The Washington Constitution doesn’t require a "residence" as a condition of voting as long as a person meets all other registration requirements. (Article VI Section1)
Voters who lack a traditional residential address can register at the shelter, park, motor home, intersection or other identifiable location they consider their residence. This location will be used to determine which precinct they will vote in. (RCW 29A.08.112 effective 2005)
Along with your residential address, you must also provide a valid mailing address. An accurate, valid mailing address is essential in order to receive ballots and election information on time. This can include a post office box, address of a friend or relative, shelter, or general delivery at a local post office.
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Evidence to support your premise?
FWIW, the homeless people I know use a shelter or church address to receive their ballots. I would imagine that your theoretical poor with unstable home addresses might still have a parent, church or business address to use.
We're all eagerly waiting actual proof of the widespread fraudulent voting all the ID proponents are in a hurry to prevent. "Just in case!" "It could be out there!" and "You never know!" don't count.
Unless there's a case being made for GUBBAMINT REGULATION in response to a problem that isn't actually there! Surely that isn't what's going on at all!
On the other hand, we also have hard evidence that laws designed to prevent voter fraud also have the effect of depressing LEGAL voter turnout, mostly among the elderly, the poor, college students, and minorities. If you don't drive a car, you don't need a valid ID in your day-to-day life. Ironically, if you don't have a car, it is very difficult to GET a valid ID in many places. And if it's difficult to get an ID, you probably just won't vote.
This isn't a side-effect of voter fraud laws. Republicans KNOW how infrequently voter fraud occurs. The intended effect of voter fraud laws is to make it harder for certain classes of people to vote. Classes of people who tend to vote Democratic.
Voter suppression on the other hand DOES EXIST. So what would you propose to solve that problem? Or is solving actual problems of no interest to you?
Voting is a privilege granted to you.
You have rights to not be denied that privilege for certain reasons, such as your race or gender. That is the extent of your voting rights.
Oregon's vote by mail system has many advantages. Not only are we more likely to vote, my hubby and I set aside an evening (in ALL elections, even school board races) to discuss the choices, pros and cons, in all the races. VBM is definitely the way to go.
But I am still nostalgic for the sheer civic-mindedness of waiting in line with my fellow citizens to vote. Not that it's of any practical use whatever.
Back in the 60s and 70s some family friends had problems with their names mysteriously disappearing from the registration rolls and got in the habit of registering every year.
My friends all voted by mail in 2012 after all the problems we ran into going to the polls in 2008 and 2010. I went in 2012, but I'm stubborn. It wasn't as bad as 08 but I still ended up having to tell a "poll watcher" what the fucking law actually is and to stop hassling the folks working the polls and those trying to vote. "Watched" him for an hour while my councilman got someone from the board of elections there.
Sitting in a safe blue or red State I'm sure you've never had a problem, but Ohio is frontline trench warfare every four years. Here in the birth place of Presidents voting suppression is real.
Believer it or not, but many voters do not have Internet access, particularly the poor and the elderly, so it's not really a viable option for many of them. And voting online at the library just presents the same problems that limiting polling locations and hours does already: most branch libraries only have a few terminals, and with the budgetary belt-tightening that's occurred in many municipalities, their hours are restricted as well. In order to overcome that, you'd have to turn the library into a traditional polling location (which many probably already are), install additional temporary terminals at considerable expense, and extend operating hours. So basically, it's back to Square One for many elderly and low income voters.
Vote-by-mail eliminates these obstacles: voters can fill out their ballots at their leisure and return them to the nearest mailbox, post office, or designated collection point - and most states don't even require return postage. So, no traveling, no waiting in lines, no confusing or unfamiliar interfaces, no being disenfranchised because the polling location closes before you get a chance to actually get in to vote. It's just so much fairer, even if it does mean delaying results.
Personally, I'd rather wait a few days to find out who wins close elections if the trade off is that as many eligible voters as possible get a chance to exercise their franchise.
I would quibble that the 17th calls for a popular vote for senators but does not define voter eligibility.
Still, I'll cede to your point - it's much more than driving privileges.
Let's say it'a an acknowledged defacto right but not an uninfringeable capitalized Right.
Don't forget the 15th Amendment, Section 1.
Here's what I want to know.
When we vote by mail for Federal offices, why are they collected by local election boards and added up under those and state offices?
Seems to me that if the election is Federal, all the votes should be mailed into a Federal elections office in Washington DC.
Too bad republicans will never allow it and will break as many laws as they can to disenfranchise everyone.
Also sucks that so many democrats only ever cast votes for president and for American idol and are otherwise too ignorant and apathetic to actually vote out the lower grade, local and state republican fucks in this nation.
Second BTW: I would LOVE voting by mail. Go Washington/Oregon for such good ideas.
So if requiring an ID to register to vote is out, what other avenues of voter suppression are out there? I guess we'll soon find out.
Ok, I guess that's why the IRS doesn't work.