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New voter photo ID laws: Preventing fraud or discriminating?

Aug. 16, 2012

If you’ve turned 18 and are excited about voting for the first time in the November election, you should know that you aren’t going to be able to just walk into the voting booth and cast your ballot. Most states require that voters show ID at the polls; some have what are called “strict” laws, meaning the ID must include a photo and only certain types of photo IDs are accepted.

Pennsylvania is one of 10 states to adopt a voter photo ID law in the last year. The law was challenged in state court, and a judge this month refused to block the law. In his opinion, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said that the law is nondiscriminatory and that blocking it now would “interfere” with the election process now under way. The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court. Other states’ photo ID laws also have been challenged in the courts. The Texas and South Carolina laws have been blocked by the Justice Department, but the states are challenging the federal action in court.

Supporters of stricter voter photo ID laws argue they are needed stop election fraud and keep noncitizens from voting while opponents contend that they prevent elderly, uneducated and minority citizens, who are less likely to have a photo ID, from voting. At the Pennsylvania trial, Matt Barreto, a political scientist from the University of Washington, testified that his analysis showed 1.3 million eligible Pennsylvania voters lacked a photo ID that would be acceptable under the new law.

Lorraine Minnite, a Rutgers University expert on voter fraud, countered the argument that voter fraud was a problem, testifying that it is “exceedingly rare.”

Opponents contend that the voter ID laws are part of election-year politics since all but one of the new laws were passed in Republican-led state legislatures. They argue that the strict voter ID laws target groups of voters who tend to vote for Democrats. In Pennsylvania, lawyers challenging the law pointed out that state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai described the law as an accomplishment at a Republican meeting. “Voter ID — which is going to allow governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania — done,” he said.

The groups challenging the Pennsylvania law say some voters who need a photo ID would have trouble getting out-of-state birth certificates, paying the cost of other documents or traveling to state offices to get the required state photo ID. However, Pennsylvania Senior Deputy Attorney General Patrick Cawley said the difficulties of obtaining documents and traveling to a licensing center to get an ID were no worse than going to the polls to vote.

In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board that states may require voters to show a photo ID. The court said Indiana’s requirements for specific government-issued IDs, such as a driver’s license or passport, were not enough of a burden to violate the Constitution. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the state law is a reasonable reaction to the threat of voter fraud and that there is “valid interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.”

The court ruling is one reason that some voter ID laws were challenged in state court instead of federal court, where constitutional challenges usually are filed. Challengers of voter ID laws have had some success arguing that the laws violate voting rights in state constitutions.

What do you think?

Are voter ID laws necessary to prevent election fraud? Are the voter photo ID requirements too strict? Do they prevent too many eligible voters from going to the polls? Does the integrity of the electoral process need to be protected? Are there other ways to prevent election fraud?

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10/15/2016
Sidney, MT
Michael
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that there is no reason to enact voter ID laws. Proponents of voter ID laws argue that these laws will help to eliminate people voting more than once or with using names that aren’t their own. They believe this opportunity of fraud compromises the integrity of elections. Proponents of the law also argue that because photo IDs are used to board a plane, purchase alcohol and tobacco, and drive a car, that most people in the United States have a photo ID anyways. However, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, 11 percent of voting age American citizens do not have the kinds of IDs that would be required to vote in some states that have passed these highly restrictive voter ID laws. The majority of the 11 percent consists of longtime voting seniors, minorities, and veterans. Voter fraud is also a very over exaggerated issue. Many instances of voter fraud often end up being accidental mistakes in poll books, registration records, and flat out mistake on the voter’s part. There have been hundreds of cases “fraud” ending up to be these simple mistakes. For example, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, “In New Jersey in 2004, 4,397 voters were alleged to have voted twice within the state, and 6,572 voters were alleged to have voted once in New Jersey and once elsewhere. Many of these alleged double votes were actually flawed matches of names and/or birthdates on voter rolls. Only eight cases were actually documented through signatures on poll books; at least five signatures appear to match. Even if all eight proved to reveal fraud, however, that would amount to an overall double voting rate of 0.0002%.” All in all, I believe enacting a law requiring voter IDs would solve a problem that does not exist, and in turn, reduce voter turnout because of another burdensome requirement needed to cast a vote

10/14/2016
Sidney, Montana
Justin
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voting is a huge part of the civic process, and it is the only way some people participate in politics at all. Protecting the integrity of these events is paramount. Elections often determine the future of our country and the future of our states alike by determining who the policy makers will be for a few years. A way most states protect elections is voter ID laws. The magnitude of these laws varies from not being able to vote if you lack a photo ID, or being able to vote by proving your identity a different way. I believe the government should enact voter ID laws. The main reason people do not like the voter ID is it will “decrease turnout” and “disenfranchise” minorities. Most people compare this law to poll taxes which blatantly disenfranchised minorities, but this is a false comparison. Photo ID’s are paid for by the government meaning that people must pay very little to obtain a photo ID. Poll taxes on the other hand targeted the poor while obtaining a photo ID was mad as easy and cost effective as possible by the state. The turnout issue is also nonexistent. Per a study done by the University of Missouri found that voter turn-out actually increased in Indiana after they enacted their photo ID law. This evidence shows that the people want an increased sense of security for their vote. A different study done by the Brennan center even proved minorities turnouts were hardly, if at all affected by Indiana’s Law. The study concluded that “concerns about voter identification laws affecting turnout are much ado about nothing.” Indiana has one of the strictest voter ID laws and still turnout is increased. Voter ID laws protect the integrity of elections and give people confidence in their vote.

10/14/2016
Sidney Montana
Megan
Mr. Faulhaber
I do not believe that ID's should be mandatory due to the amount of minorities that would be affected. Minority voting is already a huge struggle and adding ID cards would add to that struggle. With the costly amount of travel that is to be done, Making this much harder for the under class people who cant afford to get an ID. Yes, they make it sound so siple by saying "getting your ID is free" but getting all the stuff like your birth certificate, however is not. This can be for a costly amount of travel. All for what? The thing they call fraud that hardly even is an issue anymore. In my opinion having mandatory voter ID is not helping anyone.

10/14/2016
Sidney/Mt
christine
MR. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe we should enact a voter ID in order to vote because it will prevent fraud. Today we have ID’s for practically everything such as driving, getting a job, boarding a plane etc., why don’t we require it in order to vote? Although there is only a few documented cases of voter fraud doesn’t mean it won’t still happen. The state will also waive the fee for people who can’t afford it. Many say this is unconstitutional, but it is in fact a constitutional law because states are allowed to put restrictions in place.

10/14/2016
Sidney, MT
Quinlyn
Mr.Faulhaber
Having a photo ID is simply for everyone’s protection. You must have an ID to drive, get unemployment, to get social security, and even to get the medicine, the list goes on. With that being said we have those requirements to keep people safe and honest. Having voter ID requirements would make fraud go down in my opinion, more people would be held accountable about who they are. Requirements like this aren’t too strict as voter ID is only for citizen’s protection. No one would be prevented from going to the polls either. If you cannot afford an ID card the state will help you acquire one. We need to protect our voting; voting is what changes our nation for the better.

10/14/2016
Sidney/Montana
Zach
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voter laws are there to help keep the election as fair as possible for the candidates and people as well. When it comes to voter ID this is a different story when you look at the simple facts and statistics. Having data from the last five years there has only been 83 case where fraud has occurred. This shows that voter fraud does not happen enough to be a serious issue to lead to stricter voter laws. Especially since voter ID can be seen as a way to discriminate against minorities and others that may not have an ID. With that a large amount of Americans don’t have an ID an example is Pennsylvania with 1.3 million eligible voter that don’t have an ID. The right of people voting should be respected and not infringe upon simply because a person that could be an outstanding citizen does not have an ID. Instead of focusing on voter ID this election should be focusing on technology aspect of voting and if we have enough security in case if someone decides to hack the election. Instead we are focusing on restriction to people that don’t have an ID and can’t as easily get an ID which to me sound very unconstitutional.

10/13/2016
Sidney, MT
Dawson
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe voter IDs are a good idea. The concept of the voter ID is to prevent potential fraud in elections. The law may not be necessary, but I think it would help pinpoint the fraudulent voters. In some states, the ID laws are different. Indiana’s laws on voting IDs are an ideal set. They provide the person with an ID if they need it. The state of Indiana is a good example of how the state is trying to make the IDs more convenient for everyone, while also accomplishing the main goal of preventing fraud. Indiana offers IDs to people who do not already have one for free. If a person would want to get an ID, they would simply have to go to the DMV and take their picture. I think the IDs would help prevent fraud, without preventing eligible voters from participating. The question of voter IDs is the convenience. The states would have to find a happy medium, to ensure that they don’t decrease turnout. If they make the process too difficult, people may get lazy and not go vote anymore. If the state decides to provide the ID and make it as convenient as possible, then the ID is doing very little harm, while preventing a pretty serious problem. I think this is one of the simplest ways to prevent fraud while also keeping people at the polls. Personally, I think the concept of voter IDs is the best way to prevent fraud while also keeping the polls busy.

