If you’re an Iowa Republican participating in the January 3 caucus, no photo ID is needed to vote

If you are a Republican participating in the Iowa caucus, you can vote without showing a photo ID. The Iowa Secretary of State’s web page shows how you can get anyone to attest who you are:

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If you cannot prove who you are and where you live with the documents listed above, a registered voter from your precinct may attest for you. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true.

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You can use an “Out-of-state driver’s license or non-driver ID card” and if that ID doesn’t have your address, you can show a paycheck stub.

Huffington Post’s Brad Friedman illustrated the point about how loose the voting rules are in Iowa if you are a Republican:

For all of their years of claims that massive voter fraud is going on at the polling place, such that photo ID restrictions are required to ensure the integrity of the vote, you’d think that when Republicans have a chance to run their own elections, they’d be sure to want it to be as “fraud”-free as possible.

Nonetheless, despite onerous polling place photo ID requirements now passed into law in about a dozen states where the GOP controls both the legislative and executive branches, voters will be able to cast their ballot in next Tuesday’s “First-in-the-Nation” Republican Iowa caucuses without bothering to show a photo ID — even though the Republican Party itself sets their own rules for voting there.

Unlike most primary elections where an official state election board or agency sets the rules and runs the registration and balloting processes, the Iowa Republican Party runs its own state caucuses, determines the rules, tabulates all the votes and announces the results to the public and media themselves. They have complete control over the entire process, and yet they don’t bother to ask their own voters to show a state-issued photo ID before casting their ballot.

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What’s funny is that blowhole Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus does a pretty good job as a pants-on-fire Joe McCarthy impersonator by implying that Wisconsin is “riddled” with voter fraud:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made a curious claim on MSNBC today, alleging that Wisconsin is a state “that was absolutely riddled with voter fraud.”

The problem? A recent study by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice found just seven cases of voter fraud out of three million votes cast in Wisconsin during the 2004 election, a fraud rate of 0.0002 percent. All seven of these cases involved persons with felony convictions who weren’t eligible to vote after being released from prison.

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The Republicans allow for Republicans to vote as Americans should be allowed to do and are against other Americans to be offered the same opportunity. Look no further than the video of Paul Weyrich, who helped start the Far-Right’s ghostwriting of legislation via American Legislative Exchange Council addressing how the war on voting has begun.

“I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people; they never have been, from the beginning of our country, and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
- Paul Weyrich

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