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Dems ready to monitor Az poll watchers

Leaders of Verify the Vote, an Arizona offshoot of a national, Tea Party-backed effort, say their training for poll watchers is about preventing fraud. But critics say it's really a thinly veiled effort to intimidate minorities and other groups likely to vote for Democrats. ... Read more»

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Nov 5, 2012, 6:38 pm
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I’m not throwing rocks exclusively at the Sentinel with this tirade, but at the media as a whole…

I am sick to death of media outlets giving this issue press. The idea that protecting elections somehow translates to voter suppression of anyone is one of the stupidest ideas I have ever heard in my life. Usually whack jobs like these get a little press and then it’s over, but for some reason that’s not how it is happening in this case. The media keeps hammering this (non) issue over and over and over again, hoping it will eventually stick.

No one can survive in 21st Century America without ID, period. You want a job, you need an ID. You want a gub’ment check, you need ID to cash it. You want your gub’ment check directly deposited, you need ID for a bank account. There is no legit citizen who is living without ID (and, if they are, they can easily obtain one).

Getting back to this trash-piece, the “intimidation” concepts quoted are retarded. Hello? It is a secret ballot. Unless you tell them, no one will ever know how you voted. So, there is no reason in the world for anyone to ever feel intimidated at the polling place, ever. If you’re really that scared of the Tea-Party monsters, just tell them you voted a straight Republican ticket and they’ll leave you alone. Now, take the tin-foil off of your head.

Please, Sentinel, no more of these pieces. Stop giving a voice to the race-baiters who insist on finding problems where none exist because it furthers their agenda.

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Nov 5, 2012, 7:23 pm
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@Bret Linden

Plenty of people don’t have ID. My ID doesn’t suffice at the polls - it doesn’t have my current address on it. The state doesn’t require me to update the address on my physical license to drive; I just have to update it online. Requiring me to pay to update it just to vote is a poll tax, to my mind.

There are many poor and/or elderly people who don’t have documents that satisfy the requirements of voter ID laws. You can argue all you want in favor of those measures, but we need to have discussions that are based on the facts, and that is a fact.

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Democrats and voter-rights advocates say their concerns about the Arizona group Verify the Vote stem from its connection with a Houston-based, tea party-supported group that pledged to train 1 million people to watch for fraud at polling places.

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