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Voter I.D. question gets a hearing in Colorado

Posted by Kelly Maher on February 3rd, 2011
 
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I testified before the Colorado House Committee on State Affairs on Wednesday about the strange way in which I voted on Nov. 2. It was easier for me to vote (by showing my utility bill as identification) than to try to get a Denver Public Library card, which required a photo identification. The Denver Post later editorialized in favor of stricter voter ID standards in Colorado.

Legislators are considering a bill sponsored by Rep. Ken Summers, R-Littleton, and Rep. Libby Szabo, R-Wheat Ridge, that would require a photo ID in order to vote. Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, asked me why signing a poll book was not (and is not - in my mind) sufficient assurance that a voter is who he or she claims to be. She also gave examples of how photo ID might not prevent fraud anyway.

Over the course of my testimony, I also explained exactly why this issue is so important to me:

“It’s an affront to someone like me to have that which I hold most sacred - my vote - and the way that I express my love of my country by voting, to have that have a lower standard than my ability to get a book.”

The bill passed the committee on a straight party-line vote (Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed) last night and is headed next to the House Appropriations Committee.

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  • Post by Kelly Maher on February 3rd, 2011

4 Responses to “Voter I.D. question gets a hearing in Colorado”

  1. Gary Mayo says:

    Please tell me your kidding me. Proof of identity is required to deposit money in your own checking account, to operate a vehicle, and to fly on an airplane. For you to minimize the need for honest elections in such an off handed manner is offensive. The right to vote by eligible citizens is a great freedom we have in this country, yet an honest election is just as important. The only reason that anyone left or right would object to this issue would be to increase the numbers of votes for their election, at any cost! Democrats want to grant amnesty to 20 million illegal aliens in this country to increase thei voter base. Why not just advocate that every Democrat be allowed to vote Chicago style, as many times as they can! This system would at least be honest, and save you from the Hyprocrisy of comparing voter id to a library card.

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  2. Kelly Maher says:

    @Gary - Thanks for your comments. I would argue that basic standards should be met to ensure that people are who they say they are when they show up at the polls. We all deserve a secure and honest election process. If you’re interested in the video I made on election day you can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoViNPndeeM

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  3. BlueCarp says:

    I <3 you.

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  4. Kelly Maher says:

    @David - That’s just too sweet.

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