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Should we have voter ID laws?

By Jeremy Quattlebaum Student Voices staff writer

In late October, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency order that let a strict Texas voter identification law stand for the midterm election on Nov. 4. A U.S. District Court judge had struck down the law, saying it amounted to an “unconstitutional poll tax.” Days before, the court blocked a strict Wisconsin voter ID law from taking effect after a federal appeals court had upheld the law.

The difference between the two orders, which contain no explanations, may have come down to application of the law, such as how prepared election officials were to implement the laws so close to the election.

A voter ID law requires voters to show an approved photo ID or some other identification at the polls. If a voter shows up without a proper ID, a number of things can happen, depending on the state.

States that have stricter voting ID laws will let voters who lack a valid photo ID cast a provisional ballot, meaning it may or may not be counted. After Election Day, the voter will probably have to take extra steps to prove his or her identity before having the vote counted. The Texas law limits valid photo IDs to state driver’s or gun license, a military ID or passport, but a college student ID is not accepted.

Other states have less strict laws. Some voters who lack the proper ID are allowed to vote and aren’t required to take extra steps after Election Day. Often poll workers have methods of cross-checking a person’s identity at the polling site.

Currently 10 states have voter ID laws that would fall into the strict category; less-strict laws are on the books in 21 states. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia do not have voter ID laws.

Proponents of voter ID laws say that the laws deter voter fraud and ensure that elections are fair. Phantom voters or double voting, they argue, could determine the outcome of close elections.

Supporters also say that without the voter ID laws, the public’s confidence in the results of the election would be diminished. Sen. Tim Scott from South Carolina said to the Washington Times: “You can’t get on a plane without showing who you are. You can’t cash a check without showing who you are. So why shouldn’t you have to show who you are when you vote? I don’t really get the whole deal.”

Opponents of voting ID laws say that election fraud is a minor issue and that the laws prevent more eligible voters from casting ballots than criminals committing voter fraud. They cite a five-year search conducted by the Justice Department under President George W. Bush that failed to find evidence of organized efforts to illegally influence federal elections.

They say the measures are unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment because they discriminate by aiming to keep minorities and the poor from voting since they are more likely to not have a photo ID. Opponents compare the photo ID requirement to poll taxes that were used during the Jim Crow era to prevent African Americans from voting in Southern states.

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in a dissent after the court refused to block the Texas voter ID law.

Challengers of the Wisconsin and Texas laws can appeal the lower court rulings to the Supreme Court.

What do you think?

Are voter ID laws necessary or discriminatory? Should voters be required to show a photo ID? Do you think the possibility of voter fraud warrants voter ID laws? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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9/1/2018
PA
Pete
PHS
Our constitution has a list of requirements that a person must meet to be able to vote, and every voter should have to PROVE that they meet those requirements. If a person can find a way to vote every 2-4 years, they can find a way to get themselves to a DMV location every 4 years to get a state government issued photo ID card ... just like drivers do for their drivers license. And I wouldn't care if my cost rose a few dollars to pay for those who allegedly can't afford it.

3/16/2018
NY
Allison
Colby
I do believe that voter I. D. laws are necessary. They ensure that all voters in the United States are legal and who they claim to be. However, I do see how these laws could be discriminatory towards those who may not be able to afford an I.D. The possibility of voter fraud does warrant voter I.D. laws in my opinion because with fraud, our elections will never truly be what the majority wants.

3/16/2018
Belleville/NY
Grace
Miss Colby
I believe that the voter ID laws are necessary in a way that it helps us prove that someone is actually a citizen of the US. This is discriminatory for the poor that cannot afford an ID. But, this allows for our elections to be fair and not letting illegal immigrants or any frauds vote.

3/16/2018
Adams/NY
Dylan
Colby/ Belleville Henderson Central School
I feel that voter I.D. laws are not only legal but are also necessary to avoid voter fraud. Without voter I.D. laws people might try to vote under the identity of someone who is dead.

