published Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Millions of registration errors show need for photo ID at polls

As debate rages on Tennessee's voter ID law, the Pew Center on the States has found that 24 million voter registrations in the United States have serious errors. All told, one in eight registrations is flawed in some way, including almost 2 million dead people who are still on voter rolls.

Inaccurate registrations -- especially among the dead -- can be fertile soil for fraudulent voters to claim a different person's identity and vote in that person's name. We can prevent that with a simple requirement of valid photo ID at the ballot box -- as Tennessee law now provides.

That's a requirement worth preserving.

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mountainlaurel said...

TFP commentary said: “Inaccurate registrations -- especially among the dead -- can be fertile soil for fraudulent voters to claim a different person's identity and vote in that person's name. We can prevent that with a simple requirement of valid photo ID at the ballot box -- as Tennessee law now provides.

Indeed, if inaccurate registrations among the dead has been such a big concern among Tennessee's politicians, one wonders why Tennessee’s Secretary of State has never taken any steps to coordinate death records with the State of Tennessee’s Office of Vital Records which reviews, registers, amends, issues and maintains the original certificates of births, deaths, marriages and divorces that occur in Tennessee in accordance with Tennessee Code.

February 15, 2012 at 7:11 a.m.
conservative said...

Hmm, early voting starts today, that means horror stories by liberals of people not allowed to vote due to lack of valid photo ID. Of course it will be due to the attempted voter NOT following the LAW. Count on it.

February 15, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Conservative said: "Hmm, early voting starts today, that means horror stories by liberals of people not allowed to vote due to lack of valid photo ID. Of course it will be due to the attempted voter NOT following the LAW. Count on it."

What a mean and spiteful spirit you have toward our elderly, disabled, college-age, and economically disadvantaged citizenry. . . May God forgive you, Conservative.

February 15, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.
conservative said...

Well good morning to you and back at you!

February 15, 2012 at 10:51 a.m.
chet123 said...

CONSEVATIVE....WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS GET YOUR OWN REPUBLICAN PARTY STRAIGHT....BECAUSE THEY(ROMNEY PEOPLE) TRYING TO STEAL THE PRIMARY FROM SANTORUM....BY WAY OF LOSING BALLOT BOXES......CLEAN YOUR OWN HOUSE FIRST ......

EVERYBODY KNOW THIS PHOTO ID URGENCY IS MAN-MADE BY THE REPUBLICANS....OUR JAILS ARE FULL WITH PRISONERS....A PORTION OF PRISONER SHOULD BE RELEASHED OUT OF JAIL....AND THE SAME JAILS SHOULD BE REPLENISH WITH REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN....THEY ARE THE REAL CROOKS HA HA HA!!

February 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

Maybe we should dress up like the New Black Panthers, billy clubs and all and stand in front of voting centers menacing voters. They couldn't possibly charge us with anything. It has already been well established that such behavior doesn't qualify as voter intimidation.

I am glad chet123 is speaking for "everybody". Too bad it seems facts are alluding the "everybody" he has been polling.

February 15, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.
Haiku said...

Actually, this editorial piece is flawed. It implies that just because there are dead who are still registered as live voters, that alone somehow suggest someone is voting using the dead individual's name. What the writer doesn't say is how many of those dead voters have actually cast a vote since their demise? It shouldn't be all that difficult to random pull a few of those dead voters names, compare their date of death to the last time they actually cast a vote.

February 15, 2012 at 7:55 p.m.
Haiku said...

FlyingPurpleSheepleEater said... Maybe we should dress up like the New Black Panthers, billy clubs and all and stand in front of voting centers menacing voters

Here's an even better suggestion, FPE. You could dress up like Florida troopers, stop citizens and turn them around or arrest them on the way to the polls. Isn't that's what is said to have taken place to get Bush relected to office while bro' jebediah was governor? ;?

February 15, 2012 at 7:58 p.m.
conservative said...

Haiku--

It is your analysis that is "flawed" in that the writer uses the words "can be fertile soil for fraudulent voters" in regards to dead people still on the voter rolls. The "can be" speaks of the future not the past. Furthermore, the writer speaks of "prevention" in the future by requiring a photo ID, which was not available in past elections.

You certify yourself as a loon when you promote that absurd notion of Florida State Troopers arresting and preventing people from getting to the polls. Did they ask those people who they intended to vote for? Did they bribe the Lieberal mess media from reporting it? How come there were no arrests? Why no trials? Why no jail time? Why were no troopers fired? Had enough?

This was fiction, what FlyingPurpleSheepleEater wrote really happened.

February 15, 2012 at 9:01 p.m.
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