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TELL US: Should Massachusetts Pass a Voter ID Bill?

Let us know your thoughts on presenting government-issued ID when voting for the general election in 2012.

Voters in southern Massachusetts will vote on a non-binding ballot question this fall on a hotly debated topic: Whether a government issued ID should be shown before someone is allowed to vote.

 recently in establishing the ballot question in some of Bristol County's districts. The initiative will be on the district ballots in the first, fourth and sixth Bristol districts as a non-binding vote to show support for voter identification. Support for such a requirement, Kozlowski said, is designed to help minimize voter fraud.

Kozlowski worked with Peter Sacks at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to work on the language of the bill. The ultimate approval, even after possible support, would be up to the Attorney General. And the ballot question will essentially put out feelers for support of the bill.

Last year, several supporters tried to get a full state proposition on the ballot for this November, but the Attorney General's Office rejected the bid to require government ID for voting in Massachusetts, saying the cost of procuring a legal photo identification disenfranchises many voters.

What do you think? Should Massachusetts require voters to present ID when at the polls? Will this prevent voter fraud, or does it disenfranchise some law abiding citizes?

Aron Levy February 21, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Oh, I know Tom. I got a notification that Fathead had replied in such a timely manner, and I felt the need to put him right. Be well!
Patricia February 21, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Ha! love it...
Mike Mitchell February 24, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Just the fact that democrats do not want voter ID is reason enough to demand it. Examples of rampant fraud are numerous and the valid reasons democrats give for their objection to stopping it are laughably vacuous.
Ken A February 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Who wouldn't want a voter ID system in place and why? Makes no sense at all to not want to allow any fraud unless that's wanted.
Diana February 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM
The nice people who wrote the 24th Amendment.
Mike Mitchell February 25, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Everyone who wants voter ID explains over and over ad nauseum to people like you Diana that anyone who needs a valid photo ID can have one for FREE when they register to vote - NO COST, NO TAX! You can't get around that so you just ignore it sounding like a parrot, 24th! 24th! Unless you actually want our elections to be rigged like some banana dictatorship, if you have some other solution in lieu of a photo ID then don't be shy - let's hear it
John Intorcio February 25, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Show me your papers!
Wind Dummy 25 February 25, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Was there was no better proof of voter fraud than than last elections foolishness?
Diana February 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Is that something that's currently true Mike, or something you imagine will be instituted in the wake of voter ID laws? I'm unaware of any existing program that provides free IDs, but I'm willing to be convinced. In the meantime, on the (admittedly hardly ever, because I have things to do) occasions I worry about voter fraud, I worry more about who's counting the votes.
Dave Miskinis February 26, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Are all the Catholics in hiding today?
Ron Powell February 26, 2013 at 01:37 AM
The Pennsylvania voter ID law, for example, provides free voter IDs. Here is a link that took me about 1.7 seconds to Google. http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/voter/voteridlaw.shtml Wow. That was such hard work. It may take me upwards of 30-40 seconds to confirm that every state that has passed a voter id law makes a provision to provide voter identification for free. But who has that time?
John February 26, 2013 at 02:21 AM
the only voter fraud we have seen documented, so far, is republicans, trying to fabricate instances of voter fraud. maybe we should require all republican to submit ID, since they are the only ones commiting these crimes.
John February 26, 2013 at 02:25 AM
yes but who has more than a few seconds to comply with a law that is going to fix a problem that doesn't exist. oh that's right, republicans, that sit around all day, whining,on the internet, while real patriotic americans are out there, working hard to EARN a living.
John February 26, 2013 at 02:30 AM
just the fact that the "smaller government" republicans are screaming for "MORE GOVERNMENT" to fix a problem that DOESN'T exist, is reason enough for reasonable, patriotic, real Americans, to ignore the tinfoil hat wearing, voter fraud creating, treasonistic, right wing criminals.