3/15/2018
New York
Madison
Belleville Henderson
In my opinion I believe that voter ID laws are beneficial and should be implemented. It should be necessary for all voters to produce I.D. before voting for a number of reasons. One reason for producing an I.D. would be because it would decrease the number of fraud votes so people cannot vote more than once. Another reason is that you have to have an I.D. for example a drivers license when driving and you must have an I.D. to buy alcohol so therefore voters should have to produce an I.D. for voting as well. However the argument has been made that some of the lower income citizens don't have money to buy a form of I.D. but if they don't have the money to produce an I.D. should they be able vote. If they don't have the money they may not know who to vote for and what candidate or law would best suite their needs and their communities needs.

3/15/2018
NY
Alexandria
Ms.Colby/BHCS
In my personal opinion, voter ID laws are necessary. i believe this because, voters need to show proof that they are an American citizen. In addition, i don't think its discriminatory because, its doing its job to protect Americans.

3/15/2018
New York
Aliyah
Belleville Henderson Central
I believe that voter ID laws have the potential to do more good than bad. I think it is a good idea to have to show proof that you are who you claim to be because it not only prevents voter fraud but could prevent double voting. Voter ID laws have the potential to strengthen the votes of those that have been cast legally. By putting voter ID laws into effect you can quickly find if someone is claiming a dead person's identity to cast more than their own vote to ensure the candidate they want receives the position.

3/15/2018
New York
Aidan
BHCS
In my mind, I think voter ID laws are both necessary and discriminatory. In one case, voter ID laws are necessary because it can stop voter fraud and unfair elections. However, voter ID laws are discriminatory because it stops poor people from being able to vote.

3/15/2018
Belleville, NY
Claire
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I believe that the voter I.D. laws should be in place to ensure that the voters are legal U.S. citizens. These laws may be slightly discriminatory for the poor if they cannot afford a photo I.D. It is important that as many people are voting as possible so it should be easy to vote and not a hard thing to do. People should want to vote and if voter I.D. laws are preventing part of the population from voting because they do not have the proper I.D., then maybe the laws should be more lax instead of very strict. If I.D. laws are kept as mandatory, I believe that college student I.D. should be accepted to ensure that the majority of people able to vote are voting.

3/15/2018
Belleville/ New York
Gianna
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I believe voter ID laws are necessary to have. Having this law shows that you are a U.S Citizen. It is not discriminating it is just proof who you are. This also makes elections fair and controls not having illegal immigrants voting in our elections.

3/15/2018
New York
Jordan
Belleville Henderson
I believe that voter ID laws are necessary. If someone wants to vote for the country that they are residing in, then they should have to show proof that they are in fact an American citizen. Photo ID should be required as well, just to make sure there is no cases of fraud when voting.

3/15/2018
Belleville/ New York
Jayda
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I do not think voter ID laws are discriminatory, they are very necessary. Voters should be required to show photo ID at the polls. Considering you must be a legal US citizen in order to vote, showing photo ID shouldn't be hard. If we did not have voter ID laws, people could easily claim to be someone they aren't. These laws help keep the voting system as fair as possible.

3/13/2018
New York
Emma
Belleville Henderson
I believe that voter ID laws may be slightly discriminatory to the poor, however, I think that they are very much necessary to uphold the fairness of the elections. Without these laws then anyone could go and claim to be a US citizen and vote in our elections. I believe that the risk and possibility of voter fraud is more than enough to warrant voter ID laws. If the laws states that you must be a US citizen in order to vote, than why shouldn't you have to prove it?

3/13/2018
bellville ny
jordon
colby/belleville
I believe that voter I.D. laws are very good for all of us because why would we want someone who doesnt understand or look into which people are running for what? it is in our best intrest to have voter I.D. laws because that way people without proper identification can not vote. in some states it is required to have proper identification or you may not be able to vote but in some states there are some cases that you are able to cast a ballot but the votes you made may not even count. this portects us because that way people who have the best intrest for our countries are picking the proper people who they think is going to serve us well.

3/13/2018
New York
Marissa
Belleville Henderson
In my personal opinion, voter ID laws are necessary. Every potential voter should have to show proof of them being an American citizen. I do not believe it is discriminatory because as an American citizen, I wouldn't like an illegal immigrant nor a homeless person voting for who has power over things such as taxing or income wadges. The constitution state that in order to vote you have to prove your citizenship, therefore all voters should be required to show a photo ID. I believe the possibility of voter fraud warrants over voter ID laws, because as the article states, phantom voters and double voting causes an unfair election and should be seen as more of a major issue!

