|Revise Valid Definition
|Ended on 8/4/2014
As a poll worker on election day, I simply want to be sure that the person before me is who they say they are. If they can produce a driver's license with holograms, etc, and a photo that matches the face in front of me and an address that matches the poll book, I do not care if the DL is expired. It has served its purpose as regards *establishing identity*, even if it is no long valid as regards *driving*.
That being said, I am dismayed by some of the comments I have read.
- the voter id law is not a poll tax. Free id is readily available.
- when person A votes in person B's name, person B has just been disenfranchised. We owe it to person B to protect their right to vote as well.
- the voter id law is not an attempt to disenfranchise anybody. It is an attempt to ensure that every eligible voter gets to vote, once.
- it is misleading to say that voting in somebody else's name does not happen in Virginia, because absent a photo id such fraud is very difficult to prove in a court of law.
Let's calm down, stop questioning each other's motives, and recognize that although we might not agree on every point, we all want fair and open elections.