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Re: Voters with no photo ID

As the debate over a voter ID law begins, the Winston-Salem Journal reports on a state Board of Elections study showing that 9 percent of N.C. voters may not have a North Carolina driver’s license or state-issued photo identification.

That figure is 11 percent in Forsyth County. Give the Journal credit —it probes the numbers:

State officials acknowledge their study is not ironclad. For instance, researchers think at least part of the reason female voters appear in the list more often is because women often change their last names when they get married. That can create a discrepancy between DMV and election records if one or the other didn’t get changed.

That accounts for Lena Gough’s name on the list of Forsyth voters without driver’s licenses: Gough said her driver’s license still has her maiden name of Pendergrass because she hasn’t gotten around to changing it.

“I have not gotten my driver’s license changed over,” she said.

Seems to me those circumstances would further lower the percentage. For what it’s worth, Forsyth Board of Elections Director Rob Coffman says he’s a “fence-sitter” on voter ID because he doesn’t “have any evidence of widespread fraud involving the identification of voters.”

5 Responses to “Re: Voters with no photo ID”

  • Jan
    14
    2013

    Perhaps if Ms. Gough had complied with the law she wouldn’t have this problem.

    NC General Statute § 20‑7.1. Notice of change of address or name.
    (b) Name. – A person whose name changes from the name stated on a drivers license must notify the Division of the change within 60 days after the change occurs and obtain a duplicate drivers license stating the new name.

  • Jan
    14
    2013

    “Seems to me those circumstances would further lower the percentage. ”

    Perhaps, but wouldn’t lessen the people disenfranchised from voting as people like Gaugh would be denied a ballot because her ID doesn’t match her voter registration even though she’s legally registered to vote. So, you have to include voters like that in the analysis and your attempt to discredit some portion of the number is invalid.

  • Jan
    14
    2013

    Voters are not “disenfranchised”; they choose not to meet the requirements.
    Voting is an opportunity, not a right; and as such is subject to regulation.

  • Jan
    14
    2013

    The Treasury will discontinue mailing paper checks for Social Security and other Federal benefit payments after March 1, 2013. Future payments will be either by Debit card (with fees) or direct-deposited to the receipent’s bank account.
    But the Feds have for some time required banks to obtain a Social Security number to open a bank account. The bank has to verify the customer’s identity by reviewing a Driver’s License, a Passport or a limited number of other “approved” documents.
    So if the Feds says requiring a photo-id for voters is discriminatory, what is this about?

  • Jan
    14
    2013

    Yes, like poll taxes and literacy tests, right boss man?

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