3/13/2018
Mannsville
Jakob
Belleville
After reading and forming my own opinion on "should we have voter ID laws?" im very one sided on this. Voter ID laws should most certainly be required in every state nation wide. This is very crucial to protect the integrity of the election and stop any fraud from swaying the ballot. Im quite honestly shocked that this isnt already in affect in all 50 states. It is your responsibility to carry some form of identification with you to vote that proves you are in fact of age and an american citizen, thank you and God Bless America.

3/13/2018
Mannsville/N.Y.
Joshua
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I believe voter ID laws are necessary. I believe that you need to have proof to show whether you are a U.S. citizen or not. In that case, it should be required to show a photo ID. I think ID laws warrants over the possibility of voter fraud.

3/13/2018
Belleville/New York
Alicia
Colby/Belleville Henderson
Voter ID laws are necessary in order to ensure that a person should really be allowed to vote. A person should be able to prove that they are a citizen of this country, and they are of the qualifications of a citizen in order to vote.

3/13/2018
New York
Bailey
Colby/Belleville
I think that voter I.D. could be helpful n many ways. a lot of people like to cheat the system and use someone that is dead and use there vote to help someone running in the election. If we had i.d. wed be able to track who and who has not voted. And i also think people wouldn't try to cheat the system as much because they would get cough.

3/13/2018
Belleville/New York
Makenzie
Colby/BHCS
I feel like voter id's aren't necessary. Voter id's aren't truly necessary because what if people can't afford them or no way of getting them? It'll decrease the people who will come vote.

3/13/2018
Belleville, New York
Joseph
Belleville Henderson
I believe that voter ID's should be a requirement to to vote. I believe this because it isn't a poll tax, it's showing ID and proving you are a citizen of the united states. It also protects against fraud. Which is important so the results are accurate.

3/13/2018
New York
Ethan
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I believe that people should have voter IDs for the same reason that is stated in the constitution. In the constitution it is stated that in order to vote you must be a citizen of the United States. With that being said each person should have voting ID in order to be able to prove that they are a United States citizen.

3/9/2018
Belleville, New York
Logan
Belleville Henderson
Voter I.D. laws are necessary to protect the integrity of our elections. The constitution specifically states that all voters in the U.S. have to be citizens, so why shouldn't people have to prove it. Every American has to have some form of identification that proves their citizenship, whether it be a birth certificate, social security card, or something else. It cannot be seen as a "poll tax" because being responsible enough to prove your citizenship is the responsibility of every American.

3/9/2018
belleville/new york
sherry
colby/belleville henderson
I believe that there should be voter ID laws because there are so many people that are out there today that look older than they actually are. Also if they show ID they won't be able to cheat or anything like that because they would already know who they are. This is why i think that there should be a voter ID law.

11/13/2017
Westland
Taya
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
I feel as if voter id laws can be in place or not because at the end of the day the votes are gonna count if they dont then oh well

11/13/2017
Canton/Michigan
Christopher
Mr.Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that you should show Voter ID to be safer and stop frauds

11/13/2017
Westland
Fatima
Mr. Fite/ Canton Prep
I believe Voter ID's should be necessary because it makes it so that voters are validated to vote. It also prevents voter fraud and cheating.

11/13/2017
Canton MI
Justin
Mr. Fite Canton Prep
I believe voter Id's are very necessary because it filters to the people who really want to vote. If there was no voter id then the votes wouldn't be as honest and have more people without careful thought on their vote.

11/13/2017
Canton MI
Justin
Mr. Fite Canton Prep
I believe voter Id's are very necessary because it filters to the people who really want to vote. If there was no voter id then the votes wouldn't be as honest and have more people without careful thought on their vote.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Tori
Mr. Fite, Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that voter ID's should be required to ensure that only American citizens are voting in the elections.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Ashley
Mr.Fite, Canton Prep
Voter ID's should be necessary because it helps to verify someones identity and therefore, is safer.

