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2013-11-13 08:32:15 AM  

theknuckler_33: clowncar on fire: thatboyoverthere: Lionel Mandrake: Democrats who oppose voter ID have consistently claimed that it suppresses votes.

And Republicans have consistently claimed that in-person voter fraud is a problem.

...still waiting for someone to make that case...

Oh they've made that case. What they need to do is prove that in-person fraud is actually a problem.

Wrong thread?

The topic here was whether or not the voter ID law suppressed voter turn out.  Although conservatively biased, the author seemed to be doing a good job pointing out that the numbers of voters actually went up after the law was enacted.  The protocol this early in the argument would be to produce a body of citations showing evidence to the contrary rather than to rely on the distraction of whether voter fraud exists.

Unless of course, evidence to the contrary is in short supply.

Actually, any sort of factual refutation (in terms of voter number data rather than a debate about the existence of in person fraud) ) would probably knock this article on its ass as there weren't exactly too many cited facts and sources contained within the article anyhow.

Wrong. The topic here is whether or not the voter ID law suppressed the turnout of certain demographics.



If you were to be a purist about it, then yes, demographic turnout.


I was referring to direction this thread went from the Boobies which to me sounded very diversionary.


How exactly relevant is citing the number of fraud cases proving demographic suppression- other than for frauds-- is occurring?  It's meaningful support if the topic of this thread was whether in fraud voting was really an issue (which was diversion introduced originally) but does little to support- or refute if you believe the data in the submitter's article to be hogwash-- the notion that voter id laws target various demographics.
 
2013-11-13 08:36:37 AM  

crab66: Actual, provable voter fraud is statistically irrelevant.

Voter ID laws are intended to suppress voters. And are reasonably effective at doing so.

No amount of obfuscating derp will change these facts.


I hate doing this but "citation needed".  Subbie's article seems to suggest otherwise.  It's on you to provide evidence to the contrary to support the notion that voter laws did indeed suppress various demographics during the last election in Texas.  Or at least harder evidence than "subbie's derping".
 
2013-11-13 08:39:51 AM  

clowncar on fire: theknuckler_33: clowncar on fire: thatboyoverthere: Lionel Mandrake: Democrats who oppose voter ID have consistently claimed that it suppresses votes.

And Republicans have consistently claimed that in-person voter fraud is a problem.

...still waiting for someone to make that case...

Oh they've made that case. What they need to do is prove that in-person fraud is actually a problem.

Wrong thread?

The topic here was whether or not the voter ID law suppressed voter turn out.  Although conservatively biased, the author seemed to be doing a good job pointing out that the numbers of voters actually went up after the law was enacted.  The protocol this early in the argument would be to produce a body of citations showing evidence to the contrary rather than to rely on the distraction of whether voter fraud exists.

Unless of course, evidence to the contrary is in short supply.

Actually, any sort of factual refutation (in terms of voter number data rather than a debate about the existence of in person fraud) ) would probably knock this article on its ass as there weren't exactly too many cited facts and sources contained within the article anyhow.

Wrong. The topic here is whether or not the voter ID law suppressed the turnout of certain demographics.


If you were to be a purist about it, then yes, demographic turnout.


I was referring to direction this thread went from the Boobies which to me sounded very diversionary.


How exactly relevant is citing the number of fraud cases proving demographic suppression- other than for frauds-- is occurring?  It's meaningful support if the topic of this thread was whether in fraud voting was really an issue (which was diversion introduced originally) but does little to support- or refute if you believe the data in the submitter's article to be hogwash-- the notion that voter id laws target various demographics.


Who keeps doing this?  Something FARK has loaded in its programming to discourage referencing other posts because I see this quite often lately?  Censorship is fine but only when used upon opposing views.
 
2013-11-13 08:41:16 AM  

Millennium: Patching holes before they get exploited, if you can manage to find them first, is nothing but good security practice.


You sound like just the right kind of  mark person who would be interested in my patented Tigers-Be-Gone® anti-tiger rock.  Guaranteed* to keep you safe from tigers.

