2006 law, which has been on hold for the last year pending court rulings, would take effect again Sept. 8.

The result is that voters whose identification doesn't match with state files on Election Day will be given a provisional ballot and two days to prove their identity for their ballot to count.

The "usual suspects" aren't happy, of course. Hmm. Maybe they can ask the Democrats to design another "butterfly ballot" for them. That'll work ... right??

Posted by Hube at September 10, 2008 05:14 PM | TrackBack

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So, if you went to vote and your ID didn't match up with a "federal" database which has nothing to do with state elections, you'd be fine with that? This seems to go against basic Republican ideals. Just saying.

Posted by: DPN at September 10, 2008 05:34 PM

Federal OR state database, nemski. And how does it go against "basic Republican ideals," pray tell? By ensuring a fair -- and secure -- voting process as much as possible?

Posted by: Hube at September 10, 2008 05:38 PM

DPN makes a valid point.

It is amazing to me that here we are, eight years later, and we still have election apparati with no auditable trail, like a paper trail or an electronic equivalent, not to mention this problem here about what constitutes proper ID in order to exercise our right to vote.

Election standards for federal elections should be uniform and applied across all states, as I called for eight years ago.

It looks like we are going to have the same problems all over again. Entrenched special interests like it this way, as they continue to have the potential to throw close elections their way, further corrupting the exercise of democratic principles that we try to spread to other nations.

Posted by: Perry Hood at September 11, 2008 10:59 AM

Of course, Perry, DPN (nemski) didn't ADDRESS paper trails at all, so your first sentence is moot.

Paper trail voting has little to do with ensuring only registered voters an actually vote. I've advocated paper trail voting for years, too. That's why I have the logo (and link) to at the bottom right of Colossus.

Posted by: Hube at September 11, 2008 11:07 AM

their identification match up with a state or federal database in order to register to vote.

TO REGISTER! not to be screened on election day.

in Delaware, we show id at the polls to vote. I hand my liscense over to a little old lady who greets me by name as I walk through the door, asks how my mother is doing and then asks for my ID.

Posted by: anoni at September 14, 2008 01:07 PM

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