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TELL US: Should Massachusetts Pass a Voter ID Bill?

Let us know your thoughts on presenting government-issued ID when voting for the general election in 2012.

Recently, in helping to establish a non-binding ballot question in some of Bristol County's districts that aims to require the presentation of a government issued identification in order to vote in Massachusetts.

The new initiative, which will be on the district ballots in the first, fourth and sixth Bristol districts, will be voted on come November as a non-binding vote to show support for voter identification. The idea, according to Kozlowski, is designed to help minimize voter fraud.

Kozlowski worked with Peter Sacks at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office to work on the language of the bill. The ultimate approval, even after possible support, would be up to the Attorney General. And the ballot question will essentially put out feelers for support of the bill.

Last year, several supporters tried to get a full state proposition on the ballot for this November, but the Attorney General's Office rejected the bid to require government ID for voting in Massachusetts, saying the cost of procuring a legal photo identification disenfranchises many voters.

But what do you think? Should Massachusetts require voters to present ID when at the polls? Will this prevent voter fraud, or hinder the freedom of elections? 

Stuart Van Tine September 03, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Simple answer. No photo ID? Registrar of voter takes your picture. Later turns up you are dead, we send Buffy the Vampire Slayer after you. Or, maybe we put your picture on the internet with a cash reward to anyone who ID's you. Only a crook or an illegal alien could object to that.
Roger September 04, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Voter ID yes! If you lived in Chicago in the 30& 40,s you would be shocked to go to the polls and find your name crossed as if you had already voted!!
Deb Spence September 04, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Voter id is just another government tax in order to vote. Voter id laws do nothing for absentee ballots that are mailed both ways. Instead of voter IDs why not imprint each voter's finger with indelible ink with different colors. Oh wait then we'd know who voted and who didn't and it only costs pennies per voting station.
Jerry Chase September 17, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Interesting that the delegates to the DNC were required to produce ID . . . . .
Deb Spence September 17, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Voted in the elections last week and went in laughing about voter fraud. Poll workers laughed and said they knew me - no fraud - no id needed

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