*Guarantee not valid in India, Southeast Asia, the zoo, or if you're Roy Horn.
 
2013-11-13 08:45:09 AM  

clowncar on fire: Who keeps doing this?  Something FARK has loaded in its programming to discourage referencing other posts because I see this quite often lately?  Censorship is fine but only when used upon opposing views.


'Initial comment' time warp
 
2013-11-13 08:52:20 AM  

Millennium: thatboyoverthere: Oh they've made that case. What they need to do is prove that in-person fraud is actually a problem.

...which is a catch-22, because if there were widespread evidence of voter fraud, it would mean that most fraudsters were being caught, in which case it would not be a problem. Convenient thing for the Dems to demand, really.

Patching holes before they get exploited, if you can manage to find them first, is nothing but good security practice.


Except the sort of fraud that voter ID would prevent is not only statistically almost non-existent, but it is an INSANELY inefficient way to rig elections. To get enough fraudulent votes to swing elections at a state or national level, you'd have to have hundreds, if not thousands of partners, each potentially able to expose the entire plan and get everyone involved jail time.

The people who COUNT the votes are who you should be watching. Bribing a clerk or two is much more efficient and effective, and lower-risk.
 
2013-11-13 08:53:11 AM  

Teufelaffe: clowncar on fire: Who keeps doing this?  Something FARK has loaded in its programming to discourage referencing other posts because I see this quite often lately?  Censorship is fine but only when used upon opposing views.

'Initial comment' time warp



Thanks for the info on that one.  Especially the time stamp thing.  Explains why I keep getting scoffed at for being either a noob or an alt from time to time.

Apparently Fark holds its first responders in the most highest regards.
 
2013-11-13 08:56:55 AM  

theknuckler_33: Editor's note: Bryan Preston is editor at large of the conservative blog PJ Media. He was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the "Laura Ingraham Show" and was communications director of the Republican Party of Texas.

Yea, real 'interesting', subby.


Remember when the PJ Media guy got laughed off of fark, and the term "your blog sucks" was first coined? Ahh the good old days.
 
2013-11-13 08:57:07 AM  
crab66:   Voter ID laws are intended to suppress voters. And are reasonably effective at doing so.

Except for now.  In Texas.  So, there is that.
 
2013-11-13 08:58:58 AM  
Turnout being up doesn't mean these IDs weren't intended to suppress the vote, it just means that if they were intended to, they aren't working as they were meant to. It could be that these laws have made people so mad that folks who had otherwise given up on voting are now making it out to the polls even though voting is now even more difficult for them.
 
2013-11-13 09:07:10 AM  
So Texas voters can expect even more restrictions by the midterms?
 
2013-11-13 09:07:20 AM  
Once again, would it not make sense for the US to look at other countries that have had no problems with elections for a simple formula.   Federal elections regulator, paper ballot that you put an X mark on and put in a box and simple/easy standards for the voters to prove their identity at the time of voting.

Not rocket science.
 
2013-11-13 09:09:13 AM  
FTA:  Look at Cameron County, which is about 85% Hispanic. Turnout increased from an average of 4,700 votes in 2011 to 5,100 in 2013.

This is not necessarily an increase in turnout depending on the number of eligible voters in each year.
 
2013-11-13 09:10:59 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: There is some amount of voter impersonation fraud


Which is a statement that carries exactly as much weight as "there is some amount of fatal lightning strikes." It happens, but not to the extent that anyone should wear lightning rods and grounding wires all the time.
 
2013-11-13 09:11:40 AM  

ambercat: Turnout being up doesn't mean these IDs weren't intended to suppress the vote, it just means that if they were intended to, they aren't working as they were meant to. It could be that these laws have made people so mad that folks who had otherwise given up on voting are now making it out to the polls even though voting is now even more difficult for them.



This is all purely speculation, however.

