July 31, 2012
Opponents of voter identification are quick to argue that requiring a valid ID discriminates against minorities and disenfranchises legal voters. However, new data from the Office of Kansas Secretary of State indicate that new photo ID requirements are making it “easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
Contrary to the assertions of opponents to voter ID laws that there are large numbers of American voters without a government-issued photo ID, Kansas has had to issue a remarkably small number of IDs to individuals who did not already have one since its new law became effective—just 0.002 percent of registered voters.
In other words, most registered voters actually do have valid forms of ID. Therefore, the new Secure and Fair Elections Act of 2011, which requires valid photo identification, has not placed an undue burden on voters. Kansas’s law allows for nine different forms of photo identification, special exemptions for those who object to photo identification for religious reasons, and free government-issued photo identification.
During the local elections that have taken place since this law went into effect, only 84 of 68,047 voters did not present a photo ID. Most of these people simply forgot. While opponents of voter identification laws believe otherwise, Kansas is proving that requiring a photo ID at elections is not too much to ask.
Do you think voters should be required to present a photo ID in November?