There is a lot going on in Annapolis these days where in a few hours debate is scheduled to begin on O’Malley’s gay marriage bill.
However, that isn’t the only ‘hot’ legislation being considered. As states across the country address the problem of voter fraud that could be easily remedied with a requirement to produce identification at the polls, Maryland Republicans are trying to drag Maryland into the 21st century with the novel concept that we need to know who is voting. Maryland Democrat leaders don’t want voters to be identified.
The Maryland Reporter tells us how things went a couple of days ago with Del. Nic Kipke’s voter ID bill:
Tensions were high once again this year as delegates on the House Ways and Means committee debated a bill that would require Maryland voters to present proof of identity at polling stations when voting.
Sponsored by Del. Nic Kipke, R-Anne Arundel, a similar bill has been introduced every legislative session since 2005. Each year, it has faced opposition largely from Democrats who believe such restrictions would disenfranchise certain voters.
Bill proponents believe such measures would help eliminate voter fraud in the state. Kipke believes this has not been adequately addressed or examined in Maryland.
“Our system that we currently have isn’t working,” Kipke said.
Read it all.
Our friends at Election Integrity Maryland testified and we will be hearing firsthand how they viewed the hearing—more later.
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