10/13/2016
Sidney, MT
Andrew
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
There are good intentions when considering that all people should provide an ID at the ballots, but this idea will hurt more people than it will help. For starters; what will having an ID requirement do that the general registration process won't? When citizens of the United States register to vote, they already have to provide a lot of personal information about themselves to be eligible, for example, Social Security information. In addition to that, they also have to be residents in a state, citizens of the US, and they cannot be convicted felons. It's understandable that this requirement could be used to prevent voter fraud, but there have only been 86 cases of fraud within the past 5 years. Voter fraud is not a major issue that is facing our country because of this. By requiring a form of identification at the ballots, it may place an undue burden upon those people that are less fortunate and haven't been able to receive some form of government identification. The process to getting an ID like a drivers' license can be costly and time consuming, possibly forcing some people to drive a few hours at a time to get one. While some people may claim that there is equal opportunity towards receiving one, some people just simply don't have one. Requiring an ID at the ballots of people do not have one is denying people who are less fortunate from their 1st Amendment right to freedom of expression. There are good intentions with this idea, but the result would be more detrimental than the issue that they are trying to prevent.

10/13/2016
Sidney, MT
Johren
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the new voter photo ID laws are another way of discriminating against minority citizens, not necessarily preventing fraud. Yes, there is an importance in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process, but voter fraud in today’s current electoral setting is seen as “exceedingly rare.” There are measures in place already set to ensure the honesty of the election, why spend taxpayer dollars… or go even further as to ask the American people to pay another fee to participate in a duty they have as an American citizen? According to the given article, “Most states require that voters show ID at the polls”. Another implementation and requirement of the American people prevents underprivileged citizens such as the poor, elderly, and other minorities throughout our society from voting and participating in their government. With this comes a large portion of the American people’s voice being left unheard and unrepresented. With voter fraud being such a minor issue, new voter ID laws would be a discrimination against an already underrepresented population of our nation that is characterized by its protection of minorities, not by attacking them.

10/13/2016
Sidney, MT
Tessa
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voter ID requirements are too strict, and, quite frankly, not necessary. These laws were created to prevent voter fraud which is not even a problem to begin with. Over 5 years in the early 2000s, the Justice Department convicted only 86 people of voter fraud. IDs for in-person voters doesn’t stop honest mistakes or fraud caused by errors in voter registration. Thus, there are very few cases and it does not swing elections in the slightest. Not only that, it prevents and unfairly impacts minority groups (the poor, the elderly, low income residents, people with disabilities, etc.) from voting and exercising their basic human right… just because they do not have a government-issued ID or the money to acquire one. This is discrimination. People FOR voter IDs would argue that obtaining one is easy and quick. However, the process is both time consuming and expensive and often times people are required to travel long distances, posing an even greater problem to those who cannot afford it. This will block millions of eligible American citizens from voting and disenfranchise many. No eligible citizen should have to pay to vote. Voting is a fundamental right, not a privilege.

10/13/2016
Sidney, MT
Landan
Mr. Faulhaber
I firmly believe that Voter ID's are entirely unnecessary, detrimental, and are designed to discriminate against voters who would normally vote democratic. As of August 12, 2016, there have been little to no cases of proven voter fraud that would be significant relative to the United States population. In addition, any law implementing the requirement of a photo voter ID upon voting could potentially disenfranchise millions of otherwise-eligible voters. For example, in Pennsylvania, if a voter ID law were passed then 1.3 million voters would not be able to exercise their right to vote, as they would be without the "proper" identification. The fact of the matter is that, as many states are now ruling, requiring voter ID's would discriminate against minorities, the poor, and the elderly by making it extensively harder for these groups to be able to exercise their right to vote. Even if said groups could get these identification materials for free, some would have to travel hundreds of miles at their own expense to receive the documents. This is an excessive strain needed to exercise one's fundamental rights, and therefore should be considered as unconstitutional and unnecessary.

4/7/2016
Sidney, MT
Sadie
Mr. Faulhaber
I think voter ID laws are a very good idea, it does prevent fraud. Also voter ID laws should be mandatory in preventing fraud by minimizing voter fraud. People in the past could get away with voting multiple times without anyone knowing or finding out. In the new voter photo ID law people no longer can vote multiple times and you must show who you are with some kind of ID.

3/30/2016
Sidney, MT
Coleton
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I believe that photo ID laws should be mandatory to help minimize voter fraud. In the past, people could stumble into voting booths multiple times and get away with it. This really distorted the honesty of elections. Photo IDs would fix this by minimizing the ability to vote multiple times under the same or different names.

3/24/2016
Sidney/MT
Brianna
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe the voter ID law should stay in effect. There are ID's that are not drivers licenses that a person could receive. There is nothing discriminatory about requiring a photo ID. You can't get on an airplane without a photo ID, so requiring it to vote is no different.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Austin
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I feel like a voter photo ID is not a strict requirement. I believe that everyone should have an ID to prevent fraud. It is not too hard to go out and get an ID for yourself. This is not a discriminatory action and applies to everyone.

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Desirae
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that requiring a voters ID is necessary to help prevent voter fraud, even if it is "exceedingly rare." It is not very hard to just go and get a photo id. It would take just as much time as going to the polls and voting. It may cost money, but what good doesn't come out of just having a photo id. It helps with many things, and is a way of proving who you are. The voter ID law is a good thing and should stay in place.

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Mattie
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I don’t think that voter ID laws are necessary to prevent election fraud because that will cause voters to not want to vote. These voter ID photo requirements are too strict because instead of having a specific voter card, you should just have to use your driver’s license. These requirements also cause people to lose interest in voting and eventually stopping them from voting.

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Harmonie Hampton
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don’t think that a voter ID is damaging any rights. I think that it is a good idea for people to have more security when voting. The ID will allow for only serious voters to have the chance to vote. Which I don’t find a problem. If coming up with a voter ID is too much then maybe you shouldn’t be voting.

3/18/2016
Sidney montana
Kyle Mueller
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
Voter ID laws are not a good idea becuase it just gives people another reason not to vote. The ID will discriminate against poor people who dont have to ability to get the photo ID. People always say there isnt enouph people who vote so my make it harder?

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Sierra
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe there is nothing wrong with requiring a voter ID to vote. If people really want to vote they would take the necessary steps in order to vote. If there were other ways to prevent voter fraud then we should definitely take those steps to make voting an easier process for those eligible. As Lorraine Minnite testified , Voter fraud is "exceedingly rare."

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Mason
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Voter ID laws are a good idea on paper, but how are more rules and regulations on voting going to help? Why would u need a voter ID when you have a license or some other form of identification?

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Dylan
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voter photo ID should be required. The process of getting an ID is not that hard. It is not discriminatory because all people need it to vote. They should not be voting if they can't afford to get a photo ID.

3/18/2016
Sidney/MT
Ryan
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that voter ID laws seem like a good idea, but would keep too many people that want to vote from voting. I am not sure what would be a better way to prevent voter fraud, but I think it is better to have a litte voter fraud than to not allow millions of people to vote with something like a voter ID law.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Katlyn
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that voter ID's should be required but make them easier to get. If we make the rules too strict and complicated many people will not vote. On the other hand, if the person really would like to vote they will take the necessary steps to do so. They should be required to vote while including more ways to recieve a voter ID.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Heather Chreiman
Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I think that if a person really wants to vote they won't mind having a voters photo ID law. If an 18 year old is so excited to vote they should be resposible enough to get/ have an ID. You already have to have a form of ID to do tons of other things. A voters ID law should be required.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Trista
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High Schools
I believe that there should be a required voter ID. I believe it is a good way to lessen voter fraud. But I think you should be able to use any form of identification. Just like in order to take money out of a bank account you have to have identification. So overall I don't believe it is to hard to get and if you really wanted to vote you would find a way to get an ID.

3/18/2016
Sidney/MT
Taryn
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that is not necessary to have a new voter photo ID laws. If we haven't had a lot of problems with fraud right now, I don't think we should change the system.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Hunter Nice
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If voter ID's are put in place to prevent the fraud they say is happening, I feel like voter ID's are a good idea for this reason. A drivers license could count as a voter ID. It is really that simple in my opinion.

3/18/2016
Sidney, Montana
Kaitlyn T.
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I do not think that this will be a good idea. It will prevent purposeful voters from voting. Voter ID laws will hinder the vote rather than help it. People could also find a way to fake a voter ID just as they have found a way to falsify a driver's license.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Clay Fox
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
In my opinion requiring voters to provide an I.D. is a little unnecessary. I can see the reasoning behind a few of their arguments, but overall those who oppose the law have a better argument. Voters who are elderly, young, an or a minority have a reduced voting rate because of the reduced number of those with I.D.'s in those social groups. To me it is unfair and needs to be looked at a little closer.

