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Response to Bonduel (Reply #9)
Sat Mar 31, 2012, 12:17 PM
sybylla (7,404 posts)
10. You think there's huge cost associated with keeping a database mandated by the Chimp's admin?
That's federal law. Created under contract to Dubya's supporters. It's already in place. Been in place for, what, 8 years. No state law can change the fact that there must be a database of voters kept. That voters in said database must be matched to existing databases in other government agencies like WDOT and Social Security. We've been paying for it for a long time. We've been verifying voters for a long time. That's how we know there isn't more than an occasional fraud perpetrated on election day. That's if you don't count election workers, who this Voter ID bill doesn't cover anyway.
Now, explain to me how someone who knows me and signs witnessing that I am who I say I am and that I live where I say I live in compliance with residency requirements is an expense to the state?
Explain to me why, I, a voter who lives in a small town, must drive home to get ID I've left there (since I don't have to have my DL with me to drive in WI) or take time off of work to go to the bank and get my passport so I can show it to the poll workers who all know who I am - who even knew me before I first showed up at the polls 20 years ago? "Oh, you're the ones who bought the house on...from..." Yep. Documenting all this, as you say, saves the state money? How does this not cost more time and cause lines in already understaffed polling stations?
Explain to me how my sons, who are already registered and regular voters, will cost the state more if they use their UW ID's to prove who they are.
Explain to me how thousands of Special Registration Deputies, who all worked for free to register people to vote following all the same rules the municipal clerks use, cost the state more money than forcing all those people to go to the clerks office tying up their staff registering voters. They are prevented from doing this as SRD's certified by the state GAB under this law. Now, if you want to register voters, you have to be certified by each municipal clerk and the clerk is allowed to refuse anyone certification on any grounds. Why should this burden be moved to the local municipal clerks in the first place? Whether they certify or don't certify SRD's, it's more time, more work and in the end more cost to the local tax payer. Why?
You see, this isn't about cost. Any GOPpie who tells you it is has either been duped or is participating in the lie.
It's about making sure only the "right" kind of people get to vote.
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