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Voter ID to be Decided by People

By April 14, 2009

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One thing's for sure about this time of the season, with the Oklahoma legislature in session, never is there a shortage of things to talk about. Among the particularly contentious issues thus far in 2009 has been the voter identification requirement. The legislature passed and sent to the governor Senate Bill 4, a measure that would have required voters to present photo identification issued by the state, federal government or a tribe. If not available, he or she could use a county election board-issued voter card or cast a provisional ballot.

Governor Henry vetoed the bill last week and released a statement saying, "A small but still important minority of registered voters, many of whom are senior citizens or the working poor, do not have easy access to an official form of identification and, therefore, could be discouraged from participating in the electoral process by the restrictions contained in Senate Bill 4."

Supporters of voter ID, maintaining a desire to protect the "integrity" of democracy, quickly followed Henry's veto by passing Senate Bill 692, which sends the question to a vote of the people in 2010. So, how do you plan to vote? Let us know in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

POLL: Where do you stand on voter identification?
1) I will vote for a voter identification requirement.
2) I will vote against a voter identification requirement.
3) I'm undecided.

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Comments

April 14, 2009 at 1:06 pm
(1) Geoff says:

why not, makes sense. you need an id for just about everything else these days so everyone should have one. i just hope it doesn’t slow things down, i waited for hours last year.

April 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm
(2) David H Glover says:

There is no evidence or rationale for fraud. Years in jail and hefty fines are deterring now. Many will forget the new requirement, be pushed into a provisional ballot, which will slow down lines, cost money, discourage voters and reduce turnout. Why is it only the Republicans that push? The Republicans ideas are being challenged the only way they can stay in power is attempt to reduce Democratic vote.

April 18, 2009 at 10:46 am
(3) Tripp says:

The only logical reason to oppose an ID check is if your intent is to steal elections with illegal votes, i.e. ACORN style. Why are Democrats afraid of an honest vote?

April 20, 2009 at 10:09 am
(4) PattyHK says:

This one that definitely needs to be a “YES”, to protect the integrity of our voting system!

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