3/18/2016
Sidney/ MT
Kelsie
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don't believe that voter IDs should be required in order to vote. They say it's to prevent fraud, but voter fraud rarely ever happens. It discriminates against poor people who don't have IDs and takes away their right to vote if they don't have one. We already have low voter turnouts and if we made the process harder, less people would come out and vote.

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Tel Hermanson
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that there should be voter ID's required to vote. I agree with the fact that it will lessen the chance of fraudulent voting and prevent people who are citizens of the United States from voting. I think that it is not discriminatory because it applies to all people. If people really want to vote they will take the necessary steps in order to be able to vote.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Kade Jacobson
Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
If this was truly capable of preventing the "incredibly rare" chance of a person committing voter fraud, I am for it, but at the same time voter ID’s are capable of preventing a person who is not trying to commit voter fraud from voting in the first place. As the article says it is a complication for people to retrieve out-of-state birth certificates, those who cannot afford to get a voter ID, and those who are too old to acquire one in the first place. In the end the concept of voter ID is a great idea as long as it does not inhibit everyone else.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Chelsey
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
The registration process itself prevents people from voting in the first place. Creating another thing, such as the voter ID law, would prevent an even larger amount of people from going to the polls. If the worry is about fraud, than the focus should not be voting fraud but on identity theft, and other more pressing issues. The government would again be wasting money, and creating unnecessary holes to jump through.

3/18/2016
Sidney, Montana
Danielle
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I do not believe that voter ID's are necessary for voting. Like in the article they explained that fraud was very rare so basically, if there isnt even a problem with faud they we should take action against it until it becomes a real problem. Even with voter ID's fraud can still happen.

3/18/2016
Sidney/MT
Preston
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney high school
The idea of requiring ID to vote in the presidential election is not a bad idea in theory but with requiring an ID to vote it would cause a great number of citizens not to vote.

3/18/2016
Sidney/Montana
Dominic
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
An ID for voting seems quite useless and a waste of money. Having to get an ID specifically for voting would cost more money for voters and even discourage some voters. Also very rare that voter fraud works and I see no purpose in needing an ID.

3/18/2016
Sidney, MT
Nick
Mr.Faulhaber
Voter ID laws are not necessary to prevent election fraud. I have never heard of election fraud being a problem until now. I can see why this may seem like a good idea, but going through the process of getting a picture ID may be complex for some folks. The elderly, for example, have been voting for years and possibly don't have the valid ID to present at the voting polls. With this being said, fewer people will be able/willing to vote. The requirements, I would have to say, are not TOO strict, but ridiculous. The integrity of the electoral process does need to be protected, but this whole “ID requirement” has affected many people whose vote matters, and should be allowed to vote. There has to be a different way to prevent election fraud. I understand that laws can't and will NOT always please everyone, but I think that there has to be a more efficient way of handling this.

3/18/2016
Sidney/MT
Preston
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney high school
The idea of requiring ID to vote in the presidential election is not a bad idea in theory but with requiring an ID to vote it would cause a great number of citizens not to vote.

3/18/2016
sidney, MT
Lane
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I think you should have to have a voter ID to vote. It could prevent non citizens from voting.

3/17/2016
Sidney/Montana
Michael
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I would say that I see where they are going with voter ID and that they want to stop the "incredibly rare" prospect of voter fraud in our elections. This can be a double edged sword though, because also stated, a large amount of people won't be able to vote or obtain these voter ID's because of financial problems.

3/17/2016
Sidney, MT
Marlee
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don’t believe voter ID laws are absolutely necessary but I also believe they do help with fraud. I think that the photo ID requirements are a little too strict. They should be able to allow other types of IDs other than driver’s licenses and passports for people who do not have those. I think it does prevent some people from going to the polls but I also think some people are just too plain lazy to do either. While the electoral process should be protected, it should not be overly protected that only a selected few are able to vote. Voting is a major part of a democracy and not allowing some people to vote makes the process very undemocratic. I think that they could definitely find other ways to prevent fraud. One way could be making an ID card only for voting and it could be given once people register. A great idea would be if the government would also register people once they reach the age of voting so that no one would have to go through the long process themselves and then the government could send them their voter ID card.

3/17/2016
Sidney,MT
Dillon
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voter ID's is necessary to identify people in some ways you need to know more information about them. In fact it will prevent voting Fraud and it is more safe for everyone if you are od enough to make decisions as important to use an ID to buy things that you need to show proves that you are responsible enough to be consider an adult then you can use it to vote. I think that the electral process need to be protected just the same way as they have for this so many years it prevents their social security card with them it will prevent election cause knowing what kind of people show up to vote.

3/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Tayler F
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that voter ID laws are not necessary to prevent election fraud. I don't think that there is enough voter fraud in the United States, nor do I think that voter IDs would stop much fraud because of how easily accessible and common fake IDs are. Having these laws would also make voting much more of a hassle and there is already a low voting rate among citizens. Voter ID laws aren’t fair either because they are helping the Republicans. As the opponents in the article say, “… strict voter ID laws target groups of voters who tend to vote for Democrats.” I think that voter ID laws prevent many citizens from voting.

3/16/2016
Sidney, MT
Mikayla Holley
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voter I.D. laws prevent only the rarest cases of fraud, in which, some don't even have a justification for their actions. I do believe we should loosen the laws to an extent. I find it unnecessary to prevent an issue that wasn't even an issue beforehand.

3/16/2016
Sidney/MT
Matt
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
Voter ID laws could prevent fraud and non citizens from voting but who is to say you can't just get a fake one.

3/15/2016
Sidney/Montana
Lexi Haggerty
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that we should have voter ID laws. Having these laws prevents illegal immigrants from voting. Having voter ID laws prevents fraud in the voting process. Some people may say its discrimination requiring someone to show their ID before voting. In all reality it is just a safer measure of precaution to prevent fraud and other things. The only problem with continuing voter ID’s is that people can just as easily go out and get a fake ID and present that to the people who look at them. If someone really wants to vote that’s all they have to do is go out and get a fake ID.

3/15/2016
Sidney, Montana
Christian Eggar
Mr. Faulhaber
In my opinion I believe that we need to have Voter I.D. laws for the sake of voter fraud. my reasoning behind this is that we have to much fraud going on. In my opinion it is not discrimination to certain groups of the U.S. citizen pool. In my opinion saying that it is discriminating against certain groups is just a cop out for people. I think to many times we have to make everything about how we as whites for example are racist. Well I think its time for us to WAKE UP and know that it is not discriminating on any form AT ALL. If everyone is required to do it then it is not discrimination. So in conclusion, I believe that we need to implement voter I.D. laws and require it in every state. Thank-you for your time.

3/15/2016
Sidney Montana
Micala Morehouse
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I believe that voter ID laws are not necessary to prevent election fraud. I believe that voter fraud is not a major problem in elections. There are even experts of fraud that believe that voter fraud is “exceedingly rare”. I believe that the requirements that some states have are too strict because not everyone is able to obtain an ID that has a photo on it. I believe that they do prevent too many eligible voters from going to the polls. There are many people that are not eligible due to lack of money to get driver’s licenses and or a photo ID. I believe that there are other ways to prevent election fraud. If I could prevent it I would make a national database with everyone’s registration information and where they are from, and if by some way they are voting in a county or region that they have not lived in or do not live in then it freezes and contacts the person directly.

3/14/2016
Sidney MT
Quinn McGlothlin
Mr.Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
In my opinion I think that voter ID laws should be required. Voter ID laws should be required because it helps with there not being fraud in voting. Voting should not be simple for a person who doesn’t care about the voting or someone who doesn’t know anything about what they are voting for. If someone really wants to vote and knows who they are voting for will go out and get an ID. I think that voter ID laws do not discriminate people form voting and I don’t think that voter ID laws should be outlawed by the government or by the states.

2/22/2016
Murrieta/CA
Trevor
Mr.J
i believe that voter id is easy to get and i thin it really shoulnt be necassry to need a voter id just to do some thing that says you need to be 18 but is relibe to look at but a id is easy enough to get for what i know of??

11/5/2015
Sidney, MT
Shanan
Zueger
I believe that voter ID is just a way to discriminate against certain citizens of the United States. We have seen before that most Americans only vote during the presidential election and midterm elections, and significantly less vote in local elections. Why make it harder for United States citizens to carry out their civic duties? Why take away their rights? There has been evidence shown that only certain IDs are taken at the polls. There is a good majority of IDs that are turned away and deem people ineligible to vote. The issue here is that we are turning away the citizens that actually care enough to vote and disenfranchising them. Evidence has shown also that there is a very, very small amount of cases of voter fraud.

