October 28, 2004
ACCOMMODATING THE VOTERS. According to the Badger Herald, lots of folks from Illinois will be attending the big rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol Square, where Bruce Springsteen will play some songs and appear alongside John Kerry. The crowd, predicted to be 60,000, will be encouraged to go right over to City Hall (a block away) and vote immediately, and City Hall is going to stay open until 8 p.m. tonight to accommodate the crowd. As I've written here, no I.D. is required to vote absentee at City Hall. Knowing that people are flowing in from Illinois, I'm feeling especially nervous about voter fraud today. If the election in the end comes down to a fight over Wisconsin's electoral votes, that pile of absentee ballots here is going to be the subject of a huge fight, don't you think?
UPDATE: Chris aptly notes:
You should note that, while I was not asked for my ID when I voted, you would need to show ID if you were not registered to vote. ID is required for registration but not for the actual voting. The risk of people from Illinois voting, therefore, doesn't seem to be the main concern.
Right. They'd have to be impersonating someone in Wisconsin.
By the way, Slate has a piece today about people double voting. Bottom line:
For all the new concern about double voting, ... the odds of getting caught remain minuscule. Comparing voter databases county by county and state by state is a needle-in-haystack undertaking, even with the aid of computers. Why not vote twice then? Michael Moore probably shouldn't do it. But you probably could.