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Do voter ID laws make a difference?

You may have read my earlier view that everyone who is eligible to vote should do so. A debate has raged for years about what, if any, identification should be required at the polling place. For the political right, it is seen as a method to prevent voter fraud. They see “no ID required” as a situation where anyone can state their name, be given a ballot on nothing more than their word, and cast a vote. Widespread fraud could happen, so some sort of ID makes sense. Requiring a government-issued photo ID seems on the face of it reasonable, and I tend to agree. The political left has objections. Their conviction is that many people – the poor, people of color, the handicapped, and the elderly who are eligible to vote – may not already have a government-issued photo ID. They argue that many would find it extremely difficult to acquire one, due to the expenses involved in travel, acquiring supporting documents, and even paying for the ID itself. Some older documents might even be impossible to obtain. It is reasonable to believe there could be many instances. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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