This morning, this photo caught my attention on facebook:
The status update says:
“I have voted once in Beaufort, once in Henderson, twice in Emerald Isle and will vote in my precinct in PKS, I will do whatever it takes to save our country from the world envisioned by Mitt and his fear mongering followers. I do not want my granddaughter to have to re-fight the battles won by women 40 years ago or to make less than my grandson for performing the same work he does. This election is not about taxing the wealthy. It is about the American spirit and caring for our fellow man. Let’s continue to move forward, not slip in the dark past.”
I did a quick Google search about this claim and could only find blog articles, nothing from the main or traditional media, so I cannot say for sure if this is real or fake as many claim it to be. Nowadays, I try to remain skeptical about these type of assertions until I see enough credible proof.
The claim of voting multiple times caught my attention because I just brought up that very issue with my husband last Saturday when we went and voted early. My husband was wondering why there was a second form to sign, which turned out to be an application for a ballot (for voting early). And I was also left to wonder, if by signing the application, your name is somehow flagged so that you can’t vote again on election day?
I jokingly mentioned this to my husband that… what if I showed up at our regular precinct tomorrow, would they give me a ballot? Or would my name already be crossed out of the list having already cast my vote? By signing that ballot application, was there some sort of safeguard in place so that I can’t vote again tomorrow?
Casting multiple votes is one of the issues that proponents of stricter voting requirements worry about. For instance, when we voted, we were not asked to show IDs either. We simply had to confirm our residential address and we were given a ballot.
I am all for allowing all citizens equal and easy access to vote but I also believe in at least some measure of proving that the person who is filling out the ballot is actually the person registered.
For instance, I probably could have sent in my 15-year-old daughter to vote in my stead and they probably would have let her since all she had to tell them is her name and address. If she had given them my name and address, she would have been handed the ballot.
So for this reason, I have no problem showing an ID and I think everyone should also be required to show some form of identification. Even if it’s nothing more than their voter registration card. At least if you have a voter registration card, even if it is not a picture ID, it at least proves that you have shown some measure of your eligibility to vote to someone.
SO CAN YOU VOTE MORE THAN ONCE?
The short answer is NO. Election integrity procedures are in place in all polling precincts so that people who are not registered and people who have already voted cannot vote again. As this woman in Nevada found out when she attempted to do just what I was thinking.
I am not saying it’s impossible to vote more than once. I am sure it has been done before and will be tested again.
Which brings me back to the issue of this man, Jim Turner who claims to have voted 4 times already and is planning on a fifth. Even without proof of ID, I find it hard to believe that anyone can get away with voting multiple times in North Carolina.
If you are tempted to test the system, just be aware that voting more than once is a felony and so is attempting to vote more than once. And once you are convicted of a felony, you lose the right to vote.
It seems like a pretty high penalty for Jim Turner to pay if he really does care about preserving the American Spirit for his family and he seems to be a pretty smart guy according to his facebook profile. So unless he’s a genuine, for real, crazy, why would he risk losing his right to vote? I have a feeling that this is indeed another fake, just another gimmick from people who pander in fear and ignorance.
What do you think?