Will the Democrats actually support this?

For the past two years as the GOP has tried to push voter ID legislation, the Democrats response has been that the problem is in absentee voting, not election day voting, and Senator Staton is a racist for daring to suggest otherwise.

So tomorrow, Senator Staton and several other Republican Senators will introduce legislation to crack down on absentee voting fraud — including making such an offense a felony with a prison term from three to fifteen years and a fine of $100,000.00.

It will be interesting to see if the Democrats support the measure or just say it is not enough. If they say it is not enough, will they propose an alternative or amendments?

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7 comments

  1. Bull Moose says:

    Um the penalty seems a bit stiff, but the concept smart… What does the bill do but put people in jail?

  2. Erick says:

    Don’t know yet.

    But, shouldn’t we treat seriously a crime relating to trying to undermine the integrity of the democratic process?

  3. griftdrift says:

    I suspect the Democrats will support something that could potentially hurt Republican voting turnout just like Republicans liked that other…well let’s not go there.

    The penalty is certainly stiff enough. But I wonder if there are some people out there that have some ideas about how to enforce it. I would expect some amendments.

  4. There is a lot of well intentioned (but ill informed) absentee ballot activity out there. If the bill is well thought out and goes after those truly committing fraud and not those forgetting to dot their i’s and t’s, I expect the Democrats will support it.

    If it’s a reactionary measure aimed at upping the ante on voter ID, it will be a tough sell.

  5. Bull Moose says:

    I just think that if the only issue addressed is punishment it will not change anything.

    I’m concerned that our state priorities are becoming skewed by some Members of the House.

  6. Trackboy1 says:

    Speaking of race…Clarkston, GA in the NYT:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/21/us/21fugees.html?pagewanted=1&ref=us

    http://www.nytimes.com/packages/khtml/2007/01/20/us/20070121_FUGEES_FEATURE.html

    But to many longtime residents, soccer is a sign of unwanted change, as unfamiliar and threatening as the hijabs worn by the Muslim women in town. It’s not football. It’s not baseball. The fields weren’t made for it. Mayor Swaney even has a name for the sort of folks who play the game: the soccer people.

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