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Monday
May052008

They Never ID'ed Us At the Campus Bars, But If You're a 98 Year-Old Nun Trying to Vote, You're Screwed

Well done, alma mater.

Well done.

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Ok, explain this to me, my american friends. In order for you guys to vote, you need to present an ID with a photograph? and that's it??

In Mexico you need to have a voting card, to ensue —in theory— the fairness and validity of the election. If you don't have one, you don't get to play with the nice crayons at the polls.

May 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

It all depends on the state. In most, you have to register before a certain deadline before the election. Some states allow same-day registration. But almost all require a photo ID in order to vote after registration.

Or, if you live in Chicago, just present your own obituary.

May 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Wow. Adding to that the different methods of voting you have (electronic, standard ballots, mailed votes) and I can see why you're the most complex democracy in the world.

Of course, it all comes toned down for the fact that there are only 2 parties to choose from. Imagine a system when there are supposedly 3 major parties, but surrounded by 4-5 more mini parties, and you can begin to understand the nightmare we live in! The best way to become rich in America: invent your own religion; the best way to become rich in Mexico: create your own political party.

Ok, enough rambling about trivial politics, let's all get back to someting really important: food touching :-)

May 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

And then there's small town America... where you don't even need an ID to vote!! Just walk in and give them a name (any name will do... as long as it's on THE LIST), and sign that name on the form and you're good to go! They do have it divided by party. Heaven forbid you try the pull the wool over their eyes and pick the wrong party, but if you pretend to be another person, well, that's apparently okay!

May 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

Ok, explain this to me, my american friends. In order for you guys to vote, you need to present an ID with a photograph? and that’s it??

Not in all states, RPJ. And there are *many* who oppose *any* sort of ID qualification for voting. The SCOTUS recently ruled the Indiana law (and it's one of the tougher in the nations) is Constitutional. I don't know about other cities, but there was extensive voter fraud in Milwaukee back in 2004. Wisconsin will *never* have any sort of regulation on voting so long as we have our current governor and legislature.

That's like Pick N Save. I could pretty much walk into any bar in Milwaukee and get a drink. I want to buy a bottle of wine from P & S...I have to show an ID. As would my 80-year-old grandmother.

May 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy P.

in my small town I couldn't pretend to be someone else...well, I could but they would know I was pretending. I usually don't have to give them a name, either, except whenever someone new to town is working the polls and then only if the other pollworkers are busy and don't call out a "hi" to me when I enter.

I do find something so beautiful in how earnestly we are trying to get this system right, as a country. Laughable and beautiful at the same time.

May 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteraazmom
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