Some Colorado Voters Want To Follow Indiana's Lead

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

The U.S. Supreme Court made their decision on Monday.

Everyone in the state of Indiana must continue to provide a government issued picture identification card in order to register to vote.

The El Paso County Clerk & Recorder Bob Balink says they made the right decision.

However, opponents of that law say requiring a picture ID only makes it harder for the elderly and minorities to vote.

There are only a hand full of states that require a photo ID at registration and Colorado is not one of them.

Balink believes requiring a photo ID isn't asking for much. "A valid ID when voting is critical to ensuring the integrity of the election process," said Balink. He says Colorado's system is flawed. "You can show up with a Bob Balink utility bill and say, 'I'm Bob Balink,' and you can go vote his ballot that morning," said Balink.

But not everybody agrees. Some say you shouldn't have to show your ID in order to register to vote. Some say, cracking down will only deter the elderly and minorities from casting their votes.

It's an issue many are concerned with during a very hot election year.

Balink says, three times, bills requiring a photo ID at registration in Colorado, were all thrown out.

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  • by Troy Location: COS on Apr 29, 2008 at 06:31 PM
    I agree with the idea that photo ID should be presented to register, but I also believe it should be presented at the poll, too. The votes should be counted and verified by hand in full view of the public, with plenty of video-recorded surveillance and on live television. This way we can ensure that the vote is counted correctly.
  • by Legal Immigrant Location: COS on Apr 29, 2008 at 07:39 AM
    Voting is a privilege reserved only for U.S. citizens. To preserve that privilege, only citizens should be allowed to vote, so registration to vote should require proof of citizenship. Unfortunately, most photo IDs do not provide that proof. So without requiring a *Citizenship* ID, there's not point in requiring any ID at all. Do it properly or don't bother.
  • by db Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 28, 2008 at 04:33 PM
    Indiana has a great system. They get voter protection with photo ID cards such as a driver's license. They also give free photo ID cards to those who don't drive or otherwise have a picture ID. By giving out free state photo IDs, there is no reason someone cannot vote.
  • by ami Location: idaho on Apr 28, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    I agree with having to show I.D when you register to vote. You should always carry your ID with you weather you elderly or a minority or not......
  • by j Location: p on Apr 28, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    You can't get anyone to the poles as it is. I think the general opion is. All politions are the same so why bother. I do not understand most of the amendments. The writing is so a normal person, doesn't get it. Who knows if they even count your votes anyway. How do you know?
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