This is actually a conversation that I had with one of my classmates, Richky Lie. I recalled that this conversation was held at lunch in the student lounge. There was a news at that time, reporting that the election comittee (KPU) will agree on the identity card suggestion to register for a vote.
We both look at each other and that’s where the conversation start. For a reason, Richky seems to be sceptic on the identity card as an alternative authentication to register for a vote at the presidential election. The reason was that it is in fact true that people that hasn’t got the opportunity to be registered at the voting booth can still vote if they show their identity card, telling that they are a citizen of Indonesia with the appropriate age to vote. However, this identity card alternative is still restricted to the region that the identity card is shown.
So, if you are a Semarang-born guy which lives in Jakarta, there is no way in hell you’ll get your voting right by registering at Jakarta in the case of your identity card is from Semarang. Plus, isn’t this alternative makes you wonder that there is a possibility to vote twice in different region? Say if you got the invitation letter in Jakarta to vote but your identity card is from Tangerang, you can vote twice in both of the region by showing the invitation letter in Jakarta and registering by identity card in Tangerang.
It is appalling that the government won’t invest on a data central to register which people has given their vote. In that, you don’t have to be in specific region to vote, you just go to the nearest voting booth, show your ID card and the officer will update the data central that you have given your vote. Then, everytime a person comes to the booth, they will be checked whether they have give their votes or not in the data central. I believe that if we employ this technique, there is no paper work to be waste for invitation letter and the bloating of registrant for voting rights can be reduced.