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You Still Don't Need an ID to Vote in California

A voter identification initiative fails to qualify for ballot.

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An initiative that would have required voters to show government-issued photo identification to have their ballot counted has failed to qualify for the November ballot, the Secretary of State's Office announced Monday.

Valid signatures from 504,760 registered voters—5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 general election—needed to be submitted by May 30 to qualify the measure for the November ballot, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Because initiative backers did not submit the minimum number of signatures to county election officials needed to qualify the measure, the number submitted was not announced.

The initiative would have established provisional voting for citizens at the polls who failed to present government-issued photo identification.

The provisional ballots and mail-in ballots would have been invalid unless the accompanying envelope contained the voter's birthdate and citizen's identification number or last four digits of the driver's license, state identification card or Social Security number.

Election officials would have been required to verify the identification information before opening or counting the ballot.

If the initiative had become law, it would have resulted in increased local government election costs and decreased state fee revenues, potentially in the range of tens of millions of dollars per year, according to an analysis prepared by the Legislative Analyst and Department of Finance.

There would be potentially increased state funding, about $100 million, to local governments, offset by an equal amount of decreased state funding to local governments in future years, according to the analysis.

Supporters of voter identification laws have said they are necessary to combat fraud and keep non-citizens from voting. Opponents have said the laws disenfranchise poor and non-white voters and the amount of voter fraud is exaggerated.

—City News Service

Nadja Adolf June 21, 2014 at 11:58 PM
Ah, a typical Duck Speak debating moment - the appeal to emotion followed by the personal attack. Any minute now I expect you to start channeling the late Mayor Thompson and focus on keeping King George's snoot out of Chicago. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (You should actually read some in-depth studies of Emma Lazarus - it seems she had some rather definite notions of which huddled masses should qualify for admission, and contrary to popular legend, she wasn't the daughter of suffering immigrants, she was the daughter of a wealthy Sephardic family who arrived in North America during the very early British and Dutch colonial era - her mother was related to the Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo. "The New Colossus" plaque was not placed on the statue of liberty until 1903 - the poem was created and donated to an auction fundraiser dedicated to the purpose of building a base for the statue.)
KMA June 23, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Stewart- and how old is the Statue of Liberty? You are aware this is 2014. What was inscribed then really does not apply today.
Lynn Glover June 25, 2014 at 01:28 PM
KMA: what is your point about how old is the S of L? Do you think wise philosophy has an expiration date? Let's hope the sonnet by Lazarus is just as meaningful today as then. And, it's part of what makes the USA exceptionally great in the world and time. Of course, some limitations have to be included. These are embodied in the law. The problem today is that the law is not being enforced primarily because the head of enforcement and his minions want to let in more people who, they would like to believe, are likely to vote for their kind in the future.
M. Manzano July 06, 2014 at 07:48 PM
The Democrats would cease being in control if voter ID passed. They will do everything possible to prevent it.
Madeleine July 06, 2014 at 08:13 PM
M. Manzano: You are so right. There is not one logical reason to be against voter ID, unless you want to vote fraudulently.

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