11/13/2017
Canton Michigan
Patrick
Mr. FIte
Yes voter ID laws are necessary and are not discriminatory because with voter ID's it will help prevent voter fraud.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Reggie
Mr.Fite/ Canton Preparatory high school
Yes, so you can record data and statics

11/13/2017
Canton
Maher
Mr. Fite/Preparatory High School
Yes you should have an ID to vote because voter ID laws protect the integrity of our Democracy.

11/13/2017
Canton
Maher
Mr. Fite/Preparatory High School
Yes you should have an ID to vote because voter ID laws protect the integrity of our Democracy.

11/13/2017
Canton,MI
Chanel
Fite, canton preparatory
No, I dont think voter should be required.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Kirk Daniel
Mr Fite, Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that Voter ID should be necessary because this would end voters fraud harder.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Brandon koshowsky
Mr. Fite/ canton preparatory High School
I believe that voters should have to use voter IDs, because then the people checking the ID can tell if the voter is a legal citizen, and if they can vote legitimately

11/13/2017
Michigan
Naveaha
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
No, because your picture should not matter for the person you want to vote for. Also, no because it doesn't matter who you are to vote you do not need a visual representation to vote you only need your vote. We also have the right to privacy so it can be anonymous.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Kennedy
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
Yes. It will help eliminate voter fraud.

11/13/2017
CANTON
Summer
Mr.Fite Canton Prep
I don't think voter id is necessary, because not everyone has the access or resources to obtain a photo I.D. and this decreases voting rates.

11/13/2017
Canton/Michigan
Tyler
Mr.Fite/Canton Preparatory
I honestly don't care because I will never vote but if I did have to choose yes because it is credible and it can verify that you are allowed to vote if you don't have a drivers license or a legitimate document

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Yash
Mr. Fite, Canton Preparatory High school
Voter ID should not be necessary to be allowed to vote, because in fact that you are voting means that you're an american citizen that is actively participating to change the country in its politics. Not only that but people with financial issues might not have an ID, but because of this, it is not right to discriminate because they do not have any ID. But also because of verification issues, it is not necessary, because one or a few people who might not be allegedly be able to vote, may not change the vote by much.

11/13/2017
Canton prep
DaMarco
Mr.Fite, Canton Preparatory High school
I believe that there should be an ID law because if a person votes and when they were writing and wrote something wrong with the ID law the government will be able to contact the person and go over there voting sheet and fixes what was wrong.

11/13/2017
Canton/Michigan
Tyler
Mr.Fite/Canton Preparatory
I honestly don't care because I will never vote but if I did have to choose yes because it is credible and it can verify that you are allowed to vote if you don't have a drivers license or a legitimate document

11/13/2017
Canton MI
Zayna
Mr. Fite Canton Prep High School
No, I think people should be able to vote without having their ID because it will decrease voter turnout. I believe showing your ID won't do any good or bad if you're voting.

11/13/2017
Canton
Kayla
Mr. Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
I think that Voter ID should be required because it helps to ensure against ID fraud and to make sure that you are who you say you are and also to make sure that you are a valid citizen.

11/13/2017
Canton/Michigan
Tyler
Mr.Fite/Canton Preparatory
I honestly don't care because I will never vote but if I did have to choose yes because it is credible and it can verify that you are allowed to vote if you don't have a drivers license or a legitimate document

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Tanner
Mr.Fite, Canton Prep
I think you should have to show your voter ID, because it's more safe.

11/13/2017
Canton/MI
Lindsey
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
I believe that we should have voter ID laws to verify a persons identity, and eliminate voter fraud

11/13/2017
Canton, MI
Emma Ayotte
Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that voting ID laws are necessary. This is important because of what you bring to this country such as being a U.S. citizen and knowledgeable about politics. Also, voting ID laws can be used for security reasons as well.

11/13/2017
Canton/Michigan
Akash
Fite/Canton Prep
Having stricter voting laws would make voting more fair and would prevent double voting, so it could only be a good thing.

