Voters-rights groups say the plan borders on voter intimidation, and that those monitors would not be allowed inside polling places in accordance with federal law. In every election I personally have seen observers seated in front of everyone (looking very bored, so they cannot be observing much).
Some organizations use different definitions for those terms and in some cases the words “observation” and “monitoring” are used interchangeably without any explicit difference being made between the two.
According to the report from The Washington Times, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania told the newspaper, “Questioning the integrity of an election is extremely dangerous.”
I wonder if the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada was as diligent during the general elections of 2008 and 2012 because it is my humble opinion that “fraud” is also extremely dangerous.
I witnessed such a thing when a couple of ladies approached me outside the polling place and asked me if I spoke Spanish. When I told them that I do, they asked me: “Would you mark here who we should vote for?”
I couldn’t believe my ears. “Ladies,” I said. “First of all, votes are private. Your idealism, I’m sure, is not the same of mine. Second, you come here to vote and you don’t even know the candidates? Third, you forgot your English since you became American citizens — if in fact you are? And fourth and most importantly, campaign advertising is not
allowed inside the polling place, and those T-shirts you are wearing are a campaign advertisement.” Those two ladies walked away and returned with another person, walked in and the Team Leader didn’t even notice them.
Many people claim that requesting identification at the time of voting is unconstitutional, because it is discriminatory and creates a burden on poor people and minorities.
In this country everyone has identification: a birth certificate, a driver’s license, or — if they don’t drive — a State-issued identification card. If you want to open a bank account you need to show proof of ID to the banker. If you drive and a police officer stops you, it is imperative that you show the officer your ID. If you want to apply for retirement (Social Security) you must prove who you are. When you go to a doctor’s office, the first thing the lady behind the counter asks for is a picture ID, even before they greet you with a simple “ Good Morning.” In case of minorities, when they apply for food stamps and Medicaid, they need to show ID; nobody would hand them the benefits without proof of identity.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.