About all we know from the article is that voter turn out is up despite the voter ID law - which currently undisputed numbers were used to support this assertion.  All one need do is offer verifiable data from this same election that reported voter suppression was up dis-proportionately to dispel the notion that current ID laws have no effect on voter turn out.  Bonus points if you can break this data down demographically to show that indeed, populations were successfully targeted.
 
2013-11-13 09:13:16 AM  

Bloody William: Which is a statement that carries exactly as much weight as "there is some amount of fatal lightning strikes." It happens, but not to the extent that anyone should wear lightning rods and grounding wires all the time.


Right, which is why I followed up with that next post with actual (tiny tiny) numbers.
 
2013-11-13 09:17:01 AM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Bloody William: Which is a statement that carries exactly as much weight as "there is some amount of fatal lightning strikes." It happens, but not to the extent that anyone should wear lightning rods and grounding wires all the time.

Right, which is why I followed up with that next post with actual (tiny tiny) numbers.


Oh, no, I wasn't disagreeing with you. I just wanted to underscore the fact that it's so tiny so no one could jump on you and say "HA! SO YOU DO ADMIT THERE'S FRAUD!!!"
 
2013-11-13 09:17:48 AM  
Yes, voter id is intended to suppress votes, hopefully enough to change the outcome of close elections, I don't think anyone can argue otherwise with a straight face.

Yes, it failed badly to change the electorate of the 2012 race, that doesn't mean these laws are in any way benign. It just means that while the right spent the last 6 years ridiculing a certain "community organizer", they didn't know what a community organizer actually does.
 
2013-11-13 09:22:17 AM  

clowncar on fire: The topic here was whether or not the voter ID law suppressed voter turn out.  Although conservatively biased, the author seemed to be doing a good job pointing out that the numbers of voters actually went up after the law was enacted.  The protocol this early in the argument would be to produce a body of citations showing evidence to the contrary rather than to rely on the distraction of whether voter fraud exists.

Unless of course, evidence to the contrary is in short supply.


Nate Silver, who is an actual respected statistician rather than a random pundit like the article writer, ran the numbers for the effects of voter ID laws. It shows some voter depression which slightly favors Republicans. All this guy does is compare voter turnout from one election to another ignoring the fact that there can be many factors that may influence turnout for a single election. It's just a sloppy way of doing things and doesn't prove a thing about voter ID effects on turnout.

More to the point the lack of evidence for in person voter fraud means that voter ID laws, at their very best, are a useless layer of bureaucracy that make voting more difficult for no reason. It is clear, given Silver's analysis of voter ID laws, that the Republicans push for these laws is because they wish to slant things in their favor.
 
2013-11-13 09:31:50 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: crab66:   Voter ID laws are intended to suppress voters. And are reasonably effective at doing so.

Except for now.  In Texas.  So, there is that.


Can you provide some sort of citation or evidence of this?  TFA seemed to make a pretty strong case that it was effective at suppressing votes.
 
2013-11-13 09:40:15 AM  

Bloody William: Dusk-You-n-Me: Bloody William: Which is a statement that carries exactly as much weight as "there is some amount of fatal lightning strikes." It happens, but not to the extent that anyone should wear lightning rods and grounding wires all the time.

Right, which is why I followed up with that next post with actual (tiny tiny) numbers.

Oh, no, I wasn't disagreeing with you. I just wanted to underscore the fact that it's so tiny so no one could jump on you and say "HA! SO YOU DO ADMIT THERE'S FRAUD!!!"



I seem to remember one of those very rare cases of voter fraud, I think it was in Indiana...
 
2013-11-13 09:53:42 AM  

BMFPitt: Zeb Hesselgresser: crab66:   Voter ID laws are intended to suppress voters. And are reasonably effective at doing so.

Except for now.  In Texas.  So, there is that.

Can you provide some sort of citation or evidence of this?  TFA seemed to make a pretty strong case that it was effective at suppressing votes.


FTA

in 2011, the last constitutional amendment election before the voter ID law passed. Some issues received more votes than others. The one most voted on received 690,052 votes, for and against. Overall, an average of about 672,874. . .  according to the Texas secretary of state's office, nine amendments went up for vote in 2013. The amendment that attracted the most votes, Proposition One, attracted 1,144,844. The average number of votes cast in 2013 was 1,099,670.