11/13/2017
Canton Michigan
Layla
Mr. Fite/Canton Preperatory Highschool
I don't believe that voters should have voter ID's. They are unnecessary and people who are lazy and aren't that encouraged to vote will not want to go through the hassle of getting an ID in order to vote. It will make the process easier and encourage voters to vote.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Myles
Mr. Fite
Yes, because it lets the government know your a certified US citizen. It also shows that you have good intentions since the outcome of your vote could potentially impact your lifestyle all together.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Myles
Mr. Fite
Yes, because it lets the government know your a certified US citizen. It also shows that you have good intentions since the outcome of your vote could potentially impact your lifestyle all together.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Kelyanne
Mr. Fite, Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that there should be voter ID laws because it makes it easier to prevent voting fraud and it allows confirmation of citizenship at the time that people vote.

11/13/2017
Canton
Alex
Canton Prep
I believe that Voter ID should be required when voting.Simply because there are people who try play as someone else

11/13/2017
Canton/Michigan
Tyler
Mr.Fite/Canton Preparatory
I honestly don't care because I will never vote but if I did have to choose yes because it is credible and it can verify that you are allowed to vote if you don't have a drivers license or a legitimate document

11/13/2017
Westland
Taya
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
I feel as if voter id laws can be in place or not because at the end of the day the votes are gonna count if they dont then oh well

11/13/2017
Canton/Michigan
Tyler
Mr.Fite/Canton Preparatory
I honestly don't care because I will never vote but if I did have to choose yes because it is credible and it can verify that you are allowed to vote if you don't have a drivers license or a legitimate document

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Lindsey
Mr. Fite, Canton Preparatory High School
I believe voter ID's are unnecessary because many people would be discouraged from voting because they are lazy and dont want to go through a longer process.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Lily
Fite, Canton Prep
I personally believe that voter ID's are necessary to be shown because it can verify who you are, but without showing one, you could be anyone.

11/13/2017
Westland
Taya
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
I feel as if voter id laws can be in place or not because at the end of the day the votes are gonna count if they dont then oh well

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Lindsey
Mr. Fite, Canton Preparatory High School
I believe voter ID's are unnecessary because many people would be discouraged from voting because they are lazy and dont want to go through a longer process.

11/13/2017
Westland
Taya
Mr. Fite/Canton Prep
I feel as if voter id laws can be in place or not because at the end of the day the votes are gonna count if they dont then oh well

11/13/2017
Canton
Jasmine
Mr. Fite
I don't think that it is necessary because everyone has the right to vote

11/13/2017
CANTON
Summer
Mr.Fite Canton Prep
I don't think voter id is necessary, because not everyone has the access or resources to obtain a photo I.D. and this decreases voting rates.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Saifullah
Mr. Fite, Canton Preparatory High School
I believe that voter ID's are unnecessary because instead of encouraging more voters and having a larger percent of the population vote they would be limiting people. Many lazy voters would also be discouraged from voting because of the longer process required to vote.

11/13/2017
canton/MI
MacKenzee
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
Voter ID laws are necessary not discriminatory. Voters should be required to show photo ID.

11/13/2017
Canton, Michigan
Bethany
Mr.Fite/ Canton Preparatory High School
Yes you should have an ID to vote for safety concerns . voter ID prevents fraud and knowing if you are a valid citizen .

11/13/2017
Michigan
Jessica
Fite
I believe that Voter ID shouldn't be legal because its hard to documents required for voting everyone should have the right to vote.

11/13/2017
Canton/MI
Brooklyn
Mr. Fite/Canton Preparatory
I believe that we should have photo ID laws to verify a person's identity and to eliminate issues with voter fraud.

11/13/2017
Livonia
Hannah
Canton prep
I think you should show your ID when you vote because if it will more safe

11/1/2016
Blue Springs/MS
Melinda
Mr, Tredaway/East Union High School
I believe that Voter ID should not be legal. It goes against our 1 st, 14th, 15th, 24th and 26th amendment. We all have the right to vote. It is hard to get some of the documents that are required for voting.

10/14/2016
Sidney Montana
Kasey
Faulhaber
I believe having photo ID would not help stop fraud and that it would affect the minorities in a bad way. In the state of Montana to register vote you must have either a photo ID or proof of residency and that should be more than enough to register to vote. Honestly with how vast our state is I think forcing people to have IDs is pointless because most people have them already. The only people who wouldn’t have a photo ID would be people who couldn’t afford one. In other words the only people who couldn’t vote would be the poor and disadvantage. That is why enacting voter IDs would infringe on minorities right to vote.

