Voter ID

Across the United States, there is a growing movement to pass laws that would prohibit from voting the following underrepresented groups: dead people, non-citizens, non-registered people, and people that do not cast ballots. these draconian laws would make voting almost as hard as getting on an airplane, renting a movie, or buying alcohol. Plus, it would make it very difficult to vote multiple times or to vote for other people. What has our country come to? How could people be so mean?

It amazes me that requiring photo ID to vote is even an issue that spurs debate. I find offensive the blatant racism of those who believe that certain groups are too stupid to be able to figure out how to get a government ID and bring it to the polling place. If official government IDs are too hard or too expensive to acquire, then that is the problem we should fight to fix.

I may be wrong to support a voter ID requirement. As with every issue, I welcome opposing and challenging viewpoints. I am open to learn and change should anyone prove to me that I am in error. But if you are going to challenge my opinion, do not make it theoretical. Bring me an actual counterexample, a specific real person that would be harmed or wronged by the policies I support. Thus, we can then compare the potential harm done to some by enacting a policy vs the potential harm done to others by not exacting it.

Invalid votes, that are cast and counted the same as valid votes, serve to undermine the voting power of the legitimate voters. The power of individuals to vote is a fundamental principle of our society.

I encourage all supporters of stricter voter ID laws to each help one person from their town obtain the required ID, if such a person can be found that would otherwise be prevented from voting due to lack of ID. Take the time to help them and pay their $15 State ID fee. I pledge to sponsor two, if they can be found.

Overall, the State of Alaska Division of elections has done an excellent job with voter access and integrity. The current voting laws and regulations of Alaska are among the best in America.

In Alaska, anyone can go into a polling place and vote; if there is some question about the legitimacy of their vote, they will be asked to vote a questioned ballot, which will only be counted if they are determined to be a valid voter. Even a ten year old can go and demand a ballot, and will be given a questioned ballot. Silly? Yes. Worth it in order to help protect everyone’s power to vote? Definitely.