So, in terms of raw votes, turnout in 2013 increased by about 63% over turnout in 2011 in comparable elections.

Turnout for the 2011 election was 5.37% of registered voters; for 2013 it was about 8%.

Hidalgo County sits on the Texas-Mexico border and is 90% Hispanic.   In 2011, an average of just over 4,000 voted in the constitutional amendment election.   In 2013, an average of over 16,000 voted.

Look at Cameron County, which is about 85% Hispanic. Turnout increased from an average of 4,700 votes in 2011 to 5,100 in 2013.


Seems fairly clear.
 
2013-11-13 09:55:12 AM  

udhq: Yes, voter id is intended to suppress votes, hopefully enough to change the outcome of close elections, I don't think anyone can argue otherwise with a straight face.

Yes, it failed badly to change the electorate of the 2012 race, that doesn't mean these laws are in any way benign. It just means that while the right spent the last 6 years ridiculing a certain "community organizer", they didn't know what a community organizer actually does.


The intention is to suppress a virtually non-existent problem: in person fraudulent voting.  As with any sort of legal filtration, there are undoubtedly unintentionally targeted populations effected as well.

Speeding laws are in place to define safe speeds for various environs- what they end up doing is targeting people with fast cars.  To say these laws were set up strictly to target people with fast cars would be a bit of a stretch.

In the case of a voter ID law, the intent would be stopping voter fraud but the unintentional consequence would be that various populations that don't carry id's may be excluded from the vote as well.  To assert that this was both intentional and successful would require hard data.  The data on amount of voters excluded as a result of the law would not be dissimilar from data collected on the number of speeding citations handed out in that a population failed to meet a requirement of the law.  Do we know exactly how these voters would have voted had the law not been in place or are we working with the premise that all suppressed votes would have been disproportionately cast in favor of one candidate in lieu of the other?  And if so, to what degree these suppressed votes would have counted toward the final results of the election?

Agreeably though, if voter fraud is proven to be that negligible on the results of the whole, and that voter suppression is way up as a result of this law, some sort of reform or repeal of this law would be needed.  Off  topic but shouldn't we be working on making sure that all of our citizenry have at least one form of identification if the need arises?
 
2013-11-13 10:04:41 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: BMFPitt: Zeb Hesselgresser: crab66:   Voter ID laws are intended to suppress voters. And are reasonably effective at doing so.

Except for now.  In Texas.  So, there is that.

Can you provide some sort of citation or evidence of this?  TFA seemed to make a pretty strong case that it was effective at suppressing votes.

FTA

in 2011, the last constitutional amendment election before the voter ID law passed. Some issues received more votes than others. The one most voted on received 690,052 votes, for and against. Overall, an average of about 672,874. . .  according to the Texas secretary of state's office, nine amendments went up for vote in 2013. The amendment that attracted the most votes, Proposition One, attracted 1,144,844. The average number of votes cast in 2013 was 1,099,670.

So, in terms of raw votes, turnout in 2013 increased by about 63% over turnout in 2011 in comparable elections.

Turnout for the 2011 election was 5.37% of registered voters; for 2013 it was about 8%.

Hidalgo County sits on the Texas-Mexico border and is 90% Hispanic.   In 2011, an average of just over 4,000 voted in the constitutional amendment election.   In 2013, an average of over 16,000 voted.

Look at Cameron County, which is about 85% Hispanic. Turnout increased from an average of 4,700 votes in 2011 to 5,100 in 2013.

Seems fairly clear.


I think you're mincing over the writer's inability to understand his own usage of percentages.  When he says numbers increased by 63%, he actually means an increase of 63% in numbers over the number that voted in the last election (163%).  Not that these numbers are telling us much more than there was a higher voter turn out this time around.  Still not the smoking gun that voter ID laws aren't still suppressing someone somewhere as subbie would lead you to believe.
 
