Senator J.B. Jennings has introduced SB 412 which would require photo ID’s at the polls. There are several problems with this bill.
The first is that we already have enough checks in place for the election judge to know with certainty that the voter is who they say they are.
The second is we are setting ourselves up to become dependent on ID cards with photos. We all know that photo IDs are more greatly respected because all we have to do is match the picture to the face. This seems to immediately make sense. But I would ask each of you to consider how easy it is to fake a photo ID. All checking will stop when we assume the ID holder matches the picture.
This legislation is unnecessary because there are multiple checks that election judges to ensure the person in who he or she says they are. We ask for their address. We ask for the month and date of their birth and they usually tell us the year. If there is some kind of discrepancy, then we can ask for their ID card. As per current directive, we must ask for their ID card under certain circumstances. Just because there are dead people on the voter roll does not mean they vote.
I would like to see the so-called fraud number for the state of Maryland. What goes on in Florida or South Carolina has no bearing on what goes on in Maryland.
What Sen. Jennings should be doing is finding a way to ensure that voter records are updated. I work as an election judge, and I request each person who presents answers which do not match the data base info to fill out a card (which goes back to election headquarters) to update that info, which is not always done. Several voters have told me they have filled out an update card more than once. I ask Sen. Jennings to look into that matter.
This, in my humble opinion, is where the focus of his reform should be. I have lived in my house for almost eight years now and when I put my address into to voter data base I find a person registered to my address who I do not know.
Let’s fix the real problem. Requiring photo IDs will actually disenfranchise older people who no longer drive and young people who cannot find jobs so they have no need to drive.
This smacks of a partisan attempt to control who has access to voting.