11/4/2015
Sidney, Montana
Danny
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
Voter ID laws aren’t about making sure voter fraud doesn’t happen. It is a subtle way for select groups of people to control who will come out on Election Day. The heart of the issue is Voter ID laws suppress voting rights of minorities and economically disadvantaged citizens to help the Republican Party during elections. Quickly analyzing three key components of this, Voter ID laws, voter fraud, and the minority impact, it becomes clear that the focus of this law isn’t about fraud. The Voter ID laws, according to a PBS article, are designed to confirm a person’s identity and to prevent voter fraud. That is only taken at face value. Delving deeper into the issue of fraud, the same PBS article stated that a majority of all voter fraud comes from mail-in ballots where such strict ID laws aren’t implemented and the enforcement of these laws at voting centers is based on a different motive. The Annenberg research from Lorraine Minnite says that fraud is exceedingly rare. Minorities and economically disadvantaged would be the most drastically effected by these laws. In Pennsylvania alone there were 1.3 million people that didn't not have ID's that would match the law’s standards. All though some people’s intent of voter ID laws is to prevent fraud, which is a valid concern, the underlying effect of these laws would prevent minorities and economically disadvantaged from participating in the voting process preventing those people who would normally vote democratic. We must not limit people’s freedoms to vote and prevent discriminatory ID laws from being passed.

3/10/2015
Warminster, PA
Mr. Firmani
Archbishop Wood
If voter fraud is rare then requiring photo ID seems to be without reason. However, if we are required to show ID in order to buy cigarettes or in order to drive , then why should voting be any different.

10/14/2014
Sidney Montana
Tate
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I have come to think that voter ID's are not a necessity for voting. It said in the article that voter fraud was "exceedingly rare". I believe that because of the Tenth Amendment that states have the ability to do this. I feel that the government needs to step out because if they make the voter ID's legal then 1.3 million people are unable to vote because they lacked a photo ID that would be acceptable under this silly law. Even if we make voter ID's legal the fraud would still continue. So, I feel that the states should just keep it the way it is so they can still have a somewhat smooth electoral process.

10/13/2014
Sidney/MT
Kory (Beast)
Mr. Faulhaber/MT
I believe that voter ID's are not are necessary requirement to vote. I do not argue that states have the ability to do this because of the Tenth Amendment. But, I really think that voter fraud is so miniscule in the U.S. today that there is no need for government intervention. In fact, a Rutgers University expert on voter fraud, Lorraine Minnite, states that it is "exceedingly rare". The main point of my argument would be that voter ID's do more harm to the VEP than good. It shows in analysis by Matt Barreto of the University of Washington that approximately 1.3 million people would become disenfranchised in Pennsylvania because of the requirement of a voter ID. The amount of people committing voter fraud would represent a tiny fraction compared to this amount. Also, even with as little voter fraud as there is, a voter ID will not stop it. People will find others such as bribing government officials. So, for many reasons I believe that states should keep the requirements that they have to ensure the best electoral process possible.

10/13/2014
Sidney/Montana
Adam
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
If there is not proof of someone being an eligible voter it could hurt the election more than it could help. The U.S currently has a voter fraud problem and due to this if there is not proof or ID that that person has to show, it could make an important or devastating change in an election. A total of 35,750 voters with matching first and last names and date of birth were registered in North Carolina and another state, and voted in both states in the 2012 general election. This is in just two states, voter fraud is not a small problem.It is not unconstitutional in any way to make people have to have a voter ID and it helps stop voter fraud. If a voter does not believe that they should have to show they are an eligible voter they should probably not be voting anyway. Voter ID helps people more than it hurts because it will show the people who care about voting and that means the elections will be chosen from more educated people because they were willing to take the short amount of time to get the ID. Getting voter ID also shows that you care about what happens in your country because you are willing to do whatever it takes to make it better. Judge Robert Simpson said, "the law is nondiscriminatory" and because of this there is no reason not to make a voter ID. In Kansas there was 100,000 less voters in the 2012 election because of the voter ID laws passed that year. Since that election Kansas has had improvements in energy, citizenship surveys have had improved satisfaction, and more people have had improvements in living all over Kansas. So that shows that the voters chose the right people for their job and all those people who voted had voter IDs. This is a States decision because of the 10th Amendment, but this should be taken to Federal government and Voter ID should be made mandatory in all states.

10/12/2014
Sidney/Montana
Cody
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voter ID laws are not necessary to prevent election fraud. A drivers license should be sufficient and voter IDs are definitely too strict and uneconomical. Requiring voters to get these ID's will only discourage them from voting, decreasing America's already low voter turnout. Not to mention that the law is totally Republican biased. Voting is meant to be an activity for citizens, and adding another restriction is going to discourage the input from the people that our representative democratic state is based around. Actually thinking all citizens will want to put in extra time, energy, and money just to vote is irrational. Providing drivers licenses and/or a secondary document like a social security card or birth certificate should be a sufficient and economical way of identifying one's self at election time.

10/12/2014
Sidney/Montana
Kortney
Brad Faulhaber
I don't think voter ID laws are necessary to prevent election fraud. Rutgers University expert Lorraine Minnite testified that there is hardly a problem with voter fraud. I think we should be more worried about the 11 million illegal immigrants getting into our country instead of preventing them to vote for what they believe in or have the knowledge for. Almost every other comment I've read has something to do with illegal aliens, but really the problem isn't them voting, it's the fact that they're already in our country. If they have been here for long enough to have a general understanding of the United States and who they beleive would be best to run our country, they should be able to vote. If we had to have laws, I would think they could be any type of ID card (license, passport etc). I think that if you have common understanding about the election process, who's running for what, and the government you should be able to vote regardless of a voter ID. If there isn't a problem with fraud, I don't think we should be wasting our time on something so minute when there are bigger problems. There are some people, like me, who don't always carry their ID on them, and some people may lose their license and may not have it on election day. If you are a citizen of the United States and eligible to vote, you shouldn't have to show some ID for it. Many people also have fake IDs, so until that problem is also solved I don't think voter fraud really is that huge of a deal.

10/12/2014
Sidney/MT
Logan
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
In my opinion, voter ID laws are necessary. It isn't that voter fraud is a major problem, but voting should not be made so simple that people who don't care or have little knowledge can cast their ballots. The laws are not too strict because they are preventing people who don't care from voting. Most eligible voters should have some sort of ID; this is not an unreasonable expectation. Voter ID laws are not discriminatory, and they should not be outlawed by the states or federal government.

10/12/2014
Sidney/Montana
Brady
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Election fraud is definitely not as big of an issue as it once was. Before 1890, the political parties printed the ballots and voting was often done in public, resulting in voter fraud and inaccurate results. After 1890, the government issued 'Australian ballots.' These ballots were consistent in shape and cast in private. As a result, voter fraud was cut back and has become, "exceedingly rare," according to the expert on voter fraud Lorraine Minnite. I disagree with Tucker and think the photo ID requirements are too strict. They tend to, "prevent elderly, uneducated and minority citizens...from voting." This is not fair to these citizens, especially considering they have a Constitutional right to vote. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, up to 11 percent of voters do not have a government-issued photo ID. If this photo ID law were to be accepted by every state, thousands of votes would be lost and the opinions of countless Americans would not be expressed. A better way to eliminate the rare voter fraud would be to get rid of the punch-card ballots and use standardized ballots country-wide. Everyone has the right to vote, and that right should be protected.

10/12/2014
Sidney/Montana
Taylor
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Voter ID laws are not necessary to prevent election fraud. The voter photo ID requirements are too strict. People already go out of their way to vote, so they should not be required to take an extra step when voting time comes. The government is supposed to encourage people to vote, and by putting another burden on voters' shoulders, they are making voting more of a hassle. Some people are already so busy that they do not have the time to make a separate trip to state offices to get the required state photo ID. The integrity of the electoral process does need to be protected, but not in this manner. Election fraud is not that big of a problem. If someone wants to vote, let them. Lorraine Minnite, a Rutgers University expert on voter fraud, said that voter fraud is "exceedingly rare." We should not be making people buy other documents with money out of their own pockets when they are already required to pay for many other things, including taxes. This could prevent minorities from voting, which is not fair. That would go against the 14th and 15th Amendment of the Constitution. Furthermore, opponents of these requirements said, "...the strict voter ID laws target groups of voters who tend to vote for Democrats." That is unfair in that it is helping the Republicans. Overall, the voter photo ID requirements are preventing too many eligible voters from going to the polls.

10/12/2014
Sidney/MT
Holly
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Being required to have a voter ID is more discriminatory than preventing fraud and it is way too strict. I agree with Anthony from Watertown Massachusetts. He said "The number of people voting is bad as it is, and this will just continue to decrease the number of people that go and vote." With having more and more requirements, less and less people will vote and have their opinion heard. As Lorraine Minnite says that vote fraud is "exceedingly rare," these voting ID requirements is just discriminating people who do not have ID's. People who do not have ID's are usually elderly, uneducated, and minority citizens. These groups tend to vote democratically so Republicans are usually the people trying to enforce this requirement so their party gets more votes. There are other ways to prevent election fraud without discriminating these groups.

