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AARP expresses concerns over voter ID impact

This is from this week’s AARP NC “News from the Capital” e-newsletter:

Photo ID Requirement May Impact Older Voters

Legislation requiring photo identification in order to vote is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly in the first week of the session.  Election officials state that voter fraud occurs with less than five votes out of every million cast.  AARP is concerned that this requirement may establish barriers for older adults and people with disabilities who may not have a driver’s license or other photo identification. Many residents of assisted living facilities or nursing homes do not have photo IDs. 

If legislation is established requiring photo identification, the State of North Carolina should be responsible for paying for any costs associated with obtaining an ID.  A greater opportunity for voter fraud is with absentee voting, since these voters do not have to show any ID, or appear before an election official.  Voting illegally in North Carolina is a felony under the current law, and voters are required to provide identification to register to vote.”

You wouldn’t think the new legislative leaders would want to pick a fight with the large and influential nonprofit for folks 50 and older, but given their clumsy and ideological start thus far, anything is possible.

7 Comments

  1. Jim Bob

    January 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    There should be no restriction on who has to show their ID when voting and there should be no cost to the individual for an ID. That would be a poll tax. I think we’ve been down THAT road before.

  2. aarp ins

    January 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I believe that your ID should be shown. Why would you want to hide your identity?

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  4. Alex

    January 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Everyone in a nursing home has a social security card and a Medicare or Medicaid card. This is a ridiculous argument.

  5. NoPic

    January 29, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Does a Medicare or Medicaid card have a photo? There is no photo on my SS card.

  6. gregflynn

    January 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    For one thing photo ID fraud is a much bigger problem in NC than voter fraud. Also, having a valid photo ID does not prove eligibility to vote. The main reason is the difficulty for non-drivers in rural counties to obtain photo ID. For example, for a non-driver photo ID valid for 5 or 8 years, in addition to providing correct Proof of Residency, Proof of Age and Identity, and valid Social Security card, residents in flood prone Hyde County have one opportunity a month to get it right at mobile DMV offices:
    Ocracoke, Mobile Unit at Community Center
    * Highway 12
    Ocracoke, NC 27960
    * Jan 21, May 20, July 22, Oct 21
    10:15 – 4:15
    Swan Quarter, Mobile Unit at Government County lot
    * 11 Main Street
    Swan Quarter, NC 27885
    * 2010-Dec 16, 2011-Jan 13, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 14, May 12, June 16, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 15, Oct 13, Nov 17, Dec 15
    10:00 – 4:00

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