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Chantilly Perspective: Is the New Virginia Voter ID Law a Good Idea?

Chantilly Patch readers weighed in on our question of the week.

On Sunday, we asked Patch readers whether they thought the new requirement for a photo ID when voting starting in 2014 is just a new partisan hurdle in the voting process or is a good idea to combat voter fraud.

You can read more about the new requirements here.

Here’s what a few of your Chantilly neighbors had to say about the new law:

A reader named David wrote, “You need a photo ID for everything today (driving, banking, etc.). why should you need one to vote. What are the Dems afraid of? Most seniors have them and all college students have them. Most dead people do not, as well as most illegals. It is the best way to stop fraud.”

Debbie wrote: “As I understand the law, free photo ids will be made available and voters without photo IDs will be given adequate time to obtain the new ID. I don't understand the problem. I think it's a good idea.”

Walter said: “We need a national quality control audit on voting, for faith in the system if no other reason. Our elections are a mess and you may just look at the Bush/Gore battle in Florida for an idea of the problems. The idea that whole cemeteries vote in some jurisdictions has been an ongoing joke for generations. In terms of prosecutions, exactly when did you ever hear of anyone actively investigating?”

Do you agree with your Chantilly neighbors? Tell us in the comments below!

Charles Kuhman April 05, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I have worked at the Herndon polls on several occasions, and I would like to make sure everyone understands what Fairfax County and the State of Virginina already require poll workers to do to combat voter fraud. The requirements that people work in their own precincts among their neighbors is to make the likelihood of someone committing voter fraud small at best. We are to stay there all day (5:30 am until the vote count is complete, usually a full hour after the polls close at the earliest) as another check on the chance of someone voting more than once or under more than one name. Both parties are represented among the poll workers by design to even out the chances of at least one worker knowing anyone who might walk in to vote. I have yet to work in a precinct where at least some volunteer poll watchers weren't present for either or both parties (and for all three parties in the election that include Ross Perot) for some or all of the voting hours. Poll workers are instructed on how to challenge a ballot, and I have had to do this myself on at least one occasion. A challenged ballot is sealed and kept, and after the election a panel makes a decision as to whether the ballot will be unsealed and counted. In most cases, the election is clearly won or lost without the challenged ballots, and they are destroyed unopened. I say all this to assure everyone that I feel large scale voter fraud is very unlikely. The need for other measures is unnecessary.

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