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'Daily Voting News' For May 09-11, 2009

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by Ellen Theisen, Dave Klein and John Washburn

Government-issued photo ID requirements for voters have passed in some states and are being debated in several others (SC, TX, and WI in today's articles). The debate centers on ensuring that only eligible voters can vote (pro), vs. concerns about disenfranchising eligible voters (con). But today's two featured articles, when taken together, suggest that other important questions need to be asked. The first article tells of the breach of the UC Berkley computers and the possible loss of identity information for 16,000 students and alumni. The second tells of a proposal in the Philippine legislature to require fingerprint data (AFIX biometric information) for every voter to be stored in the voter registration database.

Is it far-fetched to speculate whether voter biometrics is the logical outcome of a drive for "strict voter ID"?

Other unasked questions in the U.S. Voter-ID debate are: What kind of identity information is or will be collected and stored as part of the election process? For how long? Under what safe guards? With the move to create centralized, computerized government-issued identities for people and require that identity be presented in order to vote, access to that identity and impersonating that identity are only going to grow problematic over time....


  • FEatured from CA: UC hacking leaves thousands at risk of ID theft LINK
  • FEatured from Philippines: Gordon seeks approval of bill amending voter's registration act LINK (Proposed bill would require AFIS "biometric information" – fingerprints -- for all registered voters )
  • NAtional: Sunshine Act Notice: EAC May 19, 2009 meeting LINK (The topic: Military and Overseas Citizens: Counting Their Votes)
  • NAtional: More Acorn Voter Fraud Comes to Light LINK
  • CA: Voting on e-voting no solution LINK
  • CO: Audit of Aspen's election shows no holes in system LINK (Explains the process of auditing the election, which was administered by TrueBallot, Inc.)
  • CT: Let citizens decide issue of early voting; Changing rules won't necessarily get more to polls LINK
  • MN: Minnesota Senate relaxes early voting rules in wake of Coleman-Franken fight LINK
  • NC: In our opinion: IRV too risky LINK
  • NJ: Electronic voting machines could skew council results LINK
  • NY: Voting machines won't be certified LINK
  • SC: Hopes fade for reform bill LINK
  • TX: Voter ID bill clears House committee LINK
  • WA: King County seeks emergency approval of new voting tools LINK
  • WI: Voter ID legislation revived LINK
  • Philippines: Comelec won't give up on poll automation plan LINK
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