New poll finds landslide support for voter ID

There are 57 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Mar 5, 2009, titled New poll finds landslide support for voter ID. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

While the Legislature routinely rejects Republican efforts to require New Mexico voters to show identification when casting ballots, a newly released nonpartisan poll indicates voters would approve the idea by ...

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Strong Voter

Santa Fe, NM

#1 Mar 5, 2009
A bad idea is a bad idea no matter how many bureaucrats support it. The idea of a democratic Republic is to get people to vote not call them crooks.
Photo-Voter idea is a "solution" to a problem, voter fraud, that doesn't exist.
Voter Who Thinks

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Mar 5, 2009
Yeah, why prevent people from voting twice. Some issues deserve to win and need the extra help.

Since: Dec 08

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Mar 6, 2009
At least it would require that voters, especially in Rio Arriba County, would have to be alive to vote.
uncivil

United States

#4 Mar 6, 2009
In a state where illegal aliens have registered to vote, proof of citizenship is an excellent idea.
keep

Santa Fe, NM

#6 Mar 6, 2009
jetjock wrote:
great idea--the last election--I was behind 2 Mexicans who could not speak a word of english and voted--what a crock--let them vote in Mexico
telling those lies.
dutchman

Silver City, NM

#7 Mar 6, 2009
Why would anyone be afraid of protecting the honest vote.
dont get it

Rio Rancho, NM

#8 Mar 6, 2009
Why would anyone be opposed to having to use a positive proof of identification? And, further, having to register to vote in advance?

Anyone who is opposed to this knows full well that fraud will be there. Last election, I go to vote at Salazar, and somebody had voted for me. I could not vote and had to go down to the county courthouse to get a provisional ballot, which was not even counted.

You can't tell me fraud is not out there and I have a very recognizable anglo first and last name.

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#9 Mar 6, 2009
jetjock wrote:
great idea--the last election--I was behind 2 Mexicans who could not speak a word of english and voted--what a crock--let them vote in Mexico
Yeah... and I'm sure you called the authorities. I'm sure you pointed it out to the poll workers.
I'm not going to call you a liar....just going to say I don't believe you because you are probably making **** up.

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#10 Mar 6, 2009
dont get it wrote:
Why would anyone be opposed to having to use a positive proof of identification? And, further, having to register to vote in advance?
Anyone who is opposed to this knows full well that fraud will be there. Last election, I go to vote at Salazar, and somebody had voted for me. I could not vote and had to go down to the county courthouse to get a provisional ballot, which was not even counted.
You can't tell me fraud is not out there and I have a very recognizable anglo first and last name.
Yeah right. And there is a police report about it isn't there? And you filed a report with the County Clerk, and the Sec of State too.

Not going to call you a liar, but i don't believe you and I think you arre making **** up.

Since: Sep 08

Placitas, NM

#11 Mar 6, 2009
"Why would anyone be opposed to having to use a positive proof of identification?"
Ask those nuns in Indiana.
antiquelt

Farmington, NM

#12 Mar 6, 2009
Voter ID is just another way to surpress voting...sounds good but a truly bad idea.
Common Sense

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Mar 6, 2009
In the last election, a friend was a poll watcher during early voting. While standing in line to work the poll, he heard a group of people behind him boast about voting 5 times. Once inside, he looked at them and recognized them from another polling place where he worked a few days prior. So he went to the polling judge and said - these people already voted. The judge simply said - there's no way we can check to see if that is true - and they were all allowed to vote again. Another friend was approached by a young person doing voter registration. She said "I'm aready registered." The registrar said "you can just change your name a bit and use a relative's address and you can register again." Don't tell me fraud doesn't happen. What is troubling is not just that elections can be won or lost by this kind of fraud but there are so many people willing to break the law. Electing people to represent us, to make laws, to decide on taxes and programs that affect our lives - this is not American Idol where you can vote often for your choice. One citizen. One vote. I also spoke with the County Clerk and asked specifically how they verify citizenship - since in NM illegals can get a drivers license and even those here legally have a D.L. and documents like Social Security cards are quite easy to get / forge. She and her assistant could not answer that question except to say that since the applicants sign / attest to the truthfulness on the application, they trust them. While I'm at it, anyone with an 8th grade education knows that voting is a privelege, a right and a responsibility, you have to be registered to vote - so why would people wait until the last minute to register???? Political parties try to rally their troops, create excitement and get people to the polls. I would much rather win or lose an election based on people voting who actually cared enough about this solemn responsiblity than to have a bunch of sheep follow some leader who says "Just vote straight party ticket."

Yes, we need Voter ID (another person had the same experience of finding out that someone had voted in her name and was not able to have her vote count). We need to be able to verify SS#, citizenship status and prosecute those who break the law!!!!
Voter With No Name

Rio Rancho, NM

#14 Mar 6, 2009
Don't mind Roy. The primary qualification of his favorite presidential candidate was the organization of voter fraud in Chicago.(As if the city which virtually invented voter fraud actually needed the help!)

Cracking down on voter fraud might mean that the next Obama out there has to spend his formative years peddling cocaine instead of working for ACORN. What a loss to the nation that would be!

Since: Sep 08

Santa Fe

#15 Mar 6, 2009
Once again! The people speak, the politicos ignore.

Better get used to it. Illegal aliens are a great voting pool for Democrats. Besides Rush Limberger`s Republicans are so dead.
This issue is some what Moot. The Democrats ain`t going away any time soon. May as well let Martians vote, it ain`t gunna change things.
You republicans blew it bad. We need at least five major Political Parties.
I`d like to start the "Wild Party"
Ted

Los Alamos, NM

#16 Mar 6, 2009
All this discussion is a waste anyway. The politicians we elect have no interest in what we think anyway...unless we're a lobbyist with money to throw their way.
Sotto voce

Los Alamos, NM

#17 Mar 6, 2009
Bogus poll.

“If The Shoe Fits”

Since: Feb 08

Medina, Ohio

#18 Mar 6, 2009
Strong Voter wrote:
A bad idea is a bad idea no matter how many bureaucrats support it. The idea of a democratic Republic is to get people to vote not call them crooks.
Photo-Voter idea is a "solution" to a problem, voter fraud, that doesn't exist.
You forgot to mention that your mother dropped you on your head when you were born.
suz

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Mar 6, 2009
If you want a biased poll make sure not to poll the disenfranchised.

“Orwell said this would happen.”

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#20 Mar 6, 2009
suz wrote:
If you want a biased poll make sure not to poll the disenfranchised.
If you poll the disenfranchised, are they still disenfranchised?
dont get it

Rio Rancho, NM

#21 Mar 6, 2009
PlacitasRoy wrote:
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Yeah right. And there is a police report about it isn't there? And you filed a report with the County Clerk, and the Sec of State too.
Not going to call you a liar, but i don't believe you and I think you arre making **** up.
Placitas.....are you opposed the the rule that a person has to apply for a gun permit and submit to a background check before buying one? I am sure you are not (based upon your very liberal posts), but this is a similar proposal....to ensure that criminals can't buy guns. And, to answer your question about filing reports: The county clerk is the ONE who gave me the provisional ballot and said they "would look into it." I spent almost 5 hours trying to vote because of this issue and had absolutely no more time or the desire to to follow up on it. More to the point, why should I? Which is the whole point of this bill...if the person who fraudulently used my name had positive ID, none of this would have happened. Comprende?

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