Another Reason for Photo ID
Unbelievable...dead people voting in Michigan...it's clear we've got a problem, we have the technology, we have the resources...now we just need the will to do what is necessary to insure fair and honest elections...and we could make the process faster.
We have had various versions of what is referred to as "photo id" tossed back and forth in Michigan over the years. For nearly a decade we have had a law in Michigan requiring voters to show a state-issued photo ID. Problem is, that law was "set aside" by a highly suspect and partisan ruling from a Democrat attorney general back in 1997. Using drivers licenses or state issued id's as voter cards makes perfect sense, and disenfranchises no one. It's the best and easiest way to insure "real, live people" vote. The only ones with reason to complain are the ones who have something to hide.
After the last Detroit's Mayors election, former Mayor Dennis Archer and candidate Freeman Hendrix joined the call for photo id's to help with the system. A national commission headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James Baker III have called for nationwide adoption of use of photo ID.
The overwhelming majority of folks have a drivers license, seniors get "free" state paid for id's, others could for about $5.00 cost get a state id....and the state could provide them at no cost to the citizens. This would insure no one is "disenfranchised" in anyway. There are federal funds that might even be available to help implement such a system.
As an added benefit, SOS Terri Lynn Land has suggested legislation to enact "electronic poll books" which would speed up the process at the polls. Some variation of photo id's with electronic strips on the back could be used right now...i.e. our drivers license.
Please read this front page Detroit News article:
Is anyone surprised that dead people are voting in Detroit? Me neither.