10/12/2014
Sidney/ Montana
Christian
Brad Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The issue of the voter ID should be left up to the states and not be decided by the federal government. There is some vote fraud but it is always well below 1% so it is not a real problem anyways. Lorraine Minnite, a Rutgers University expert on voter fraud, countered the argument that voter fraud was a problem, testifying that it is “exceedingly rare.” The voter ID requirements are not too strict. It is just as easy to get a drivers license as it is to get to an area to vote. The ways to prevent election fraud is just to provide a SS number and a physical form of citizenship. Such as a pay-stub, utility bill, a school report card, or a passport.

10/12/2014
Sidney/Montana
Sean
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I don't believe there should be any need for voter ID. Everyone should have the right to vote, it's one of the biggest and most important ideas of what America is. If we were to require people to have specific documentation of who they are, when a driver's license or other form of identification would do the same, it would put of many people, specifically poor ones who tend to vote Democratic. I believe this is a way for Republicans to try and secure an election, and that this is another form of discouraging people from voting. Also, it has been stated by Lorraine Minnite, a Rutgers University expert on voter fraud, that voter fraud is "exceedingly rare", and I believe this is an issue that people are blowing out of proportion. All people who live in America should have the right to vote, and requiring a voter ID would be discriminatory and unnecessary.

10/12/2014
Sidney/MT
Hailey
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney
I believe that the voter ID's should be necessary even though fraud is "exceedingly rare". I think that if you really care enough to vote you will get an ID to be able to cast your vote. I do believe the photo ID requirements are a little to strict. If they are going to make you show an ID I think there should be an ID that you get when you register to vote, so everyone can get one. I think that the eligible voters who don't have the right photo ID's are not being prevented from going, because they are not taking the initiative to get an ID so they probably don't care all that much. I do believe the electoral process does need to be protected so that people do not manipulate the polls. It also is not a violation of the Constitution and Justice John Paul Stevens made a good point when he said, "state law is reasonable reaction to the threat of voter fraud and that there is a valid interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process." All in all, I believe photo ID's are very necessary.

10/11/2014
Sidney, Montana
Mark
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I don't believe that voter ID laws should be necessary. Election fraud is extremely rare. In a study done by Justin Levitt of New York University Law, he states,“Many of the claims of voter fraud amount to a great deal of smoke without much fire…Most allegations of fraud turn out to be baseless—and that of the few allegations remaining, most reveal election irregularities and other forms of election misconduct, rather than fraud by individual voters. The type of individual voter fraud supposedly targeted by recent legislative efforts—especially efforts to require certain forms of voter ID—simply does not exist.” With this misconception of voter fraud its hard to believe that voter IDs should be necessary. However, lack of voter participation should not be based on whether a voter has an ID or not. This could cause educated voters to be turned off to the voting process. Because I don't believe that election fraud is that big of a deal, I don't believe there should be any regulations put in place to counteract it.

10/9/2014
Sidney/Montana
Tucker
Mr Faulhaber
Although there is little voting fraud, the voter ID prevents attempts. No the voter requirements are not too strict and it is in fact easy to get the required Identification for voting. Eligible voters, if they care, will care enough to get the proper information to vote. Voter integrity does need to be protected, and to do so voters must be determined eligible by ID.

3/11/2014
Bellville NY
Gregory
Miss Colby Belleville Henderson
I think that the new voter ID laws were a great idea to make elections more honest. Also it is nice to see that the person on the card is the person infront of you. On another note i do see where people would be offended, but this is the world we live in today and now. But without this law who's to say that someone who says he/she is you and walks into the booth and votes under your name and he/she's name.

3/10/2014
Belleville/ NY
Skyllar
Miss Colby/ BHCS
The photo ID law is a good idea. It a better idea to see the face and the card to make sure its the right person. Its also harder to prevent fraud.

3/9/2014
Belleville, NY
Hannah
Miss Colby
I think photo ID should be used in all states. Many aliens try to vote and because of sketchy laws, many have their vote count. Voters should have to show whoto ID, like a driver's license, to be able to vote. There could be some policies they don't, but it should be enforced in some states that illegal aliens reside.

3/9/2014
Belleville/New York
Bre
Colby/BH
Voter ID laws are issued to prevent fraud. It makes the election more accurate knowing that some one who voted stole some one else's identity just to vote. Photo ID is not very hard to get especially since most people over 18, do have a license with a picture of them on it. This does not prevent voters from going to the polls, since it is their choice whether they really want to go vote or not.

3/9/2014
Belleville Henderson
Jake
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
In my opinion, I think that new voter ID laws would be a great idea in order to help stop fraud. By having these new voting laws, it will prevent voting fraud and create a better and more honest election system. Without the new voter ID laws, anyone could walk into a voting booth and cast a ballot and they could be an illegal in our country. The new voting laws will be an asset to our country.

3/9/2014
Belleville,NY
Chelsea
Miss Colby/ Belleville Henderson
Photo ID laws are like a 'better safe than sorry' option. they prevent fraud everyday which is good. of course there are opinions which say asking for photo ID is too much. but would people rather deal with something over- safe or deal with fraud?

3/8/2014
Belleville, NY
Ashley
Colby Belleville Hendderson
I don't think showing ID to vote is discriminating at all. In all honesty we have illegal immigrants in our country that are voting, and they are not American citizens, therefore they cannot vote in our elections. So in order to stop these illegal immigrants from voting states are adopting the voter ID laws. I think it's an excellent idea because these illegal immigrants are being promised things if they vote for a certain candidate, and because of all the illegal immigrants voting the best man isn't winning anymore. The Constitution specifically says only U.S. citizens can vote, and I believe we should allow voter photo ID to stop fraud. This is discriminating, it's protecting against fraud and following the path our Constitution laid down for us.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Abbey
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
I think that it is a good idea to enforce voter ID laws in order to prevent fraud. This is just a way to be even more accurate in the voting process, I don't believe that the requirements are too strict. The voting process is serious business, and the more accurate we can be, the less fraud there will be and the better we can become. This may be the best way to prevent election fraud. If you are honest about everything, than there shouldn't be anything for you to worry about.

3/7/2014
NY
Tiffani
BHCS
hmmmm i like the photo ID crackdown. its disciplinarily wise so that there's more accurate elections

3/7/2014
14832
thurman
belleville
Preventing fraud its harder to pretend you are some one else when there is a picture that states that either you are you or you are not who you pretend to be

3/7/2014
Belleville NY
Milinda
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I think its a good idea because they tell who you are so theres less of a chance of fraud coming about. Its also a good idea because they can tell how old you are, and prove that you can vote. It also makes it so noncitizens dont come over here and try voting. I dont think its discriminating at all i think its protecting the right to vote at the right age and being a citizen and helping us as a country.

3/7/2014
Belleville New York
Daniel
Miss. Colby Belleville Henderson
I think that photo id laws should be allowed. This will prevent people from cheating when they vote. If you are who you say you are then you should have no problem bringing a photo id of yourself before you vote, or some other form of identification.

3/7/2014
NY
Jamez
BHCS
Photo ID is totally okay to ask for. Some crooked politician could pay a busload of people to vote in one place then move them to another and have them vote again.

3/7/2014
belleville, ny
emmily
colby/bhcs
the idea of the photo id laws is smart because it proves who you are and that your someone who can vote. and if your really have a problem with proving it you shouldnt be voting because it protecting our voting system by preventing fraud.

3/7/2014
NY
Christine
Ms. Colby/BHCS
I think the requirement of ID to vote is completely fair. It will make it harder for aliens to vote and that's a good thing seeing as they don't have the right to begin with. Only citizens of the US should be allowed to have a say in who become president and so forth.

3/7/2014
New York
Alan
Belleville Henderson
The concept of voter Photo ID laws makes perfect sense. People who vote should be legal citizens of the United States only. By adding Photo IDs, we can bring down the level of cheating that goes along with elections. If you register early enough, people who turn 18 should be able to get a Photo ID in plenty of time before the day of elections. The American citizen should make the decisions that impact our country, not illegal aliens.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Kristin
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I like the idea of the photo ID laws. I like the idea of having to prove who you are , and having to prove you're allowed to vote. I don't feel like showing ID is that big of a deal, and if it is then maybe it's because you're not supposed to be voting.

3/7/2014
NY
Tyler
Colby
Photo ID at the voting polls is not only to prevent fraud but it is also very smart. We don't need a bunch of minorities coming to our country and voting for our president.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Jess L.
Rimas/WatertertownHighScool
Election fraud is bigger than many Americans realize and something needs to be done about it. Voter ID laws can help prevent this. The requirement of a photo ID is difficult for some people to obtain but not too difficult or costly. The laws do not prevent citizens from voting, it is simply requiring them to obtain proof that they are eligible to vote. The integrity of the electoral process need to be protected and this is the most logical way to protect it.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Anthony
Rimas, Watertown Highschool
I disagree with the new voter photo ID laws. It is not necessary to show an ID when you are going to vote. The number of people voting is bad as it is, and this will just continue to decrease the number of people that go an vote. Voting is important and for there to be fewer and fewer people voting, this will reflect in the ballots of the town or city, state, and even for the entire country.

