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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

New York Times Agrees With Rep. Conyers About Voter ID "Poll Tax"

Tuesday, September 20, 2005; Page A22

The report released yesterday by a commission on federal election reform, headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James A. Baker III, contains a number of valuable proposals. But adopting one of the commission's recommendations -- that voters be required to present a government-issued voter ID at the polls -- would, on balance, do more harm than good.......

The advent of computerized voting systems has provoked anxiety about whether such machines are secure from fraud or malfunction; the commission -- again sensibly, and in contrast to the position of Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. -- endorsed the need for machines capable of delivering a voter-verifiable paper trail....

To its credit, the commission urges states to ensure that such IDs are "easily available and issued free of charge." But for those who don't already have identification, the hurdle of assembling the necessary documentation and obtaining the cards could prove a deterrent to voting.
On the other side of the balance is the risk of elections tainted by fraud or the perception of fraud. The commission found that "there is no evidence of extensive fraud in U.S. elections or of multiple voting, but both occur, and it could affect the outcome of a close election." That's true -- but so could turning away otherwise eligible voters......

Allowing voters to show alternative forms of identification or to sign a sworn affidavit of eligibility could go a significant way toward deterring fraud without imposing the burden of an inflexible photo ID requirement.....


Denying Access to the Ballot Published: September 20, 2005I

It has been clear since 2000 that the election system is in serious need of reform. But the commission led by James Baker III and former President Jimmy Carter has come up with a plan that is worse than no reform at all. Its good ideas are outweighed by one very bad idea: a voter identification requirement that would prevent large numbers of poor, black and elderly people from voting......

But the bombshell recommendation is for the states to require voters to have drivers' licenses or a government-issued photo ID. That would not be a great burden for people who have drivers' licenses, but it would be for those who don't, and they are disproportionately poor, elderly or members of minorities. These voters would have to get special photo ID's and keep them updated. If they didn't have the ID's, their right to vote would be taken away.....

The disappointing report made public yesterday was not a complete surprise. There have been red flags waving around the commission for some time; Mr. Baker is remembered by many for his fierce fight to stop the counting of votes in Florida in 2000. .......

Obstruction of Justice Department "Privacy Act" Protects Chertoff and Torture ?

So, let me see if I have this right, they want to mandate a national id for WE THE PEOPLE but they're not willing to give up documents on Bush, Cheney, Rove, Libby, Bolton, Rumsfeld, Rice, Negroponte, Chertoff, Sensenbrenner, Delay, Hassert, Roberts, Myers, etc. etc. etc. ?

...Good job Senator Levin (D-MI)!!!!!

Nevertheless, there are two resoultions filed in Congress, S.CON.RES.53 & H.CON.RES.247:
S.CON.RES.53Title: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that any effort to impose photo identification requirements for voting should be rejected.Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack (introduced 9/20/2005) Cosponsors (19)Latest Major Action: 9/20/2005 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration. COSPONSORS(19), ALPHABETICAL : (Sort: by date)

Sen Akaka, Daniel K. - 9/20/2005
Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham - 9/20/2005
Sen Corzine, Jon S. - 9/20/2005
Sen Dayton, Mark - 9/20/2005
Sen Dodd, Christopher J. - 9/20/2005
Sen Dorgan, Byron L. - 9/20/2005
Sen Durbin, Richard - 9/20/2005
Sen Feingold, Russell D. - 9/20/2005
Sen Harkin, Tom - 9/20/2005
Sen Kennedy, Edward M. - 9/20/2005
Sen Kerry, John F. - 9/20/2005
Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. - 9/20/2005
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. - 9/20/2005
Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. - 9/20/2005
Sen Pryor, Mark L. - 9/20/2005
Sen Reid, Harry - 9/20/2005S
en Salazar, Ken - 9/20/2005
Sen Stabenow, Debbie - 9/20/2005
Sen Wyden, Ron - 9/20/2005

H.CON.RES.247 Title: Expressing the sense of Congress that a requirement that United States citizens obtain photo identification cards before being able to vote has not been shown to ensure ballot integrity and places an undue burden on the legitimate voting rights of citizens.Sponsor: Rep Lewis, John (introduced 9/20/2005) Cosponsors (19)Latest Major Action: 9/20/2005 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

COSPONSORS(19), ALPHABETICAL : (Sort: by date)
Rep Brown, Sherrod - 9/20/2005
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. - 9/20/2005
Rep Doggett, Lloyd - 9/20/2005
Rep Emanuel, Rahm - 9/20/2005
Rep Fattah, Chaka - 9/20/2005
Rep Filner, Bob - 9/20/2005
Rep Green, Gene - 9/20/2005
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. - 9/20/2005
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. - 9/20/2005
Rep Honda, Michael M. - 9/20/2005
Rep Hoyer, Steny H. - 9/20/2005
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. - 9/20/2005
Rep McDermott, Jim - 9/20/2005
Rep McGovern, James P. - 9/20/2005
Rep Neal, Richard E. - 9/20/2005
Rep Payne, Donald M. - 9/20/2005
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. - 9/20/2005
Rep Serrano, Jose E. - 9/20/2005
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete - 9/20/2005


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