John February 26, 2013 at 02:32 AM
why should we spend tax payer money to "fix" a problem that doesn't exist, except for in the minds of a few tinfoil hat wearing nutjobs?
Ron Powell February 26, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Kind of disappointing, Jon because this was just in the news. Like last week. Like, holy short term memory loss, Batman. http://washingtonexaminer.com/democratic-voter-fraud-cases-become-ammo-for-virginia-gop/article/2521744
Ron Powell February 26, 2013 at 06:16 AM
8th Democrats charged with voter fraud in New York. http://www.truethevote.org/news/eighth-democrat-named-in-new-york-vote-fraud-probe
Ron Powell February 26, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Democrat admits he's voted four times already. http://nation.foxnews.com/voter-fraud/2012/11/05/democrat-admits-hes-voted-four-times-already
Ron Powell February 26, 2013 at 06:19 AM
One out of every five voters in Ohio actually ineligible to vote. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/16/voter-rolls-in-ohio-are-bloated-experts-say.html
Ron Powell February 26, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Democrats behaving badly. https://www.theprojectveritas.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=127&custom_10=vforganic&custom_11=vforganic
Ron Powell February 26, 2013 at 04:03 PM
That's not to single out Democrats. I could post examples of Republicans behaving badly, too. Democrats tend to add voters who don't exist; Republicans tend to disenfranchise voters who do. Either way, real voters are getting disenfranchised. Let's not live under the illusion that just because you belong to one political party that you cease being human. Humans are guided by convictions and influenced by emotions. Some people who feel very strongly about a candidate or an issue will justify stacking the deck to help a certain candidate or party to win.
Kevin N February 26, 2013 at 06:26 PM
They should also require ID's to get into a bar. That way we would never again have anyone under 21 in a bar.
Wind Dummy 25 February 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Military Absentee Ballots Delivered One Day Late, Would Have Swung Election For Romney... This argument is weak... I've experienced this many times and Never received an explanation or an answer. Every time I voted absentee none of my deployed votes ever made it...This last one took the prize, and probably the most egregious and disgusting of them all. I have not been served. Then lied to, insulted and then ignored. I have a feeling this military mess is not the only example of major MAJOR election fraud. The voters have been miss served. This surpasses corruption. If your getting a smirk on your face when you read this you are the problem. If it pisses you off good. Support the ID at the ballot. If a simple act like showing an ID we already have, that can be produced on request for proof who you are, and will help solve this BS, then do it. Read more: http://www.duffelblog.com/2012/11/military-absentee-ballots-delivered-one-day-late-would-have-swung-election-for-romney/#ixzz2M2p4hhB0 Follow us: @theduffelblog on Twitter | duffelblog on Facebook
Gene Pinkham February 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Jon, I guess you missed the Stat Smith Voter Fraud case.
Ron Powell February 27, 2013 at 12:58 AM
More Democrats committing voter fraud http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012308160222
Ron Powell February 27, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Jon, what happened to you? I haven't heard from you since I posted the examples of Democratic voter fraud, which you claimed didn't exist. Worried about you, bro.
fatty arbuckle February 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Moron Levy " put me right" i don't think so!
John Intorcio February 27, 2013 at 04:54 PM
It's a joke, Dummy! http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/absentee.asp
Wind Dummy 25 February 27, 2013 at 06:32 PM
No kidding John?!... It did make light of a tough issue. Seems like the only way truths can get out. Got you looking which is what it was intended to do. UPDATE: Duffel Blog link removed - satire. But read the rest. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/11/more-voter-fraud-military-absentee-ballots-not-counted.html Military votes have been confounded, many just dumped, delayed, ignored, uncounted, and the rest ultimately returned to sender for BS reason. Ask anyone affected like me and people I know. While it is true the site is satire, and funny by the way, it exaggerated and probably wouldn't have swung the election either way. But the fraud was real. Combined with the other frauds it is significant. Do the extra research. You'll be appalled.
Jeremy February 27, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Why would someone be against this?

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