1/6/2013
Montgomery, Texas
Mattson M.
Metzger/MHS
I 100% believe in new Voter ID laws if you have a problem with showing somthing so small as your Photo Idenification then chances are you are the fraud voter or Illeagal Immigrant/Minority the the law is suppose to keep from voting at the polls. If it was Discrimatory against minorities then we would only ask suspecious looking characters for their photo ID. If it was some scam against the Democratic party to discorage their voters then all Democtats would be asked to show their Photo ID, while Republicans were free to vote. The Law applies to everone no one is above it no one is below it, if you dont want to Exercise your right as an American Citizen and vote then shame on to you.

12/9/2012
CA
Yovana
MHS
Voter ID laws are not necessary to prevent election fraud. I think it is simply another way to discourage people to go out and vote by adding more requirements. It could prevent many eligible voters from going to the polls. The integrity of the electoral process does not need to be protected. In any case more ways should be found to encourage people to vote rather than discourage them.

12/3/2012
Benson, AZ
Aly
Sorensen
I believe that the voting ID law should be inforced everywhere. Many people would like to vote but they have no identification or just dont bring it in. I believe that if we want to vote properly and fairly then we need to enforce these laws everywhere.

11/30/2012
Porterville, CA
Weston
Smith/MHS
Voter ID laws are absolutely necessary to prevent election fraud. Obtaining photographic identification is not strict at all. I read that one state was going to use taxes to distribute the ID for "free". These laws do not prevent anyone from voting that is supposed to be voting. By the way, voter fraud doesn't have to be "widespread". All it takes is one vote to get all of the electoral votes.

11/7/2012
Rudyard/ Mt
Drew King
Mrs.Campbell/ Northstar High School
I don't think it is a problem. it keeps people from coming in and voting as someone else. There is no Discriminating at all that i can see. it is just keeping the people that took the time to register to get what they put there time into.

10/30/2012
Sidney, MT
Courtney Anderson
Mr. Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I dont find it hard at all to just go and get a photo id. Each state and city should have a place, maybe the same where you get your license, where you can get an ID. It shouldn't be a big deal to go out and buy one either, it's not expensive.

10/24/2012
Watertown, MA
Alec
Mr. Rimas
from the information given, Voter ID laws appear to be unnecessary and would do more harm than good at this time. Excluding millions of eligible voters just to prevent something that is very rare and doesn't have a profound effect on the voting process is, disregarding Constitutional rights, simply a way to manipulate the polls. If they must be passed, they should be passed well before an election, not at the last minute when it will prevent so many people from being able to cast their votes.

10/24/2012
watertown MA
Wilson
Rimas/Watertown high School
This should be done everywhere as long as they just use it to prevent fraud and not to use it to stop different types of groups of people from voting. With photo IDs the voting seems more legit and fair.

10/24/2012
Massachusettss
Logan
Mr. Rimas
I believe that in the current state of the country where identity theft and fraud have more and more common voter ID laws are certainly necessary. I think that they are not too strict as well, requiring specific documents and certain forms of identification it makes it nearly impossible to commit fraud. This shouldn't prevent voters from going to the polls it just might take a little more effort the first time, once you have a valid ID you should have no further problems. This should definitely protect the integrity of the election.

10/24/2012
Massachusetts
Alyssa
Rimas
I believe that voter ID's are necessary because this will prevent voters from casting their vote more than once.

10/24/2012
Watertown
Sabrina
Rimas
I think the voter IDs only help the situation, and they aren't a bad idea. They are a way of securing people's identities, and making sure that everyone who is eligible to vote gets a chance to do so. It makes it harder for someone to try and vote under your name.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Andrew
Rimas/WHS
A voter ID is a good idea in preventing fraud at the polls. There is nothing too strict about the ID requirements. If you are 18 and have a license there is nothing stopping you from voting and this keeps the voting free from election fraud.

10/24/2012
Watertown
Amanda
Rimas
I think that security should be strict but its just a vote. Everyone has an opinion about an election and everyone has their say. I know you have to be 18 to vote and wouldn't try to vote because im 17 but there are those people that just want to have their say and it wouldn't be the worst thing if they voted, its just a piece of paper with someone saying who they want to call the shots for their life. Obviously they should take precaution but i dont think its the biggest deal in the world. The world has bigger security problems.

10/5/2012
Irving/Texas
Monica
Bradley / Nimitz
i believe voter ID laws are necessary you feel more secure on casting your vote. Also you won't have to worry about somebody else using your identity. These voter ID do prevent eligible voters. It makes it too complicated for them to steal someones identity.

10/3/2012
Irving, TX
Stephen S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Voters fraud has been a huge issue during elections. Many people have faked being someone, immigrants casting their votes or even used a dead person's identity to get their vote in multiple times. These can be counted as crimes because you are "faking" a vote instead of voting a single time. Having a photo ID will help prevent these crimes.

10/3/2012
Irving/Tx
Jazmyn
Bradley/Nimitz
I feel like voters fraud is a problem, but there is going to be even more controversy when it comes to the photo ID that is needed. Yes the voting laws might clear out some fraud. I Don't think the laws are to strict because they are trying to prevent it from happening again, or getting worse. It also stops a lot of voters, because some states are requiring a certain type of photo that may make it hard for a lot of voters. I don't think they should require a certain type of photo, But I think there needs to be a photo ID present.

9/28/2012
Belleville/NY
Kylee
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I feel like if voter fraud was a big enough problem to require photo ID's, then there would be more government officials trying to come up with alternative methods to resolve said "problem". However, this is the only "solution" that we have been given? It seems more like they are trying to deny certain citizens the right to vote for the leader of their own country. That is going against everything our founding fahers and other previous leaders worked so hard to build our nation upon.

9/14/2012
Irving, TX
Omar
Austin/JESA
This law is to me ok but also kind of pointless. I say that because this is not discriminating anybody but than again it's making voting more strict which might end up causing people not to go and vote. When things get stricter, people start complaining which makes them upset. Since, I am never going to vote I wont say that they should have kept it like it was before.

9/7/2012
Sidney, MT
Katelyn
Faulhaber, SHS
I think that this is law is okay. The only downside I see is that it probably makes voting to some people less appealing and some people might not even go and vote. Otherwise, it's not discriminatory. Anybody can still go and get their voter ID and vote regardless of their education level, race, etc.

9/6/2012
Irving, TX
Elias
Bradley/Nimitz
Voting, in sense, is the foundation of our Government. It has been with us since the dawn of our great nation. So why are we trying to restrict who can & can't vote? Is reforming back to days when we had certain unfair limitations to who was allowed to vote really the best thing to do, especially now that our country need to be united more than ever-- I think not. It could be said that by limiting the right of people to vote due to lack of Identification, is potentially like limiting part of the government & giving another part of the government and unfair advantage. To restrict people from voting is a low blow to Democracy, the very thing we have gone to war in order to protect. So why start at movement that can lead the US to hypocritical & embarrassing position? Voting should not be restricted by Identification. HI MRS. BRALEY!(:

9/5/2012
AZ
Lucy
Sorensen
Voter ID laws are necessary to prevent election frauds. Even though you are a legal citizen of the United States, I think it's very essential that every U.S. resident have a i.d., so that there is no complications. such as voter fraud, or voting twice. It shouldn't be that difficult to acquire one of these voter i.d.'s if your 18 and a United States citizen. On laws like this, there really shouldn't be any type of hesitation.

9/5/2012
Irving/TX
Alex H.
Bradley/Nimitz
Many years ago, we were given the privilege to vote, and that privilege would be a waste if voter IDs were required. How would voter IDs be necessary if it is "exceedingly rare," said by Lorraine Minnite? Though it is true that many may buy or make a fake ID, it seems that if someone is willing to go through the trouble of obtaining a fake ID, that person should be willing to get an actual ID. However, many may have great desires to vote, they may feel prevented from doing so because trying to obtaining an ID could be a tedious task that may be discouraging. The voter requirements are too strict, obviously. There is no need to explore other ways to prevent election fraud if it is "rare" to occur. The integrity of the electoral process does not need to be protected; it isn't in danger!

9/4/2012
Irving/Texas
Claudia
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe voter ID laws are necessary in order to prevent voting fraud; however, the new laws that were created are far to strict. By being to strict they do more harm, by keeping many eligible voter from the voting polls. The integrity of the electoral process does need to be protected in order to keep a fair elections and good reflection of the citizens decision. A need for a more efficient way to prevent fraud is needed. One that does not keep eligible voter from the polls.

9/4/2012
Irving/Texas
Pablo
Bradley/Nimitz
Voter ID laws are necessary due to the fact it's not that hard to make some fake ID and try to pass as someone else. Having a legit photo ID would help lower the amount of people voting on improper grounds, such as those trying to masquerade as someone else. While some of the laws may make it difficult to obtain a photo ID, if voting really means that much to the certain individual, then they'll find a way to get the ID necessary to vote. Those who aren't willing to put the effort probably shouldn't be voting as it clearly doesn't mean as much to them as it should.

