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Old 11-02-2010, 12:23 PM
 
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Is it normal for a polling place to not check your ID when you show up to vote? This happened to me today and I found it quite disturbing...
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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In NC, you need ID to register, but not to vote. To vote, you have to confirm your name and address and that's it.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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If you've ever voted before you would know that your ID is only checked the first time you vote in a district, if that.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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See prior discussions on this topic:

do you need to show your voter id card when voting?

Early voting
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I've never shown a photo ID, except maybe the first time I voted somewhere -- maybe here? Maybe MA? I was asked some proof of residency, and drivers' license was the most convenient.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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It's ridiculous, honestly. I can go to the NC Board of Elections web site and look up ANYONE's registration status and party affiliation. I could easily find a batch of people with affiliations opposing mine, and beat them to the polls with their own information.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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It's ridiculous, honestly. I can go to the NC Board of Elections web site and look up ANYONE's registration status and party affiliation. I could easily find a batch of people with affiliations opposing mine, and beat them to the polls with their own information.
You could. Of course, you'd be committing voting fraud. That seems to be a sufficient deterent for most folks. I don't know that there's any rampant evidence of it happening in NC - but it may be happening in small numbers.

There's always some tension between ensuring the widest possible participation in our great democracy and controlling against fraud. As to where that balance should best be struck - I'll leave that to a debate in the Politics and Other Controversies forum.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:41 PM
 
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Did surprise me today when I didn't need ID.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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this morning when i voted i tried to hand them my voter registration card & they wouldn't even touch it. i stated only my first & last name to which she repeated it & then said are you at "blah-blah-address"? which i confirmed. i basically would need to know nothing more than someone's name to vote in their stead.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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If you appear at the polls and someone else has already voted under your identity, an investigation will ensue and the previously cast ballot will almost certainly be set aside in favor of yours. Voter fraud in North Carolina is a class I felony... not a crime to be taken lightly. By the way, a bogus registration to vote is also a class I felony in this state.
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