Foreign Election Officials Just As Amazed As We Are Over Silly American Voter ID Laws… Or Lack Thereof

You know our lack of voter ID laws is laughable (but very serious) when foreign election officials look at us and can’t figure out how we pull it off without cheating. Yeah guys… we feel the same way.


The most often noted difference between American elections among the visitors was that in most U.S. states, voters need no identification. Voters can also vote by mail, sometimes online, and there’s often no way to know if one person has voted several times under different names, unlike in some Arab countries, where voters ink their fingers when casting their ballots.

The international visitors also noted that there’s no police at U.S. polling stations. In foreign countries, police at polling places are viewed as signs of security; in the United States they are sometimes seen as intimidating.

Yes, it is a system built on trust. And yes, it is managed by a government the people do not trust.

It’s problematic to say the least.

P.S. I usually don’t care what foreign election official think of us. In this case, however, they have a good point.


  • Tom Davis

    Only in the USA can we omit voter ID’s and expect no cheating.
    Now that sure is a stupid comment!

  • Dan Stephens

    What an oximoron it must be. If I go to the poll to vote they ask for no ID. If I vote absentee they do not count the vote until they compare the signature on the ballot with the registration form to make sure it is me! Go figure.

  • Paula Parrish

    Voter ID required in Alabama before getting a ballot.

  • Jon

    TN requires a driver license or photo ID, a current voter’s registration card that you sign when it arrives, and; once you show up to vote these must be shown and you have to sign a verification certificate after the poll worker verifies you as who you claimed.

  • Daisy Villa

    That’s because those countries are not democratic

    • http://cox Cathy Dominguez

      Do you know America is supposed to be a Republic, when saying the pledge of allegience it says and “to the republic for which it

  • Chris Ellsworth

    Maybe instead of UN, we should have Mexican Observers enforcing Mexican ID laws. (they don’t allow the Shenanigans that we do).

  • Anthony N Natalie Pompa

    Voted this morning in CA and nobody in my polling place was checking ID’s.

  • LaDonna Duke

    Voted in Oklahoma and had to show ID before getting ballot.

  • http://cox Cathy Dominguez

    in Phoenix Az,id had to be shown before receiving ballot