9/2/2012
Irving/TX
Vanessa C.
Bradley/Nimitz
I think this law is important because there have been cases were dead people vote and in reality is that another person took their Identity and is using it to vote and do other legal things. This New law can be strict for some people but still it brings security to the polls and the people that are running. That will bring the elections fair. It will show that people are doing the right thing to do when it comes to voting. Showing there ID will bring more control, organize and fair elections.

9/1/2012
Irving/TX
Daniela R
Bradley/Nimitz
Voter ID laws are completely unnecessary because people who are eligible to vote hardly ever vote anyways. The requirements are a little too strict. The fact that many people don't have time to get all that's required for an ID could probably lose a lot of voters. It doesn't seem like there's a fool proof way to prevent the small group of people that vote illegally.

9/1/2012
Irving/TX
Mayra Z
Bradley/Nimitz
In my opinion I believe that laws can help in a certain amount of way to prevent fraud because in that way they can have an organized more precise system of voting,but it also prevents elderly, uneducated minority citizens who most likely dont have an ID from voting. I do believe that the voter ID requirements are being too strict because a lot of citizens who do have the right to vote would not be able to vote because of their issues with getting their out of state birth certificate, paying for documents or even getting to the state offices to get their ID picture.This problem would have an impact on our democracy as being a democratic government where people are the government, if not all the people vote than it contradicts our governments meaning. I believe that the electoral process should be protected but in a different way in a way that it does not exclude any type of United States citizen from voting. I believe that there should be other ways of preventing fraud a way that no one is left behind and in a way that the country makes it easier to vote or else people would prefer not to vote because of their difficulties trying to accomplish their right to be part of government decisions.

9/1/2012
Irving/TX
Liliana
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that a voter ID would just make it more complicated for people to vote and discourage people from actually voting by not wanting to go through the hassels of getting the ID. Therefore, preventing elegible voters from going to the polls. I also believe that the law violates voting rights in state constituion because all you need to be is eighteen, a citizen of the United States of America and registered for voting.

8/31/2012
Irving/TX
Jessica H
Bradley/Nimitz
To avoid or cut down on fraud, identification must be provided when showing up to vote. Requiring a photo ID cuts down on fraud by ensuring that the person showing up to vote is in fact whom they say they are. However, the voter ID laws also cut down on how many people can actually vote. Even though we may be eligible voters, we may not be able to vote simply because we lack the resources to obtain a photo ID. In the end, the laws are helpful when it comes to preventing election fraud, but there will always be someone who finds a way around the law and we will then find other ways to try and prevent it.

8/31/2012
Irving/Texas
Brittany H
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that voter IDs are necessary in all states. If the reqirements have to be strict then so be it. We shouldn't allow people that are no allowed to vote to walk into the booth and cast a ballot. It would cause the votes to be inaccurate and could allow someone in office that shouldn't be there.

8/31/2012
Irving/TX
Marisol
Bradley/Nimitz
Voter ID laws are not necessary to prevent election fraud. I have never heard of election fraud being a problem until now. I can see why this may seem like a good idea, but going through the process of getting a picture ID may be complex for some folks. The elderly, for example, have been voting for years and possibly don't have the valid ID to present at the voting polls. With this being said, fewer people will be able/willing to vote. The requirements, I would have to say, are not TOO strict, but ridiculous. The integrity of the electoral process does need to be protected, but this whole “ID requirement” has affected many people whose vote matters, and should be allowed to vote. There has to be a different way to prevent election fraud. I understand that laws can't and will NOT always please everyone, but I think that there has to be a more efficient way of handling this.

8/31/2012
Irving Texas
Frankie R
Bradley Nimitz
I believe that the voter ID laws will in fact help prevent election frauds. Although fraud may not be everyone's intention, it is a serious matter that we are trying to fix. I do think the new ID voter law is a little over the top. However, you want quality votes over a quantity of votes. They might lose eligible voters due to the new law, but being safe over sorry is worth it. Plus if someone is a eligible voter and they really wanted to place their ballot, they will meet the new photo ID voters law requirements. I feel like the electoral process is fine as is. Mainly because i think there is nothing wrong with it. We as a country have a right to know about all the people we will put in charge of this country. There are a ton of ways to help prevent election frauds, but like the new photo ID law not everyone will like them. You cant please everyone, so do your best to please the majority.

8/31/2012
Irving/Texas
Kimberly
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the voter ID law is a bit too much and it will probably leave out a good amount of people from voting. If just in Pennsylvania alone 1.3 million people wouldn't be able to vote because they don't have an ID that wouldn't be acceptable, think about how many people would be left out in all the other sates.

8/31/2012
Irving/Tx
Ashley
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the states need identification laws in order to avoid fraud. There is always reports on identification fraud and i believe that having these laws will decrease these problems. Also, i believe that voting under some one else's name messes up the system. Having identification laws can make sure that people vote only once. Without them, people could vote multiple times under different names.

8/31/2012
Irving/TX
Jennifer R
Bradley Nimitz
Voter ID laws should not be added because it is not necessary to know who is voting as long as the voter is legally allowed to vote. Yes, there are requirements that the voter must have before voting but a photo ID should not be required. These new laws can target the people who aren't able to get the new identification, limiting some people to vote. I think that the requirement for one form of government issued identification is already an effective way of preventing fraud.

8/31/2012
Irving Texas
Dakota S.
Bradley/Nimitz
I think it is necessary to have a ID. I think we should because it will help prove that you are a US citizen, and to help make registration a little easier for people who do register every year to vote. It keeps the polls fair for both people and politics.

8/31/2012
Dallas/Texas
Linda G
Ms. Bradley/Nimitz
Because this is a vote for the election of the next president for our country, I believe that these new voter ID laws are necessary to keep the election fair. These laws aren't going to change the rules to the game. Only US citizen of age 18 and older can still participate so these photo ID requirements are not to strict. However, there might be less voters in the coming elections because there are legal US citizens who have voted without showing an ID in the past might think that getting an ID is too much hassle or other circumstances prevents them from getting one but overall, it does not prevent them prevent them from voting.

8/30/2012
Irving/Tx
Hector
Bradley/Nimitz
I feel that voter ID laws are necessary to prevent election fraud, these laws play a big role in preventing many forms of frauds. Voter ID requirements are not extremely strict, they do not ask for personal information of any kind. These laws keep the election process organized, nobody would desire the fate of the United States for the following 4 years to be based on a fraud. The election process is a delicate thing and should not be taken lightly.

8/30/2012
Irving/TX
Sandra C.
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that voter ID laws are necessary, but to a certain extent. The requirements are too strict which causes a lot of eligible people to not be able to vote. Fraud is a serious matter that needs to be prevented, but not in a very strict way.

8/30/2012
Irving, TX
Kelsey
Bradley, Nimitz High School
I believe that a voter ID is unnecessary to prevent fraud. There has been fraud in the past but if the possible solution will limit any parties possible voters than it is to much of a risk to attempt. If a high school student can make a fake ID and get away with drinking then I'm sure they can make one in order to vote as well. To filter out the frauds the solution has to target only them and cause as little effect to parties main voters.

8/30/2012
Irving/TX
Cindy M
Bradley
I do think it is necessary to have a voters ID. I think this because now a days to vote all you need to do is fill out a form. To make it more official voters should have to show their voters ID and states ID would be much better. Having these voter Ids would lower the rates of fraud during election.

8/30/2012
Irving/ TX
Amber P
Bradley/ Nimitz
Yes, we need identification laws to fully avoid fraud. No I don't think the law is too strict, it's simple. You need an ID to do other important things, why should this be any different. Some voters are going to stop going to the polls that's a given, but elections are important and not getting scammed out weights the lost votes. The election process needs to be protected, this vote is for the new leader of are nation- very important. There are other ways to prevent election fraud, none everyone is going to like.

8/30/2012
irving, tx
kenia
bradley/nimitz
Voter laws are necessary to a certain extent because we dont need people voting on things that would not even have an effect on them. On presidential elections the id should be required to avoid scams and so people wont vote for their favorite politician more than once. The checking of ids is just a form of precaution.

8/30/2012
Irving/Texas
Rebecca
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that the voter ID laws are necessary to prevent election fraud. The requirements are too strict, they simply want to know that the voters are who they say they are. Being required to have a voters ID, does prevent too many voters from going to polls. For example, there are “1.3 million eligible Pennsylvania voters,” who can not vote due to voter ID's. I don't think that the electoral process needs a lot of protection because people that don't care about what is being voted on will not vote and cause problems.

8/30/2012
Irving/ TX
Jennifer T
Bradley/ Nimitz
I think that some form of identification should be required in order to avoid scams. The ID is simply proving that the name on the registration is infact the name of the person voting. Presidential elections are not something that is taken lightly and people go to extremes to get votes for their politician. This is simply a measure to make the voting process fair and safe. It can prevent problems in the system and in election outcomes.