2013-11-13 10:07:29 AM  

odinsposse: clowncar on fire: The topic here was whether or not the voter ID law suppressed voter turn out.  Although conservatively biased, the author seemed to be doing a good job pointing out that the numbers of voters actually went up after the law was enacted.  The protocol this early in the argument would be to produce a body of citations showing evidence to the contrary rather than to rely on the distraction of whether voter fraud exists.

Unless of course, evidence to the contrary is in short supply.

Nate Silver, who is an actual respected statistician rather than a random pundit like the article writer, ran the numbers for the effects of voter ID laws. It shows some voter depression which slightly favors Republicans. All this guy does is compare voter turnout from one election to another ignoring the fact that there can be many factors that may influence turnout for a single election. It's just a sloppy way of doing things and doesn't prove a thing about voter ID effects on turnout.

More to the point the lack of evidence for in person voter fraud means that voter ID laws, at their very best, are a useless layer of bureaucracy that make voting more difficult for no reason. It is clear, given Silver's analysis of voter ID laws, that the Republicans push for these laws is because they wish to slant things in their favor.


Increased public awareness of - and possibly anger over - Voter ID laws may also have driven the higher turnout.  People can get pretty upset when they think something's being taken away from them, whether they were using that thing beforehand or not.  It's an unintended consequence that doesn't reduce the horribleness of these laws in any way.
 
2013-11-13 10:12:03 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: So, in terms of raw votes, turnout in 2013 increased by about 63% over turnout in 2011 in comparable elections.
Turnout for the 2011 election was 5.37% of registered voters; for 2013 it was about 8%.
Hidalgo County sits on the Texas-Mexico border and is 90% Hispanic.   In 2011, an average of just over 4,000 voted in the constitutional amendment election.   In 2013, an average of over 16,000 voted.
Look at Cameron County, which is about 85% Hispanic. Turnout increased from an average of 4,700 votes in 2011 to 5,100 in 2013.
Seems fairly clear.


What do you think those numbers make clear, and why?

It's kind of like saying "The DOW is up 100 today, therefore raising corporate taxes last month had no effect on profits."
 
2013-11-13 10:14:20 AM  
I'm sure they're sorry they caused such a fuss and are happy to find out those that have the right got to exercise the right.
 
2013-11-13 10:22:38 AM  
seems like it is working pretty good according to Nate Silver...

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2013-11-13 10:39:41 AM  

udhq: Yes, voter id is intended to suppress

illegal votes

                                                                        ^
 
2013-11-13 10:39:47 AM  
If voter ID suppressed votes, we should see a drop in turnout, right?

When you start with a faulty premise, all the evidence in the world won't make you right
 
2013-11-13 10:46:11 AM  
Kibbler:

Gun ownership is a right (and a duty), health care is a privilege

Buying a gun with your own money is a right.  Making other people pay for your health care is a privilege.

Apple=/=Orange.

When the NRA demands the the government buy guns for people who cant afford them you can play again.
 
2013-11-13 10:47:52 AM  

BMFPitt: Zeb Hesselgresser:

What do you think those numbers make clear, and why?


What?  The voter ID law did not suppress minority voting in Texas during the November, 2013 elections.

Why?  I don't think Texas had a large problem with illegal alien voter fraud.

It's kind of like saying "The DOW is up 100 today, therefore raising corporate taxes last month had no effect on profits." <= Sounds like what Matt Stafford would say.
 
2013-11-13 10:54:06 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Why?  I don't think Texas had a large problem with illegal alien voter fraud.


How did the numbers you cited provide evidence for this?

Also, how does that prove:

What?  The voter ID law did not suppress minority voting in Texas during the November, 2013 elections.
 
2013-11-13 11:04:02 AM  
Well, the GOP has successfully turned attention away from whether voter fraud even exists.

"We need voter ID to solve the problem of voter fraud"

"Is that really a problem?"

"WHY DON'T YOU WANT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM????"
 
