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Requiring Voters To Have Photo ID Would Exclude Disabled?

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by Treadmarkz

In my local paper today, I read an editorial on the debate over requiring voters to have a photo ID. It claims that 10% of eligible voters with disabilities, (27,000 people in Minnesota where I live) would not have photo ID and would therefore be excluded from the electoral process.
Okay, my first questions is why is this? Though I do not myself have a driver’s license so I have no right to question this, I do know that it is not too expensive to get a photo ID which can be used for every occasion except for operating a motor vehicle. I understand the economic problems disabled people face in the competitive work force, but if 10% of disabled adults in this state cannot afford to get this ID card, a one-time expense, then this state, this country really, has more problems than I thought.
If this is the case, then let me propose a solution, and then we can debate why it is not plausible so we can make sure nothing ever gets done about it. My solution is we reissue Social Security cards to all adults, but make it a photo ID rather than the flimsy proto-cardboard they’ve been using since the time of Plymouth Rock! Every legal citizen has one. In switching over from the old to the new version, we might just be able to weed out some of the illegally held Social Security numbers in the U.S. as well.
Tell me where I’m wrong.

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  1. The voter fraud is only .002% !! Send a copy of this blog to the PB with the number I provide here. I am not for the social security card as your ID since there is enough theft without having to show the card already! We will only encourage more white collar crimes.

    bhatpai

    March 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    • My problem with that argument is that people are already stealing SS Cards so I don’t know that this would make a difference.

      treadmarkz

      March 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM

  2. at least with the photo on the SS card, nobody would be able to use it if it was not their picture on it.

    treadmarkz

    March 4, 2012 at 1:44 AM

  3. why can’t those without photo ID just vote absentee? This really shouldn’t be so difficult.

    Vince Tate

    March 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM


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