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Voting Procedural Nonsense

November 1st, 2008

In Michigan, as I presume in many States, you can vote without a photo ID. According to Michigan.gov,

If you do not have photo ID, you can still cast a ballot simply by signing an affidavit. The affidavit can be used by:

  • Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID
  • Voters who have photo ID but didn’t bring it to the polls

Once you sign the affidavit, you may cast your ballot. It will be counted with all other ballots on Election Day.

Now, that’s pretty strange, isn’t it? You need to present a piece of identification, preferably with a photo, in order to establish your youness, that is to say, in order to establish that you are in fact the person you’re claiming to be. But, if you forgot your ID, or if you just happened to want to take someone else’s vote, there’s really nothing stopping you.

All you’d need to do is fraudulently sign an affidavit proclaiming to be someone else. What could anyone do about it?

If I have time, I am going to the polls on Tuesday, but I’m not voting for anybody. I’m considering casting a ballot with “nobody” written-in for President.

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  • 1955 Design says on: November 1, 2008 at 6:04 pm

     

    It’s only been a year or two, I think, since anyone had to present any ID at the polls whatsoever. Historically, all anyone had to do was sign there name as “Joe Blow” and cast Joe’s vote for him.

    I suppose they still do a signature comparison, which may be of some value, but certainly there seems to be plenty of room for voter fraud in the system.

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