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Posted: 11/2/2004 2:02:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2004 2:56:24 PM EST by Blue_Monkey]
It seems to me that you should have to verify someone's identity before they are allowed to vote. Here in MA I was asked to produce none today, just stated my name and street address, which was then checked off a list. No signature or anything! I got to thinking, If someone walked in and stated they were me, they could vote in my place! I posed that question to the election officials (none of which were that knowledgeable or helpful) there and they stated "well, in theory someone could do that, but we hope people are honest" and "talk to the State Secretary (William Galvin)." What if a group of people obtained a list of recently deceased registered voters and voted as them?

I know everybody is trying to make voting as quick and easy as possible, but how hard is it to compare a picture ID to a name on a voting list?

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[Last Edit: 11/2/2004 2:05:07 PM EST by Katana16j]
Nope, just the signature.

Although I had to show ID last time.
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Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:06:12 PM EST
No, but I usually take my sample ballot and show them my name & address.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:06:17 PM EST
Yea I did here
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:06:23 PM EST

I actually had my voter regsitration card out and ready, but the poll worker refused to look at it.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:06:54 PM EST
Yes and a signature
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:08:18 PM EST
Yes, I used my concealed firearms license.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:08:30 PM EST
No, but I was in uniform
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:08:46 PM EST
no, but, like aimless, they wanted to see me sign next to the copy of my signature from my registration
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:09:35 PM EST
Showed DL and CCW
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Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:12:01 PM EST
Showed DL and a signature. Wife voted the same as me. Republican all down the line with also voting to ban gay marriage in AR.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:12:03 PM EST
No, and I didn't even give my name. My wife voted before me and I pointed at my name and said "That's me" and she just said sign here and that was it.
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I did an absentee ballot, so all they have is my signature...
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:21:16 PM EST
No, just stated my name. Had my Passport ready to show.

Voted the straight Republican ticket.

I am a broken glass Republican now :) I am grateful for the priviledge of voting.

Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:22:46 PM EST
Not me.

Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:24:57 PM EST
We get a post card that they want you to sign and bring. You don't have too\ though. I comply to make things go smoother.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:26:15 PM EST
did not have to show ID. small town everybody knows everybody
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:27:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2004 2:28:02 PM EST by California_Kid]
No, but the guy in line behind me got asked for ID. The only thing the poll dude checked on me was to see if my socks matched.

I'm not making this up.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:28:51 PM EST
Yes, eventhough two of the folks at the table recognized me.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:32:08 PM EST
No. In fact when I gave my name, the woman who had the book said "oh yes, you moved into the area in 1977". It amazes me the memory these people have. I have voted in every election since I turned 18 in 1980 so they get to know the core families.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:33:34 PM EST
No ID requested. Asked last name, they gave me my first. Sign the sheet, no sig check.
Also, no line to vote!
In and out in 10.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:35:18 PM EST
Yes I did. Not that it really mattered at all....because they allowed some jackass with the same first, middle initial, and last name to sign off in my place.

I raised hell...and was still allowed to vote.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:35:28 PM EST
What? Show ID? That would disenfranchise voters.

Hell, everyone knows minorities don't have ID's!

Oh, and I had to show ID, but apprently a voter registration card is all that is needed (I only had my DL on me)
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Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:43:07 PM EST
not in charlotte
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:46:21 PM EST
In Pennsylvania, you only need to produce ID if you are a newly registered voter or you haven't voted at that polling place before.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:53:34 PM EST
No, but then everyone of the workers new me. I state my name outloud, they find it in the book then I sign my name.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:54:33 PM EST
No photo ID, but a signature on a card and an addy.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:57:02 PM EST
absolutely no photo ID, no registration card, no signature check. I was pretty shocked
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 2:57:48 PM EST
I live in the small (<3000) town where I grew up . I have lived here all my life except when at school . Poll worker was a regular sub teacher when I was in elementary and middle schools (I am 50). I didn't even have to tell her what road I live on,only what house number . I still had to show ID although I can't immagine what they were looking at it for. Oh well
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 3:00:41 PM EST
Not in Goldsboro, NC.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 4:11:42 PM EST
Photo ID is required but since my wife is an Poll Judge (Republican) I got away with a kiss instead.
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Link Posted: 11/2/2004 4:17:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By Fred-in-PA:
In Pennsylvania, you only need to produce ID if you are a newly registered voter or you haven't voted at that polling place before.

Me and my girl friend both are new voters in our area, she was previosly registered in Ohio and me in a different voting district. The lady doing the checking never asked her for ID and when I asked if she needed to see ID was told, "Oh, I see you have it, thats good." Never even checked it.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 4:24:24 PM EST
I didn't have to, but I showed it anyway. I do think it would be the right thing to do (require you to bring your card and id), because if you knew your neighbor was going to be out of town, knew they didn't do the absentee ballot thing, and had a copy of their signature, you could theoretically have a friend vote in your neighbor's place, as long as the people at the polling place didn't know who you neighbor was.
Link Posted: 11/2/2004 4:26:41 PM EST

ID was checked and in and outta there in 10 minutes

Link Posted: 11/2/2004 4:27:22 PM EST
Seems like bullshit to me and I mentioned it to the pollster folks, but no: no ID asked for.
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