Patrick Opposes Mass. Bills Requiring Voter IDs

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is vowing to reject any bills that he said would make it harder for voters to cast ballots in Massachusetts.

The Democratic governor was responding to questions about a number of Republican-backed bills that would require residents to produce identification before voting in elections.

Patrick said Wednesday that while he was not familiar with all of the proposals, “I am not interested in and will not sign anything that makes it harder to vote.”

The bills were part of a State House public hearing before the Committee on Election Laws.

Supporters say requiring identification from voters will help guard elections against fraud.

But opponents, like Common Cause Massachusetts and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, say the extra hurdles will disenfranchise voters, particularly minorities.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



  • fred

    How does requiring an ID to vote disenfranchise someone or make it harder for someone to vote? Let’s assume that most voters already have ID’s so they are not affected. If you do not have an ID or can not afford one there are provisions that will allow you to obtain an ID for free. This will help ensure that those voting are legitimate, legal residents of the district that they are attempting to vote in. This will help protect everyone’s voting rights. Anyone who complains should take a walk to their city or town common and read the names on the memorials of those who have sacrificed their lives so that we can maintain the freedoms that we hold including the right to vote in honest elections. These Jim Crow accusations and the disenfranchisement of people, especially of minorities implies that they are either too stupid or too lazy to get an ID which can not be the case. So maybe the defenders of the no ID policy have an agenda, perhaps to let non citizens (illegals, college students registered at home and at school who vote twice, people who have multiple addresses who vote more than once) vote. As far as Patrick is concerned, well who really cares what he thinks he is so predictable and is always trying to protect some constituency and in this case non citizen or non resident voters.

  • A

    Anything to keep it safe and convenient for the illegals to get out and vote for him and his party.

    Isn’t that right Mr Patrick ?

  • Paul

    Let’s analyze the “disenfranchise voters, particularly minorities” for a moment. These would not be people with Driver’s licenses, they would not be people who are legally obtaining medical services (all drs are required to see medical coverage AND a valid picture ID) They do not have a bank account (banks require at least one valid picture id for opening or doing business) They are not students (same reasons) They do not legally collect Social Security. They are not those collecting unemployment. Are you going to tell me that who is left is actually going to vote? If they can get ot in the cold month of a Massachusetts November to vote….they can get off of their illegal “disenfranchised” butt….and get an ID that says who they are!!!! (so that we know who we are sending to ICE)

  • JCA

    Make sure you bring that message to Lordence Amedica Devil. You and willy can hijack all the DR and PR votes from all those who are too afraid NOT to vote for either one of you. Donkey !

  • Steve

    Deval is a P.O.S.!!! I can’t wait til he’s gone!

  • John A

    I go to a bank, I have to produce a picture ID. I want to fly on an airline I have to show a picture ID. In many cases I use a credit card. I need to show a picture ID. How the hell are the citizens of Mass.being disenfranchised or burdened by being asked to prove who they are in order to vote. It’s time to send Gov. Patrick and his group of clowns out of the positions they hold in the Commonwealth before they can do anymore damage.

  • Ajay

    In spite of modern technology, we still have significant voterr fraud. The last election had cases where 600 ‘voters’ listed an address to the same abandoned warehouse and countless cases of ‘voters’ who had already died. Its been happening since we started having elections. Being required to show an ID won’t solve the problem, but it will make voting illegally a little harder. Maybe both parties will stop busing people across state lines to vote.

    • petem

      Can send a link to the source of that information?

  • Yikes

    The Liberals need to protect those that vote for them so they continue to get reelected

    • Ajay

      Although I tend to agree with you on that one, there’s no solid proof of that. I’d hate to point the finger at one party and not the other without proof.
      With that being said, I can’t understand why a government official would not want to support this idea.

  • roudydowdy

    This idea to require photo ID to vote is a voter suppression scheme aimed to reduce the number of black, Latino, poor and other under privileged voters. It is shameful and un-American. The little fig leave of “voter fraud” is way to small to hide the lie that it is just an effort to steal the right to vote from fellow Americans

    • fred

      Explain how having to provide an ID suppresses a persons right to vote. Anyone who fraudulently votes has stolen the right of a person who has voted opposite by negating their vote. If a person does not have the ability to get an ID i do not see how they could possibly be able to drag themself to the polling place anyway. States that do have the ID requirement make provisions for people who can’t affrod and Id or are disabled and have trouble getting one. Honest elections are in everyones best interest.

  • roudydowdy

    About 18% of African American and similar portions of elderly and others don”t have IDs. The constitution protects a citizen”s right to personal security. We are free to have IDs if we want and free to refuse to have them. That is how requiring ID to vote will steal the right to vote from many fellow Americans

    • Ajay

      The 18% number sounds a little high. You’re suggesting that almost one in five africian americans, of voting age, does not drive, drink, cash checks or bank in any manner?

      And just for my own information…..what part of the constitution specifically protects a citizen’s right to security?

      • roudydowdy

        The 18% number I heard on Fox News. I’ll look it up but I’m referring to protection against search and seizure and the security of person and affects.

      • roudydowdy

        The 4th amendment and the voting rights act of 1965. I’m not a lawyer but I thing I know these rights.

      • Ajay

        The 4th Amendment deals with unreasonable search and seizure and nothing at all to do with voting.

        The Voting Act of 1965 has a lot to do with voting, but it does not preclude anyone from having to provide an ID. In fact, the supreme court upheld a state’s law requiring a photo IDs to vote.

  • linda

    What kind of ID is required?

    • Paul

      A goverment issued photo id (issued by a State or Federal agency)

    • roudydowdy

      It will depend on your skin color. If it isn’t white you’ll need to show a “government issued photo ID” but you will also have to prove that it is authentic. If it’s white, then no problem.

      • fred

        Oh, wow – the race card. I would never have thought that you would stoop this low. when you’re argument is in taters you yell out racism. I would like to see this question on the ballot but somehow the democrats in charge of this state will never let true democracy work because they have a vested interest in fraudulent voting.

  • emom

    Gee just show your license ,,, it shows your address and shows your face,,, OH WAIT thats right to many have fake ideas,,,,, thats right,, never mind,,, lets see,, my birth certificate,,,, licesne, first borns birth certificate,,, a DNA sample, a photo of me thru the years , a photo and birth cirtificate of both parents,,,hhhhmm did I leave anything else out OH YEAH my finger prints, mug shot, I plan on going down having one to prove who I am,,, and yeah think thats it… WHAT YOU MEAN JUST SHOW SOME BILLS WITH MY NAME ON IT,,,, wait I cant do that I was born here darn it all I guess I jjust wont vote,, whats the use any ways…

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