Voter ID Laws

ID to vote

In the vital presidential election of 2012, voter ID laws have come to the forefront of American politics. Voter ID laws require identification to receive a ballot for an election. Exactly what they need to show varies. Some states require a government-issued photo, while in others a current utility bill or bank statement is sufficient. Yet sharp divisions have emerged as some states are investigating voter fraud with critics claiming that doing so borders on disfranchisement.

Because of America’s history, backlash exists against the ID laws and some claim they represent a form of a poll tax—which is prohibited by U.S. law. On Thursday, a federal court for the first time ruled against a voter ID law (in Texas) saying that it would harm the voting rights of minorities. It is being appealed to the Supreme Court—which has already upheld the legality of voter ID laws in an Indiana case “Flagrant examples of such fraud … have been documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists,” the court said.

Critics claim that voter ID discriminate against minority votes, because they are usually more affected, yet minorities are obviously also more likely to be illegal immigrants. Yet obtaining a photo ID can carry a cost up to $25 and some must travel up to 200 miles— thus why some claim that the laws disproportionally affect low-income earners and minorities. Some states like South Carolina and Wisconsin offer free IDs to voters who cannot pay.

Regardless, “In America today, a photo ID is required to buy beer, cigarettes, get married, get on an airplane and more” so why shouldn’t you be required to show a valid United States ID to vote? Moreover, a recent Washington Post poll showed that 74 percent of American adults supported voter ID laws, including 65 percent of African-Americans.

“Florida election officials announced that by cross-referencing voter rolls with driver’s licenses and other materials, they believed 2,600 registered voters were in fact not U.S. citizens, and that they were looking into the records of another 180,000 registered voters. Suspected noncitizens were then sent letters requiring them to confirm their citizenship in order to retain their voter rights.”

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