I cast my ballot in California, and nobody checked my identity.

By: rogaga



 

On the off chance that I need to purchase something on Amazon or eBay, I'm required to prove I am who I say I am. I will be asked for my login information which includes a username and password. My login information is not publicly available because I don't need any of you to go on a shopping spree while utilizing my credit card.

 

On the off chance that I need to post something on Twitter, I will again need to go through the motions. It will approach me for a username, a password, and afterward it will utilize Login Versification to make sure that I am in physical possession of the device that I have connected to my Twitter account.

That implies that on the off chance that my password becomes publicly available, the odds of somebody hijacking my Twitter account stay little. You won't have the capacity to tweet that I am a fan of Justin Beiber or that I joined the circus.

 

Be that as it may,  on the off chance that I need to cast a ballot in an election, I needn't bother with any documents. I don’t need to have my passport, my driver license or my schoo ID.

All I have to do is show up to my local polling station, tell them my name and address (both publicly available and easy to find out... mail spammers seem to obtain it with very little effort... just saying), and… well, that’s enough. Shoving my ID in their face made everyone back away and I was immediately asked to put it away.

They checked my name off their list, gave me a brand new ballot (because I told them that I lost mine) and welcomed me into this little booth where I was to mark my least disliked candidate, and afterward possibly regret my choice for the following 2 years until we get to go through this whole process again.

 

I don't know what occurs on the off chance that I turn up and they check their little rundown and say “Oh, we’ve already had a "Jane Smith" from 1234 Sunnyvale St in today. You must be an impostor.”

 

Do they endeavor to work out who the phony "Jane Smith" voted in favor of? Do they give me two votes to compensate for the fake voter?

 

Wouldn’t it be better if there was at least some token effort made to verify people’s identity before they make a decision which could determine which political party gets to reign for the next term?

 

I understand that people don’t want anyone to know who they have voted for, but an identity check at polling booths wouldn’t allow that. Critics of voter ID laws say that the threat of voter fraud is wildly exaggerated and that such requirements disenfranchise certain communities, such as minorities, the poor, and senior citizens. Please explain to me HOW?!

 

Look, If one must have an ID to drive, buy alcohol, open a bank account, return merchandise in certain stores and even to check out a book from a public library... requiring it to vote is reasonable.

 

I know for a fact that certain friends of mine did not vote in this election. I also know their full names and addresses. What is to stop me from going to their polling station and voting instead of them? The polling place would have no idea because they did not check my ID and my friends would never find out because they're not voting in the election in question.

 

Several past elections – for the presidency and other offices – have been extremely close. Accordingly, ballots cast by noncitizen or impostor voters have the potential to improperly alter the outcome of elections. Consider how close some of these elections were. Could the outcome have been affected by these voters?

The answer is yes.

 

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