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Comment Re:Probably Trump (Score 1) 180

Here's the Maryland page on voter registration. It talks about your "official voter registration signature" which makes me think you are signing a poll book when you vote. If you need an ID to register then why should you need anything other than your Voter Notification Card to actually vote?

I also found this here.

Some first time voters in Maryland will be asked to show ID before voting. If you are asked to show ID, please show an election judge one of the following forms of ID:

A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); or

A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Current means that the document is dated within 3 months of the election.

So some first time voters are required to provide identification but are able to use things other than picture ID. I couldn't find anything about signing a poll book but maybe that's part of the county's elections procedures, not the state's. You could contact your county elections board and ask them what steps they take to prevent voter fraud.

But again I have to say that until someone provides actual evidence of anything other than occasional voter fraud by individuals I just think the ID requirement for election day is not needed.

Comment Re:Probably Trump (Score 1) 180

I live in Oregon. We have vote by mail. The signature on the outside of the ballot envelope is compared to the signature on your voter registration application. That works fine for me. Don't you have to sign the poll book when you go to vote? Are you going to be able to match your father's signature well enough to get away with it?

Arguing about lack of detection doesn't mean that it does happen either. There's a lot of speculation about that kind of voter fraud but until someone demonstrates that it's anything other than rare requiring ID at the polls is just an onerous requirement for otherwise eligible voters who don't have a need for such ID. If you're going to vet whether someone is eligible to vote it should be done at the time they register to vote and their voter registration card should be the only such ID required at the polls.

Comment Re:what about dead people who still on the rolls (Score 1) 180

The vote fraud the concerns me are as follows:
1) First anything that can be done to change the tallies in subtle ways, particularly with voting machines without an audit trail.
2) The hyperpartisan gerrymandering. gerrymandering [buzzfeed.com]
3) indirect voting fraud such as conspiring to limit voting machines or purge rolls right before an election, while at the same time making it harder to fix the mess.

Technically speaking those are election fraud. Actual vote fraud would involve the actual act of voting.

Comment Re:Probably Trump (Score 1) 180

People do get caught, they are _never_ punished.

I'd like to see you back that statement up with some actual evidence. I see people making the claim of voter fraud all the time but I never see any actual news stories about it. The GW Bush administration made finding voter fraud a point of emphasis with the US Attorneys and they found Jack Shit.

So put up or shut up. Prove that voter fraud is anything more than rare in the USA.

Comment Re:Probably Trump (Score 1) 180

If you're against voter ID you're pro-fraud.

That statement would make a lot more sense if there were any evidence of significant voter fraud of the type that such ID would prevent. Otherwise it's just an unnecessary expense on the voter.

Go ahead and try to find evidence of such voter fraud. It doesn't exist.

Comment Re:Privacy has always been an illusion (Score 1) 212

Maybe there's a difference between privacy in regards to the government and privacy in general. But with the continued proliferation of technology privacy in general becomes less and less doable. How much of your online activities are truly private? The government may be proscribed from accessing them but the private businesses running those services may not be. How much of your day to day activities are truly private with everyone having a camera on their phone?

The science fiction author David Brin has been pushing the idea of sousveillance, the idea that we need to surveil as hard from underneath as they do from the top in order to keep them on the straight and narrow. If there are no secrets then you have nothing to hold over anyone's head except things that society in general proscribes.

Comment Re:September 11th (Score 1) 212

Screwed up the quoting, here's how it should have looked:

From Muslim extremists to Lone Wolf right wing gunmen, we will never be truly safe PERIOD

FTFY, there is no such thing as complete safety. The question is how much freedom you're willing to give up in order to get an incremental increase in safety. Personally I think the citizens of this country need to man up and accept that there will be a certain amount of bad things happening and to not allow our fear to drive us to reductions in freedom that play right into the hands of many of the people planning those bad things.

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