|The Representation Segment Is RACIST!|
For Democrats, the picture is clear: Republicans want to make it harder for their partisan voters to take action at the polls. Why, with no proof whatsoever of widespread voter-fraud, what else could it be?
For Republicans, the picture is clear: Democrats get names of people on the voter-roles who are not coming to the polls and then send in operatives to vote in their names--several times. Now, this hasn't been caught ... but how could it be? Democrats oppose this because they rely on voter fraud.
The Omnivore suspects that if the Republican theory were happening in significant numbers, it would be caught. There are certainly enough people looking for it and every person on the role who showed a vote would have to lie and say "Yes--I voted!" when asked (Which would make them complicit in fraud) for this to remain a secret.
However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't have some way of validating voters. Firstly, if there are people who have a hard time getting photo-ID, that's no reason specifically to deny them a vote--especially if we could make it safe.
Secondly, there's a cost effective way to handle a person voting multiple times at different locations: Facial Recognition.
Now, FR is a fairly expensive technology to deploy but it is not an expensive technology to feed. If every polling outfit is equipped with a digital camera (it doesn't have to be an especially good one) then any voter who cannot show ID (which should be a small percentage) can be photographed and the photo uploaded to the mothership where it will be checked by FR against the database of all other non-ID voters.
This shouldn't slow things down too much, only impacts a small number of voters who don't have ID, and should not be especially expensive: a single FR system could handle a whole state--maybe, given enough time--the whole nation.