Why is voter registration so hard?

  • Article by: Victoria Bassetti , Special to the Washington Post
  • Updated: September 24, 2012 - 7:13 PM

Americans have been registering to vote since the late 19th century and don't see it as incompatible with democracy.

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pumiceSep. 24, 12 9:39 PM

"Why is voter registration so hard?" Why, indeed... Voting is a primary civic responsibility of citizens in a representative democracy. For those who proudly proclaim America's exceptionalism, low-information voters and voter apathy as reflected in our low turn-out rate are reasons to be embarrassed.

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drmyeyesSep. 24, 1210:03 PM

Requiring an ID to obtain a ballot only makes sense... to those that value the integrity of the electoral process.

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chuckdancerSep. 24, 1211:15 PM

"Requiring an ID to obtain a ballot only makes sense... to those that value the integrity of the electoral process."******** ******************************************** I guess then that for 154 years Minnesota hasn't valued the integrity of the electoral process.

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jonspeedSep. 25, 12 2:19 AM

"In the United States, we put the burden on the voter... we keep company with nations such as the Bahamas, Belize and Burundi" And France, United Kingdom

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hobie2Sep. 25, 12 6:34 AM

Why indeed... why, it is so important that we keep our society pure, that instead of a law making fraudulent voting illegal - a felony with a penalty of prison time - we want to make it unconstitutional to do so without a piece of paper that has a picture on it... no amendment that the voting machine counters - running programs able to adjust counts with a couple lines of code that are made by and checked a very very few people - be checked by local officials on voting day for accuracy - just that Great grandma have a picture of herself on a piece of paper.

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hobie2Sep. 25, 12 6:44 AM

---"Requiring an ID to obtain a ballot only makes sense"... I think the proponents of the proposed picture ID amendment confuse "requiring an ID to obtain a ballot" with the presently required "requiring identification to obtain a ballot." I suggest that anyone who decides to vote yeah on the voter ID amendment ask the election judge at the table if they allow anyone to vote who has not been properly identified... And if the judge says no, or if the voter has extra money lying around for the taxes to pay for it, or if they think that you can't get 200 fake IDs and vote at 200 precincts with them easier than what we have now, then by all means vote yes.

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pumiceSep. 25, 12 7:27 AM

And there's the tactics being employed in former Jim Crow states to make registering to vote even more difficult. How deplorable are these tactics? Federal judges are striking them down right and left. See Texas and Florida for examples.

Texas, by the way, is taking the article of the Voting Rights Act which puts former Confederate states under closer scrutiny because of their Jim Crow history to court.

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elmore1Sep. 25, 12 7:35 AM

We no longer ride horses and write with quill pens. Voter modernization makes perfect sense in todays world.

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merkinSep. 25, 12 7:58 AM

Modernization, yes. Barriers, no.

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whallingSep. 25, 12 7:59 AM

This issue is so clear. Citizens should be allowed to vote. Non-citizens should not be allowed to vote. Poll workers should assure that only citizens are allowed to vote. Periodically, voter rolls should be reviewed and non-citizens should be removed. It is not an undue burden in relation to the importance of the voting right to require citizens to register as voters and to identify themselves as citizens. When a non-citizen votes it diminishes the value of a citizen's vote.

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