2013-11-13 11:05:25 AM  
The ID laws are just a vector to pull in the other suppression techniques.  The North Carolina law is a prime example.  So many facets of that law have nothing to do with voter fraud and everything to do with throwing roadblocks in front of Democratic voters.
 
2013-11-13 11:06:26 AM  
I'm one of those Texas voters who actually voted.  It was raining, it was an off year amendment election, but I was gotdammed sure I was going to vote. Democrats are pissed about the voter ID law, and republicans in general.  I noted on the voter roles (I can read upside down, just like all parents) many of my liberal neighbors had also voted.  So in my little neck of the woods, I think turnout had little to do with amendments and more to do with sending  a message.  I understand both parties have detailed databases and pretty much know who's a democrat and who's a republican. So our turnout was a message to the Democratic Party to up its game this time around.
 
2013-11-13 11:08:01 AM  

Headso: seems like it is working pretty good according to Nate Silver...

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I still say if you lose your right to vote without committing a crime, you should have a right to shoot as many legislators as you want.  I'd acquit on all charges if I was on that jury 100% of the time.
 
2013-11-13 11:31:10 AM  
Heh, in WI, my MIL is in a facility, and a staunch Republican. The new Scott Walker voter suppression ID laws are hitting her, and it isn't clear that she will be able to vote. She just received another letter about it. It has to do with her receiving her mail at another address because she is no longer competent.
 
2013-11-13 11:35:20 AM  

Millennium: thatboyoverthere: Oh they've made that case. What they need to do is prove that in-person fraud is actually a problem.

...which is a catch-22, because if there were widespread evidence of voter fraud, it would mean that most fraudsters were being caught, in which case it would not be a problem. Convenient thing for the Dems to demand, really.


People do get caught. And often they are conservative morons who have been taken in by all the people claiming that voter fraud is widespread and decide to try to prove it (or even it out) by doing it themselves. Investigation reveals, however, that individual voter fraud is very rare: 18 proven examples in the entire state of Texas in the 10 year period from 2002 to 2012.

Patching holes before they get exploited, if you can manage to find them first, is nothing but good security practice.

Sure, that's fine. But you also have to focus on patching the worst ones first -- it doesn't do any good to fix a flaw that lets someone make unauthorized comments responding to a blog post when you have root exploits un-patched.

The "root exploits" in our voting system are around unverifiable electronic ballots that leave no auditable paper trail and run on closed source, proprietary systems; followed by absentee ballot handling/alteration. There are also voter disenfranchisement efforts: compiling a list of voters who you think will vote against you and then attempting to purge those voters from the registration rolls.

Those are the sorts of things that will easily throw a few percentage points of voting your way, enough to sway a close election. Trying to sway anything but the tiniest local election by individual voter fraud is for chumps.

As Tom Stoppard said "It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting."
 
2013-11-13 11:54:09 AM  
 When a law is created and pushed by ALEC in order to address an issue that doesn't exists then it's not that great of a leap in logic to the conclusion that they are doing so for reasons they're not willing to own.  Given that they cranked this one out extra hard after the Democrats legitimately won all branches of government makes it a bit difficult to argue that this is anything but a naked power grab by a party that is on it's way to irrelevancy. The Ironic cherry on this cake is that their efforts will only hasten their trek.
Good.
 
2013-11-13 12:05:31 PM  

whistleridge: Lionel Mandrake: Democrats who oppose voter ID have consistently claimed that it suppresses votes.

And Republicans have consistently claimed that in-person voter fraud is a problem.

...still waiting for someone to make that case...

In other news, both sides are full of shiat. The ID laws aren't about voter suppression, and they aren't about fraud. They're just a stone to push back and forth and fight over, in lieu of actual governance.


You're one of those 'both sides are bad' assholes, huh?  Good to know.
 
2013-11-13 12:08:21 PM  
People are more likely to vote against you if you systematically piss them off.
 
2013-11-13 12:08:35 PM  

Millennium: thatboyoverthere: Oh they've made that case. What they need to do is prove that in-person fraud is actually a problem.

