I just returned from voting in the California primary election. Turnout at my eastern West Hollywood precinct was light.
When I went to vote, I gave my name and showed my “Official Sample Ballot and Voting Instructions” booklet. I asked if they wanted to see my ID. California law doesn’t require it, one official said. This is an invitation for vote fraud, I responded. Well, we don’t require it. Finally, one poll worker did asked to see it–after I had made clear this was a necessary safeguard, expressing the fear that someone could use lax standards at precincts to steal an election
Oh, and if you don’t think vote fraud is problem, look how easy it is for someone to vote under another person’s name–in the case the Attorney General of the United States, a man who uses his authority to challenge state requirements that voters to furnish identification — as did Massachusetts Democrats at their recent convention: