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Should You Have to Show ID to Vote? [POLL]

New York is one of just 27 states that have not taken steps to require photo ID or purge voter rolls or both, says a civil-rights group in a new report.

Should New York require a government-issued photo ID at the polls every time you vote, as many other states have done? Should the state purge its voter rolls to target non-citizens?

The Advancement Project has released a new report alleging discrimination by 23 states that have such policies. The multi-racial civil rights group says those policies target voter registration and participation by Hispanic citizens. 

These policies are new, the group alleges: "As with the voter purges based on alleged noncitizenship, state laws requiring documentary proof of citizenship—such as a certified birth certificate, passport, or naturalization papers—to register to vote were previously unheard of in the U.S."

In New York, you will be asked for ID only once at the polls—the first time you vote if you did not provide identification with your voter registration form, according to Project Vote Smart.

Such "current and valid photo identification" include but are not limited to:

  • Passport
  • Government ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Public housing ID card
  • Any ID specified by HAVA and New York State law as acceptable
  • Utility bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check (social security, tax refund, military paycheck, or paycheck stub)
  • Other government document documents with your name and address including but not limited to: voter registration card, hunting, fishing, or trapping license, or firearm permit. 

Check with Project Vote Smart for more about registering and voting in New York State.

Jack Doyle September 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
ABSOLUTELY you should have to show ID to vote. Do you show ID to buy liquor? Do you show ID when asked by a Police Officer for your Driver's License? Do you show ID to get on an airplane? The MSM and Radical Left are way out of bounds on this issue. No picture ID .....NO VOTE! Why should illegal aliens enjoy the Rights and Privledges of citizenship?
Bob Zahm September 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
No issue with showing a photo ID to vote. I like the fact that people working at the polls in Rye recognize me, but it may be that they're just being polite. A signature is just not a good enough form of ID. Nor is a utility bill, paycheck stub, bank account statement, etc. It must have a photo. And this should have nothing to do with illegal aliens.

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