Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Computerized Finger Imaging for Voter Registration

New Oklahoma House Bill 2592, introduced by Rep. David Perryman (D), would require all new voter registrants in Oklahoma to have their fingerprints scanned and entered into database. The database can be accessed by law enforcement by "court order."  

I have not heard Perryman comment upon his bill, or explain his motivation, but it appears his bill is intended to provide a means for those without voter id to still vote. Such people already have other options, so this seems to me to be a solution in search of a problem.

This opinion piece by Rep. Perryman from 2014 provides some clues. In it, he seems to be critical of the State of Oklahoma's reluctance to comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005, while also criticizing Oklahoma's new voter id law. Maybe he just really likes government databases.


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