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Truck, meet loophole

The idea is to increase security around the act of ballot casting – ensuring that only actual Idahoans who are legally qualified to vote actually do so. (The political point here doubtless has to do with the unlikely prospect of votes by people in the country illegally, but it would apply to anyone who legally can’t vote.)

The plan, in the bill by Idaho state Representative Mike Moyle, R-Star, introduced today, is that when people show up at the voting place, they have to show a valid picture ID before they get their ballot. On its face, that sounds reasonable enough, provided voters get ample warning of the requirement before they travel to vote.

The catch is . . . well, there are several. What about people who vote absentee, or by mail – military personnel, or Idahoans spending time in another country? Or what about elderly people, or others, who don’t have a drivers license or other picture ID? In such cases, apparently, the prospective voters would just have to sign a form saying they are who they say they are.

Considering that there seems to be no great problem of fraudulent voting in Idaho (or in most other states, either), the whole idea comes down to blocking what might be a handful of instances. Would those really be stopped by the high hurdle of having to sign an affidavit? A fence, after all, is only as strong as its weakest links . . .

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  1. fortboise said:

    Should this go through, I will be happy to sign an affidavit as a perfectly useless formality after refusing on principle to show my D.L.

    We sign the roll as it is, which practically has the same power as an affidavit, eh? So, more wasted paper, that’s all.

    February 9, 2010

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