10/14/2016
Sidney,Montana
Justin
Faulhaber Sidney Public Schools
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/MT
Laura
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that we should not require voter ID's. Voting is a fundamental right that should not be a burden on those who do not have the "proper" ID, such as a driver's license, government given photo idea, or access to a birth certificate. The American population is made up of 37.4% minorities and most of the people without ID's are minorities who can not afford or do not have access to them, which then discriminates against them. A law should not take a right away from some people while still allowing others to keep it. Even if the government offers to give out "free" ID's, they are not really free, because someone has to pay for them and it is the working people who pay taxes. Ultimately, it is unconstitutional to even try to take away one's given right. The American turnout rate for voting elections is very low compared to other countries and a required ID would only decrease the already low number.

12/4/2015
Watertown/MA
Lily
Rimas/Watertown high
I think a voting ID should be required when voting. There are people who try to use someone elses name and they can just go in easily if no one else recognzies him or her. If a photo ID was required then you could clearly see it isn't the person you are claiming to be.

12/4/2015
Watertown/MA
Kelly
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High
I believe that we should have voter IDs. These IDs would prevent people from voting twice and keep people from using deceased peoples votes. Also it will prevent minors who look 18 or older from taking an adults vote. This will keep the votes fair. If I was a registered voter I would be upset if I went to vote and found out that someone had pretended to be me and took my vote. They are not discriminatory, I would fedl better if I knew that my vote was protected.

12/4/2015
Watertown, Ma
Luis
Mr Rimas Watertown High School
Yes there should be stricter I'd laws. Now that the law isn't so strict people are able to double vote and use other people's names who may or may not be alive. So I believe that an ID should be required when your going to vote.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Ryan L
Mr. Faulhaber
We should have strict voter ID laws. Such laws would help to keep our voting fair. A form of legal picture ID should be required to ensure the person may vote and help prevent double voting.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Alexis Haggerty
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that voter ID laws should be enforced. Putting this law in place will stop fraud from happening. This will also prevent double voting which may end up causing confusion in the long run. I think everyone should required to show an ID before being allowed to vote!

6/5/2015
stroudsburg/PA
Gabby
mr.hanna/stroudsburg jhs
yes I think voter ID laws should be enforced. People should have to show their ID to vote so no one under the age or illegal people can vote. That should stop all the voter fraud!

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Adjoa
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
Yes, we should have voter ID laws. They prevent fraud and call for a more official and professional voting system. Some people might find a way to pass as an 18 year old and therefore create confusion within the system. Voter ID's will ensure that there is no confusion and make our voting system less confusing. This is why I think that we should have voter ID's

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg , pa
Shavaughn
Mr. Hanna / stroudsburg sjhs
I think voter ids are necessary and they don't discriminate anyone. I also think along with the voter id we should have to provide our drivers license .this is all to protect the voters.

3/24/2015
murrieta / california
brittney
mr. jabro / creekside
prevents fraud influencing elections, voter fraud is generally only detected after the fact, if at all and investigating and prosecuting election crimes is difficult and costly. It’s far better to prevent fraudulent voting than to track it down after the votes have already been counted. It also makes life a little easier for disadvantaged voters. the voter ID bill will help people who may be having a hard time getting along in society because of a lack of identification by providing ID at no charge. This has the added benefit of enabling people to get work, open bank accounts and participate in other normal functions of society that are impossible without photo ID.

3/5/2015
Washington/NJ
Sarah
Rokosny/Warren Hills
Many feel that voter ID laws are unnecessary because they believe they are discrimanatory, they deter eligible voters, they do not guarentee against voter fraud, etc. However, voter IDs, like locks on cars or prescriptions for medication are a necessary evil. Yes, they may seem tasking, but they provide many more positives than negatives. They do not deter eligible voters, they do the opposite actually. If there were absolutely no regulation and voter fraud occured unrestricted, the results of the vote would be compromised. This would in turn result in lower participation rates because constituents would have no faith in the integrity of the polls. They are not discriminatory, as long as everyone has an equal opportunity to secure ID, which they can, for example at a local DMV, whether they are a licensed driver or not. Voter IDs should be a federal law, in order to preserve the voters faith, and the integrity in voting results.

