Photo ID For Voting Proposal Advances In CO

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- A long-debated requirement that voters show their photo IDs when they cast ballots is moving ahead in Colorado.

A day after similar photo ID requirements were blocked by legal challenges in Texas and Wisconsin, a Republican-controlled committee in the Colorado House voted Tuesday to send a voting ID bill to the full chamber.

Last year, a photo ID voter bill passed the Republican House but was defeated in the Democratic Senate. Republicans generally consider photo IDs a necessary safeguard against voting fraud. Democrats argue that voter impersonation is rare but that photo ID requirements could hurt people without IDs, especially the elderly and needy.


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  • by Theresa Location: Loveland, CO on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    PHOTO Id is the issue here, I live in a town with a large number of elderly, is someone going to go around to all the nursing homes, hospitals, etc and supply these income fixed, non-driving, elderly with FREE photo ID's??? That means taking equipment INTO each home, which some of these adults do not have their belongings (such as old ID's, SS cards, certificates).. what a MESS and to dissenfrancise these UPSTANDING citizens is not only disrespectful but ABSURD. Voting is ONE thing they look forward to and to keep them out of the process after YEARS of being involved is just Republicans trying to keep the young and black and hispanics from keeping Obama in office...... it's just so transparent this is their goal. Shame on you, you're leaving out the elderly (which by the way are mostly Republican!)... The expense alone will keep MANY elderly out of the loop.. yet AGAIN, our society is disrepecting our ELDERS and throwing our young under the bus!! Shame, Shame people GET INVOLVED NOW as you might lose your RIGHTS later ... they keep "slipping" in laws to take them away everyday!
  • by Susan Location: Trinidad on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    Your news commentator today stated that a photo id for voting could include a Medicare card. 1. Neither a Social Security card nor a Medicare card contains a photo. 2. Neither a Social Security card nor a Medicare card, by law, can be used for identification. A Colorado driver's license or Colorado id card or military id card should be sufficient for voting. Would be nice to require a birth certificate or naturalization certificate but that is probably asking for too much.
  • by Do you.... on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    need a photo ID to get food stamps?
  • by Isabelle Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:47 AM
    A PHOTO ID is a must! Years ago I presented my pilots license as ID to vote. It's an "approved" form of voter ID and I wanted to see what would happen. It has name, address, DOB, description, but NO photo. A gov't issued photo ID must be carried with one's pilots license to confirm identity. I had no problem voting that day-not even a delay. Had I lost my wallet, ANY middle-aged female would have been able to vote with that ID!
  • by CG Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    Ok, I need to show an Id to rent a hotel room, rent a car, buy a hand gun, cash a check so why is it that those on the left do not (they say they are against voter fraud) do not feel it necessary to have a state issued picture ID to PROVE you have the right to vote (one of our treasured rights is to vote right). Any one who is a citizen of this country and then this a given state can get a state issued ID. Who is to say exampl: John Smith at one voter location becomes Tom Seconds at another and so on and so forth. Voter fraud would be rapant due to any one who wants to walk in and vote (even those, that by law cannot do so. What is up with that. I am hoping states such as Texas and Colorado fight this silly restriction stated by the US Attorny General and use the laws they are placing or making now in place and to heck with the right of those who are not allowed by our laws to have that right we citizens have.
  • by idea on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:53 AM
    IDs can be obtained for the poor and elderly where the driving licences are opptained,they raised the price of it and give a much shorter time for experation date. Go back to the longer term of use and lower the cost.
  • by Dilbert Location: CS on Mar 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    So, where are the disenfranchised in this process? Show me someone that meets all the other requirements for voting and has no state-issued identification. IDs are required for using banks, obtaining benefits, filling certain prescriptions; show me the legal voter with no ID. While Colorado does not have a huge fraud problem, look at places like Chicago or Houston, where thousands of the dead vote every election.
  • by dean Location: texas on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:01 PM
    You bet , if not all those that swam the rive will be legal .
  • by Jeff Location: c/s CO on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:57 PM
    I think people should have to show id's at the polls it would keep the voting truely honest and I think that bothers the hell(sorry) out of some of our politions! Huh imagine a truely honest to god election, bet the winner insnt even one of these guys with millions in advertising!
  • by Jeff Location: c/s CO on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:57 PM
    I think people should have to show id's at the polls it would keep the voting truely honest and I think that bothers the hell(sorry) out of some of our politions! Huh imagine a truely honest to god election, bet the winner insnt even one of these guys with millions in advertising!
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