Ohio Voters can list park benches as address to register to vote

United States
October 28, 2008 6:23pm CST
A judge in Ohio said that homeless people can use park benches as addresses on their voter registration. Of course we want to make sure the homeless can vote as long as they can prove they are citizens. But this worries me some because it does leave room for abuse. How will they verify that the person lives were they say they do? Homeless people do not exactly have ID that say Homeless on it. What do you think? How could this problem be solved but keep the fraud out?
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@soooobored (1187)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I am just thankful they are finding ways to address the homeless voter issue! I remember reading about how recently foreclosed homeowners wouldn't be able to vote in this election, and I hope that enough of them have had a chance to either register with their local homeless shelter or find a creative solution (i.e. above). I'm not too worried about the abuse, I would be far more worried from the homeless not having the opportunity to vote!
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• United States
29 Oct 08
Why wouldn't they be able to vote? If they were already registered it would not matter at all. they just show up with their ID and vote. now if they are not already registered than that could be an issue. But they should list the homeless shelter or the relative they are living at address and not just a park bench. There is just too much room for fraud. Unforunately there are shady people out there that will take advantage of this loophole.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Because the Republican party and the Democratic party mail out stuff to people that are registered to vote and put on it "do not forward" when it comes back to them the party then goes to the election board to have the voter purged.
• United States
29 Oct 08
but the judge says they have to be allowed to vote even if they can not prove they are residence of hte state. there is room for fraud. What if I live in a early voting state? I vote there and then go to another state that has this rule and pretend to be a homeless person and get to vote again? There has to a system set up that allows them to vote but then stop fraud.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Well being from Ohio I can say that we have been hit hard by forclosure here. We also have hundreds of thousands of jobs loss and so yeah we have a lot of homeless people. The homeless will have to vote in the precinct and still have to show their social security card to prove their identity.
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• United States
29 Oct 08
But how do they prove they are residents of the state? They have to be able prove that too. I agree we need to find a way for htem to vote. But we need to make sure that fraud does not happen either. The people who have lost their houses should have last years property taxes or the foreclosure paperwork to prove residencey.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Well I'm thinking that if they are homeless that on election day they won't be driving from state to state to vote more than once. Just because one is homeless does not mean they are awful people. Ohio Republicans have tried for years to supress voters here and most are very fed up with it.
• United States
29 Oct 08
That is the point....IF they are homeless. What if they aren't and they are jsut abusing th loophole in the system?
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 Oct 08
I bet that judge was an Obama supporter and he wants to get Obama in as president. Reminds me of the depression when politicians gave money and meals to rubbie dubs (hoboos and tramps) and the unemployed to get their votes. This opens up the system for abuse. And how would they know that the homeless maybe changed park benches and registered not just once or twice? What if he got a ride to another state and registered there?
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
29 Oct 08
We only have like a hand full of Democratic judges here in Ohio. The state government has been controlled by Republicans for years.
• United States
28 Oct 08
yeah, I'm glad the Judge took the stand to allow them to vote. its not perfect, but then its not a perfect world. I'm glad these guys are able to vote... because someday fairly soon, its not just "them" who are homeless...it will be "us" who are homeless. recession is coming, and likely without Gods mercy its going to be worse than the great depression of the 30's.
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@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I know this is just crazy. It does leave some room for fraud. I wonder if you can have mail delivered to a park bench? I can think of all kinds of things that can be done to make sure people are who they say they are...all probably against some law or civil liberty. I guess common sense is not a trait needed to be a judge.
• United States
29 Oct 08
it seems crazy to me. I thought to register to vote you had to be able to prove who you were and where you lived. That way they would know if they were qualified to vote in that state. What keeps someone from another nearby state from voting in their state then claiming to homeless there so he can vote twice.
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I do not understand this at all. Of course it leaves room for fraud. Why couldn't they register at a homeless shelter or something like where they go get meals (mission) or some place that could verify their existence. I just think this is very careless allowing park bnches for adresses. But who asked me? Oh that's right you did! LOL Have a great day!
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
29 Oct 08
This ruling seems really fishy. Especially because Ohio is one of the swing states and it could be here that Obama's and McCain's fate might be sealed. I agree with you that this is going to throw up a logistics nightmare!! Cheers! Ram
• Thailand
29 Oct 08
An interesting discussion to say the least. My situation is a bit unusual. I have already cast my vote by absentee ballot in Ohio. I am not a resident of Ohio and have not been for twenty years. For eighteen years I have not even been a resident of the United State but I am a U.S. citizen and place great value on my right and obligation to vote. I continue to vote in Ohio because that is where I am registered although I am no longer a resident and haven't seen the state in twenty years. I do think the judge made the correct decision. The right to vote is a precious thing. Any thing that empowers people to vote should be encouraged. Any move to disenfranchise people should be resisted. The risk of fraud is of little consequence compared to the crime of denying some one their basic right to vote.