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AP: Photo ID Laws Could Delay Election Results!

From the unrelenting proponents of ballot stuffing at the Associated Press:

New ID laws could delay outcome of close election

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Wednesday Sept 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. New voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states.

Tight races for Congress, governor and local offices also could be stuck in limbo while election officials scrutinize ballots, a scenario that would surely attract legions of campaign lawyers from both parties. "It’s a possibility of a complete meltdown for the election," said Daniel Smith, a political scientist at the University of Florida.

Talk about clutching at straws. The AP says we could have a "complete meltdown" if it takes a couple of days longer to count the votes? Are we now officially a third world country?

Voters cast provisional ballots for a variety of reasons: They don’t bring proper ID to the polls; they fail to update their voter registration after moving; they try to vote at the wrong precinct; or their right to vote is challenged by someone.

These voters may have their votes counted, but only if election officials can verify that they were eligible to vote, a process that can take days or weeks. Adding to the potential for chaos: Many states won’t even know how many provisional ballots have been cast until sometime after Election Day.

Voters cast nearly 2.1 million provisional ballots in the 2008 presidential election. About 69 percent were eventually counted, according to election results compiled by The Associated Press.

Not because anyone ran out of time. But because the number of provisional ballots were too low to effect the outcome from regular ballots.

New election laws in competitive states like Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will probably increase the number of provisional ballots in those states this year, according to voting experts, although the new laws in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are being challenged in court…

Or, on the other hand, more people might decide they need to bring ID and we actually have fewer provisional ballots.

Most of today’s voting nightmares go back to Florida in 2000, when the results of balloting and thus the winner of the presidential contest were not known for weeks after Election Day. Questions about recount irregularities and the validity of ballots with hanging chads — paper fragments still attached to punch-card ballots — preceded the eventual declaration that George W. Bush had won the state by 537 votes and was the next president…

Needless to say, Florida has nothing to do with provisional ballots. Because of the "hanging chads" the ballots had to be counted by hand.

The federal election law passed in response to the 2000 presidential election gives voters the option to cast a provisional ballot, if poll workers deny them a regular one. New voter ID laws could slow the count even more…

And never mind that what this really means is that all of the whining about how people will have their vote suppressed is a lie. Everyone who shows up at a polling station gets to vote.

In 2004, the number of provisional ballots cast in Ohio was larger than President George W. Bush’s margin of victory over Democrat John Kerry. Kerry didn’t concede until the following morning, when the provisional ballot picture became clear.

In 2008, the number of provisional ballots cast in North Carolina was larger than Obama’s margin of victory over Republican John McCain. The Associated Press didn’t declare the state for Obama until the day after Election Day, though Obama had already won enough states to claim the presidency…

Notice that there was no delay in either case. So this entire article is just another red herring. Another excuse to further pollute the integrity of the ballot box.

By the way, in order to vote in Mexico a citizen must go to an electoral office in order be registered. There the Federal Electoral Institute issues them a voting card issued by that must be shown to vote in any election. It is a photo ID. The voting card also serves as a national identity document.

Is that voter suppression? Is that racism? How come the news media and the rest of the Democrats never mention that?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: Photo ID Laws Could Delay Election Results!”

  1. ilzito guacamolito

    Obviously a Romney landslide would eliminate this potential problem altogether.

  2. From the St. Joseph (Missouri) News Press:

    5 more charged in ID scheme

    “All defendants are accused of helping more than 3,500 illegal immigrants from across the United States obtain Missouri identification through the St. Joseph License Office. They allegedly made more than $5 million between November 2009 and January 2012.”

    Of course, none of these illegal aliens would use these illegal documents to do anything illegal – like vote.

  3. wirenut

    ilzito, you must remember, we have the replacement “ref’s” in the game. Haw!




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