3/3/2015
Washington, NJ
Patrick Flaherty
Rokosny/Warren Hills
Voter ID laws should be enforced for the simple fact that you need to prove you're who you say you are when voting. I think that the viewpoint of stricter states is the correct approach because unless someone can prove who they say they are then their bot must not be counted. Because voter fraud and double voting is a big concern these laws would negate any possibility of that occurring. I believe with these laws in place the integrity of our voting system would be changed for the better.

3/3/2015
Washington, New Jersey
Matt Flaherty
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I believe Voter ID laws should exist and be an essential part in all elections. Voter fraud should be a thing of the past. When we think of voter fraud we should think of people having to alter their appearance to commit voter fraud. This is an age where one can commit voter fraud by simply going into multiple places and voting multiple times. We need to force voters to show ID before voting. Elections in this country are too important to be won by one or two votes that are made by people who have voted twice.

3/3/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Kemdi
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I believe that Voter ID laws should be enforced, but to an extent. Since voter rates are beginning to decrease, this may help further the fall of numbers. Of course poll workers need to be aware of who is voting and where they are from in order for them to vote, but what if someone just forgot it? Or perhaps their ID recently went invalid? These are little things to consider in our nation. Keeping citizens from their right to vote because they do not have their ID at the time is wrong, but we need to make sure this person is living, a citizen, and a real person. Voter ID laws are important, but they should have a few exceptions for Americans who make minor mistakes.

3/3/2015
Hackettstown/NEw Jersey
Mark
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I believe that Voter ID laws should be enforced to ensure that no illegal citizens are voting, and there is no voter fraud. Without these laws being enforced, many things can go wrong and the "fake" outcome of elections may differ from what the citizens really want. I see no problem with having to show identification at the polls. If you are a law abiding citizen, you should not have an issue with these laws.

3/3/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Rob
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
Voter ID laws are complicated beasts. On the one hand, any bars to our democratic process will only decrease the already non-competitive voter turnout of the United States, comparative to other developed nations. In addition, voting commitments of time and money discriminate against those with less time and less money. However, the laws are meant to hold democracy in the United States to a higher degree of professionalism, and they should be respected for that reason. One of the major draws of a nation such as the United States is the quality of its government, which is mainly derivative from a voting base that is essentially composed of the more politically educated populace.

3/3/2015
Washington/NJ
Steven
Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
Voting is an aspect of the American political system that keeps the power of government in the hands of the people. Voter ID laws should most definitely be enforced to ensure that all votes are justified, and that voter fraud is not occurring. Being asked to prove your identity is in no way discriminatory when it is being asked to prevent a serious issue from occurring such as voter fraud. The current voting system in the electoral college is already encompassed with many flaws. For example, it is possible for a person to win the presidential election with just 22% of the popular vote!! History dictates how 5% of the time the presidential election results with a winner that based on popular vote, didn't actually win. A very odd flaw in the American political system. This large gap of voter correctness is already immense. Voter ID laws should be considered necessary for elections to both improve the confidence in the accuracy of the results and to prevent any further grey space regarding truthful voting numbers.

3/3/2015
Washington, NJ
Christian
Rokosny, Warren Hills
I completely agree with the implementation of voter ID laws. Voter fraud is a serious problem that has been going on in our country for centuries, and I do not believe it infringes upon a citizen's rights to require that they show some form of identification upon voting. This way, the system is as fair as possible, and every person will get equal representation, just as our country's goals have always been.

3/3/2015
Washington/New Jersey
Emily
Rokosny/Warren Hills
Voter ID laws should definitely be enforced to ensure the proper verification of the voters age, citizenship, etc. Voter ID helps fight against voter fraud and protect the integrity of elections. Some may argue that requiring photo ID's for voting is allowing politicians to manipulate the polls, however there is also the argument of voter fraud without presenting proper identification.

