Going through the review queue I rejected this edit because I thought it could be controversial. It changes the meaning of the post and makes it opaque who says what. Later the edit was approved.

Should it be?

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No, it should not be approved. This was my attempt to comply with MichaelKingsmill's suggestion that I should "improve his answer," in the comments to his answer. I protested, because I believed that there was no saving his answer. The entire answer was full of misinformation, so the only way to save it would be to note all the mistakes (striking out the incorrect statements), or deleting the answer. I didn't know if that was Michael's intent, because he deleted the comment thread. It was a misunderstanding on my part. Feel free to correct the errors, if you like.

  • "it is not accurate to say that every state has an alternative to the photo ID" (religious beliefs exemption)
  • Georgia actually is not a "strict photo id" state even though you list it as one, since it allows absentee voting with no photo id.
  • Tennessee has numerous exemptions
  • Kansas offers free Photo ID, free birth certificates, and free start voter id.

The part about the cost of birth certificates/marriage licenses is disingenuous since you never established that getting a Photo ID/Voter ID required obtaining a birth certificate. You are just doing what PBS is doing. Since a Concealed Carry Permit can be used as a form of Voter ID in Texas, I could say, "Finally, there is the cost of the documentation to secure the ID itself. The cost of a Concealed Carry Permit is $140. A CCP is required in some states to carry a concealed firearm."

The only information you have left is the cost of transportation, from a report from an advocacy group. That data may, or may not be accurate. The real problem, is that you didn't actually answer the question. Do “free” Voter IDs cost $25 in any state? Georgia and Tennessee don't require a Photo ID to vote (absentee), so you are left with Kansas which offers the documentation free of charge. If you can provided some estimates using maximum distances from any location to a DMV office, you might have a valid answer.

  • Michael didn't delete any comments, I did, I felt the conversation was going in circles, and comments aren't suitable for extended discussions. Thanks for taking the time to expand your edits into an answer, posting your own answer is the best response to answers you strongly disagree with.
    – yannis
    Jan 31, 2013 at 9:58

I am of the position that the edit should have been incorporated into a second answer by the original poster leaving the community to decide on the relative merits of the two responses. However, as the original answer in question is my own, I chose to leave it for the other trusted users to make the judgement so as to avoid an appearance of bias.

Given the controversial nature of these types of potential edits in the future, my vote would be to encourage separate answers but am open to other suggestions...

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    "as the original answer in question is my own, I chose to leave it for the other trusted users to make the judgement so as to avoid an appearance of bias." What? As the original answerer, you have the best knowledge and ability to know if the edits reflect what you want to say. Like I said, misunderstanding on my part.
    – user1873
    Jan 31, 2013 at 14:15

I apologize - I misread it the first time as desired edits. I agree - that the changes really were unwarranted and should be a separate answer. I have rolled back the changes (nothing is undo-able!).


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