reply to post by Honor93
On part 1... You know, I honestly didn't know Texas had so many non-licenese/ID card methods allowed until I pulled it all up for this thread. That
is the best thing about ATS above all else. I learn so much... some from other posts but mostly by the time spent looking things up that posts spur my
curiosity for. One thing I didn't look up, because I really didn't want the answer....was what they meant by other forms of issued photo ID. Would
the Mexican Consular cards work to vote in the U.S. too? Yeah..I really figured there was a point I didn't need more info. lol...
On the second part though.. This came up in my Political class last semester in terms of how someone could abuse the system in a place like our state,
which is very much like yours. You need photo ID to register with the clerk initially, but I actually had my ID handed back to me while they took the
non-photo voting card when I was there for the primary. (I just handed both, automatically). When I'd asked, he'd specifically said the photo ID is
NOT to be looked at unless someone has no Registration card.
Now, the method we all came up with to abuse that system..and it took only a couple minutes.. was disturbingly simple. Without a Photo-ID at the poll
anyway. 50% or so vote...that's statistical fact on average. That means there is a fair to better than average chance you know people who have cards
but no intention of voting for whatever reason. Could be anything..... Our town has 1 polling station to a district and there are a number if
districts. See where I'm going?
If one collects up the cards from friends, you have as many times at the ballot box, under everyone else's name, as you can find Polling places that
have people who haven't actually laid eyes on your face that day. If you start in the opening shift, we figured, you could actually make the rounds
twice in some cases. Just playing around and for my district, there were a few in the class who did have cards...didn't plan to vote..and would have
been able to give me extra votes, if I were dishonest or outright criminal.
It was a feel good exercise because absolutely no one actually intended to DO what we gamed out and worked the angles on. It's viable though..
Perfectly viable. It doesn't let you vote more than you can find cards the owner isn't planning to use, but....That's a lot of cards out there when
turn out is THIS low.
*Oh... They also have the standby's you can do if you have neither an ID OR a registration card. They swear they check all that somehow later, before
counting them. (Maybe it's checking which way the vote on that ballot goes..I dunno).