8/29/2012
Irving, Tx
Dominic
Bradley/Nimitz
I think voters should be forced to show an appropriate photo ID when they go to the polls to vote. But I think anything with someone's name, date of birth, and photo on it would be acceptable. By doing that, I think you would have more of the eligible voters that can't provide an ID be able to come out and vote. Just a simple State ID would be acceptable.

8/29/2012
Irving
Jasmin T
Nimitz, Ms. Bradley
The new voter photo ID law is very commendable because it will keep people from performing election fraud. They have made the election process more restricted, to ensure that everyone has their own legitimate vote. As others said, its very true people could use each others ID's to vote for their favorite candidate. To make things more secure having this new law will definitely ensure that. On the other hand, I do think that it would affect the number of votes for either candidate. The new law could potentially make it difficult for some people that don't have 2 or more forms of photo ID. Leading them to not be able to vote. We would have less people being able to be proactive, or maybe help vote for our candidate that we would prefer to become president!

8/29/2012
Irving,Texas
Sona
Bradley Nimitz
I think the photo IDs are really helpful to prevent election fraud. Having photo ID required to vote will make it easy for the people that work at the voting poll to recognize US citizens from Illegal immigrants who are trying to vote. It is clearly stated that only US citizens of 18 or older and allowed to vote. If you are an US citizen, you should already have something as a proof so it shouldnt be to hard to find another proof showing your identity. I personally dont think that the ID requirements are too strict.

8/28/2012
Irving, Texas
Heather
Bradley, Nimitz
I think voter ID laws are necessary to prevent election frauds, because there are many people that can look similar and share ID'S to vote for the same person more than once. It might not seem like a big deal but if you are trying to make it fair, then it needs to be fair in all aspects. Some of it might be to strict, because it is not easy to obtain out-of-state birth certificates, or a passport, and you might not even have the money for it.

8/24/2012
Benson AZ
KATYA P<3
Mr. Sorensen
I think that its a good thing, because people need to know that you are 18 and you need proof that you are an american citizen. Also it makes voting more official.

8/24/2012
Benson, AZ
Keiley B.
Mr.Sorensen
i think its good because they need to know who you are and the information on your drivers liscence so you are a us citizen.

8/21/2012
Benson Az.85602
Miriam E.
Mr.Sorensen
Voter ID's is necessary to identify people in some ways you need to know more information about them. In fact it will prevent voting Fraud and it is more safe for everyone if you are od enough to make decisions as important to use an ID to buy things that you need to show proves that you are responsible enough to be consider an adult then you can use it to vote. I think that the electral process need to be protected just the same way as they have for this so many years it prevents their social security card with them it will prevent election cause knowing what kind of people show up to vote.

8/21/2012
Benson, AZ
Allyson
Mr. Sorensen/ Benson High School
I think ID laws are a good way to prevent election fraud. They could possibly keep out uneducated voters who don't have a care of the matter. In some ways I think they are a bit strict and could keep eligible voters out but it seems that the voter ID's are easy enough to get and if people care enough to vote then they will go out and get one.

8/20/2012
AZ
Noah P
Sorenson/Benson High School
The new, more restrictive, voter identification laws are meant in the same manner as poll taxes earlier in our history as a country. It is wrong, and it is an injustice against the people. These laws target groups who can not get the necessary new identification, groups such as the poor, African Americans, and latinos, all of which happen to be groups who lean toward the democratic side, especially during this election cycle. Statistics show that voter fraud it’s self is a fraud, the number of instances per year can be counted on one hand, it is a tool which simply serves as a marching beat for right wing extremists, and old white bigots. Voter identification is necessary, but we already have an effective system, a requirement for one form of government issued identification, a drivers license, or state ID card for example. This prevents people from commiting voter fraud, but increasing the restrictions, by requiring new forms of identification which have never been required before, prevents thiose with a legitimate, and most sacred right from voting. Where is the justice in that? We are supposed to be a government by the people for the people, not a government only for those who agree with us.

8/20/2012
Benson/ AZ
The Superbombness
Mr. Sorensen/ Benson High School
I believe that some form of identification is necessary to avoid fraud. But even with a photo ID there can still be complications. There are a lot of people willing to go to extremes to get votes and others who just really are desperate to get that particular politician put in the position. Fraud is possible even if you have a photo ID. There is really no stopping imperfection in a system, but there are ways to prevent it and the tighter the security the less of a threat posses to the voting polls.

8/20/2012
AZ
shaneR.
Benson
i think that photos are good so people can know that they can prove that they can get things done

8/20/2012
Benson/Arizona
Katie
Marv Sorenson/Benson High School
I think that voter I.D.'s are necessary and yet some ways able to be let a loosing leash. They are necessary in the fact that it will prevent voting fraud and that it is more safe and if you are old enough to use I.D. to buy things that require it then you are able to use it to vote. Yet I think that they are a little to strict in the sight that only few are applicable in the thought of only some can be used. I think that if they have an I.D. that has a picture of them and maybe taking their S.S. card to prove that it is them and not a case of identity fraud, it will be just as good as them having the correct card. In the end it is all the same thing a card with a picture and name. they have to think that it may cause voters not to vote because they won't have the right cards in order to vote. I think that the electoral process does need to be protected but what good is an electoral process if no one wants to vote.I think that if they take their social security card with them it will cause them to prevent election fraud.

8/20/2012
Benson AZ
jesse r.
MR. sorenson
I think the ID is a good idea as long as you make it easy to get a goverment ID.like if you got a ID just for the elections that would come in the mail after you regester to vote. it would help out with making sure you are who you say you are ,and make sure no one votes twice.

8/20/2012
Current resident of the Benson
JUSTIN
Mr. Sorenson
ya good idea yall, i think it should be a qualificatiom that you must have an ID no matter what

8/20/2012
Benson Arizona
Ham
sorense
if you have to have an id to buy a house, car, or even utilities then why wouldnt you have one to vote?

8/20/2012
Benson, AZ
Dylan B. #5
Mr. Sorenson
I personally believe that voter ID laws are necessary. On a certain note. I believe if you think you're old enough, ready, and /or want to vote, then you should provide some sort of ID that your 18. I think of it like driving. If you wanna drive you need to provide an ID that your old enough and legal to drive. Some of the laws are too strict, but we must understand where they're coming from. but they're still redundent.

8/20/2012
Benson/AZ
Brett
Mr. Sorensen/Benson High School
In my opinion, i believe that yes, the new ID laws are necessary, but yet a bit too strict. The law is the basic relief of voting fraud, but it seems a little bit extended, only because those citizens who attempt to get by with a passport or drivers license to go vote aren't eligible, and it's not right to take away the voting privelege of a U.S. citizen. The most simple way i can think of to prevent voting fraud is simply not to commit fraud, because as much easier as it's said than done, i just think it will cause less problems in todays society in America.

8/20/2012
Benson/AZ
Ramiro
Mr. Sorenson/Benson High School
Voter ID laws to me are necessary to prevent election fraud, but are to strict. The voter ID laws are in the right state of mind and should be made so no fraud is committed, but should make it less strict so its not a big process to go vote.

8/20/2012
Benson,AZ
Jonalyn M.
Mr.Sorenson/ Benson High School
I think it is necessary to have IDs so that a rnadomperson cant comein and vote as another person. it may prevent some poeple from vorting but if they dont have it howareyou supposed to know its really them and not another person who says it is them.

8/20/2012
benson, az
alissa
mr. sorenson
i think that you would get less people voting because you are turning people away and everyone should be able to vote without an ID. so its basically shutting down peoples right to vote as a citizen of their own country.

8/20/2012
benson az
michael g.
mr.sorenson
i think photo IDs arte a great idea because it is really hard to come in contact with someone elses ID so yes they are good. some people say " no, im not going to vopte because of the photo ID" well sucks to be them because they're missing out and nobodies forcing them too. or another way to look at it is they must not really want to vote

8/20/2012
benson, az
brandon
mr.sorensen/benson
i think that if a person really wasnt to vote they'ed be willing to got get a photo ID if not they dont want to vote that bad ex: acron use UDA's to vote for pres obamama that was a case of voter frawd and ID might have limited that i think all state shpould just do this

8/20/2012
Benson/Arizona
Eric
Sorensen/Benson
Voter ID's are not necesary to prevent election fraud but there is no way that i could hurt. I bevieve that the laws are not to strick. If anything the're can be steps taken to make it even more strict. Voters tend not to be educated enough on the subjects they are voting on. If they are not going to try to fufill the requirments to vote then do not feel strong enough about this topic at hand and should not be voteing in the first place.

8/20/2012
benson/a.z
matthew b.
sorensen/benson high
i think that a voter id is easy to get and i think it really shouldent be nessery to need a voter id just something that says ur 18 and is relible to look at but a id is easy enough to get for what i know of

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