Fraud: anonymous voting destructive to democracy

The Chart Staff goodbyes

The Chart Staff goodbyes

Amye Buckley

I am a case of potential voter fraud.

Two weeks ago I received a mailer from the Voter Participation Center.

Well, I say it was addressed to me, but not exactly.

Years ago I set up a spare e-mail address for all those freebie offers that come with plenty of spam attached. I used my initials instead of my name. I ordered a few magazines using these offers and used my spam “alias.” Guess who needs to register to vote?

That’s right. My initials have failed to register. My initials cannot vote in the presidential election unless they complete this simple form and fold it into the pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope. My initials do not have a driver’s license or the last four of their social security number. (Well, I suppose they do, but it is already in use.) Is this a problem? No.

Buried in the fine print is the assurance that: “If you do not have a driver’s license or Social Security number please write ‘None.’ The State of Missouri will assign to you a unique identifying number for voting purposes.”

What? Who registers to vote without a driver’s license or a Social Security number or any other form of identification? Through the mail, no less.

The Department of Motor Vehicles notes that although no identification is required to register to vote in Missouri it will be required at the polls. Photo IDs are the primary form requested, but you can also use your voter’s registration card if it is accompanied by a utility bill or bank statement. Tell me how hard that would be to forge on any computer.

It is a terrible to have disenfranchised voters. It is a terrible thing to have mystery voters out there somewhere who do not exist.

I did not send in the form, but I have no doubts I could have registered – again – if I had. Of course, I could never have used my false credentials even if I had them: at my polling place there are some very vigilant, older poll challengers and I doubt I could ever pass for my initials. I’m not exactly a dead ringer for “Abe.”