...which is a catch-22, because if there were widespread evidence of voter fraud, it would mean that most fraudsters were being caught, in which case it would not be a problem. Convenient thing for the Dems to demand, really.

Patching holes before they get exploited, if you can manage to find them first, is nothing but good security practice.


You've forgotten a key part of the security mantra though: Availability.

Not a bad, but if the patch you install makes it too hard for the user to get any work done, they quit trying.

Try again? Do yourself a favor and don't take your basic 640-554 exam yet if you forgot that basic item. Definitely don't take your CISSP exam.
 
2013-11-13 12:15:59 PM  

Millennium: ...which is a catch-22, because if there were widespread evidence of voter fraud, it would mean that most fraudsters were being caught, in which case it would not be a problem. Convenient thing for the Dems to demand, really.


Getting Americans to get off of their asses to go and vote is like herding cats, but you're saying that there's tons of people out there that are just itching to go and fraudulently vote.

Sure thing. Totally believable.
 
2013-11-13 12:17:38 PM  

whistleridge: Lionel Mandrake: Democrats who oppose voter ID have consistently claimed that it suppresses votes.

And Republicans have consistently claimed that in-person voter fraud is a problem.

...still waiting for someone to make that case...

In other news, both sides are full of shiat. The ID laws aren't about voter suppression, and they aren't about fraud. They're just a stone to push back and forth and fight over, in lieu of actual governance.


Mike Tarzai (or whatever the f*ck name he has) from PA would disagree.
 
2013-11-13 12:20:37 PM  
I would like to know how the author knows it's not suppressing votes.  Disclaimer: DNRTFA

If the amount of votes being cast stays the same, that doesn't mean the vote isn't being suppressed.  It usually means a hotly contested election where more people are participating and even MORE would have been able to participate if the vote wasn't suppressed.  Again, this is just supposition, which is nothing more than what the article suggest (I'm guessing).
 
2013-11-13 12:22:22 PM  

coeyagi: I would like to know how the author knows it's not suppressing votes.  Disclaimer: DNRTFA



The author is a republican, and that would support their biases, and some people voted in 2013.   The end.
 
2013-11-13 12:30:48 PM  

coeyagi: I would like to know how the author knows it's not suppressing votes.  Disclaimer: DNRTFA

If the amount of votes being cast stays the same, that doesn't mean the vote isn't being suppressed.  It usually means a hotly contested election where more people are participating and even MORE would have been able to participate if the vote wasn't suppressed.  Again, this is just supposition, which is nothing more than what the article suggest (I'm guessing).


That's exactly what he is suggesting. Voter turnout is up over last year therefore the new voter ID laws didn't have any effect. No thought towards any other factor that may effect voter turnout. It's exactly the level of thinking you would expect from a Pajamas Media editor.
 
2013-11-13 12:35:02 PM  

Millennium: thatboyoverthere: Oh they've made that case. What they need to do is prove that in-person fraud is actually a problem.

...which is a catch-22, because if there were widespread evidence of voter fraud, it would mean that most fraudsters were being caught, in which case it would not be a problem. Convenient thing for the Dems to demand, really.

Patching holes before they get exploited, if you can manage to find them first, is nothing but good security practice.


You can tell after the fact, even without ID. Look at the list of who voted, find people on the list that didn't actually vote. Add in the people who got turned away because it looked like they already voted. That's an upper bound on the number of people who successfully impersonated a voter.
 
2013-11-13 12:38:43 PM  

Mentat: The ID laws are just a vector to pull in the other suppression techniques.  The North Carolina law is a prime example.  So many facets of that law have nothing to do with voter fraud and everything to do with throwing roadblocks in front of Democratic voters.


Usually they have a nice (for Republicans) side effect of keeping college students from voting at their college location, by requiring an address match. (Even though the address you give DMV isn't any more secure or verified than the address you give when registering).

NC tried, at first, to just directly ban college students from voting at college, but that got shot down IIRC.
 
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