Rep. Leo Berman just said this, “Isn’t it true that you can bring just about anything with your name on it to prove that you are the person whose name is on the voter roll?” The answer was yes. That begs the question then doesn’t that pretty much just kill the intent of this bill? It’s a whole hell of a lot easier to forge something with just a name on it, than something with a picture as well. Also I doubt Rep. Berman or Rep. Brown have ever worked an election but most poll workers err of the side of inclusiveness and don’t want conflict in the polls. This would bring about much more of that and would also slow the check-in process down and cause longer waits to vote. But back to the main problem with this bill, this is fixing a problem that doesn’t exist and it.
[UPDATE]: Dunnam amendment, to the amendment to exempt everyone over 80, to make those 65 and older exempt from Voter IDiocy was tabled/fails 73 – 72 on verification (original vote was 71 – 68 to table).
This may become a liveblogging affair, stay tuned.
[UPDATE]: Leibowitz amendment to the amendment, bringing the exemption to 75+. Author, Rep. Brown, against. Tabled, 73 – 69. Verification coming. Verification withdrawn.
[UPDATE]: Brown amendments now sailing through.
[UPDATE]: Rep. Turner has an amendment. Those presently registered, this bill does not apply, grandfather clause.
[UPDATE]: Turner’s amendment goes down 75 – 68.
[UPDATE] 5:04 pm: Anchia’s signed affidavit amendment tabled 77 – 68.