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offog Donating Member (263 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-08 05:20 PM
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5. Good post, but you forgot something, kpete!
Some states have passed laws requiring people to show photo i.d. before they can vote. This disproportionately affects the poor, minorities, elderly, people with disabilities, and other marginalized people.

This has been on my mind lately because we're having a Federal Election in Canada right now. Starting this election, voters now have to show i.d. to verify their identities and addresses. I'm very suspicious about this new requirement, knowing that the Stephen Harper Conservatives have been using the Republican playbook on a lot of issues.

We haven't had real voter fraud problems here, any more than the Americans have. In fact, unlike the Republicans, Canadian Conservatives haven't been making a fuss about alleged voter fraud. I've seen no news coverage about this new i.d. requirement. The only reason I know about it is because I visited the Elections Canada website to check on an unrelated matter.

So all you progressive Canadians, raise some hell!
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