3/3/2015
Washington/NJ
Luke
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
Voter ID laws are definitely a waste of time at this point. We have so many more important things to worry about than voter id laws. I'm not saying to allow anybody in, but if one of the ballot workers notices somebody walking in twice. This is the X factor in voting sometimes. Isn't nice to know that people would risk everything for voter fraud? That person really wants to make a change however I don't want to glorify cheating. It may seem far-fetched, but we can't get 40% of the population to vote and there are people who try to vote twice. I think at this point we shouldn't fix it if it isn't broke. As FDR said, "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." More and more laws could just reverse our most precious right. The words FDR said may be true, but our Voter ID laws could cause the exact opposite.

3/3/2015
Washington/NJ
Anne Marie
Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
Although voting fraud is definitely an issue that should be taken seriously, citizens should be wary of strict voter ID laws. While Voter ID laws have good intentions, there is still a possibility that these laws can be abused. While Voter ID laws may prevent voting fraud to a degree, a strict ID law may prevent citizens from voting. It could be easy to abuse and exploit laws like this as well; stricter voting ID laws have the scary potential to "outclass" voters or prevent people that do not carry a photo ID from voting. Maybe the chances of this are slim, but it is still incredibly concerning and should be considered when formulating these laws. Voter ID laws should exist, but there should also be measures in order to prevent the exploitation of these laws.

3/2/2015
Washington/NJ
Antonia
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
Voter id laws are absolutely necessary. Proving your identity is not discriminatory. When it comes to voting, voter fraud is a concern. We want elections to be fair. Voters should always be required to show a photo id before being able to cast a ballot. Rules and procedures are implemented to allow things to run more smoothly. Voter id laws are just another measure that needs to be followed and adhered to. I completely agree with voter id laws.

3/2/2015
Washington/NJ
Joelle Dowling
Rokosny/WarrenHills
The two reasons voter ID laws might be considered necessary for elections is 1) to improve the public’s confidence in the outcome of elections because 2) voter ID laws will prevent voter fraud. Voter ID laws do not increase a person’s confidence in the outcome of elections. A person’s confidence in the legitimateness of an election usually is based on the winner of that election. If the candidate someone voted for does not win an election, they are more likely to believe that the election was rigged in some way, regardless of voter ID laws. Additionally, these laws do not prevent a substantial amount of voter fraud. Types of voter fraud include tampering with electronic voting machines, destruction/invalidation of ballots, ballot stuffing, misrecording of votes, registering to vote in multiple locations, and voting more than once in the same election. None of these types of voter fraud could be prevented by someone showing a photo ID at elections. Only one type of voter fraud could be prevented by voter ID laws and that is having a person, pretending to be someone else, cast a vote. Which, because of all the other more efficient types of voter fraud, would be an unlikely choice for someone looking to change the outcome of an election through voter fraud. The type of voter fraud voter ID laws work against has a minimal effect on elections, much less than the effect of thousands of people being disenfranchised because of voter id laws.

3/2/2015
Washington, NJ
Henna Shethia
Mrs. Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
Strict voter ID laws are necessary and should be enforced. Without Voter ID laws, there would be double voting, or phantom voters, which could alter the outcome of an election. Voter fraud is a major issue, and any way to avoid it would be beneficial. By allowing citizens to be monitored when voting, it would avoid voter fraud. Providing identification to vote, is like having a ticket to get onto a plane. It is necessary in order to travel, and Voter ID should be necessary in order to vote. Asking for Voter ID is a small request, in order to prevent a large issue.

3/2/2015
Washington
Meg
Mrs. Rokasny/Warren Hills
I believe Voter ID laws should indeed exist and should be enforced at all elections. If one is a true American citizen and has the right to vote than providing a small piece of paper for identification will not hinder this person in any way before they cast their ballot. Enforcing these laws will provide assurance that no election has been won on false votes. Many cases of voter fraud will be prevented if voter ID laws were used and enforced. This is not a minor issue as the right to vote was a right fiercely fought for. Those who have the right to vote should vote and only those.

3/2/2015
Washington, NJ
Tyler
Rokosny/Warren Hills
Voter ID laws are definitely necessary and should be readily enforced. Voting fraud, despite what many say, can become a serious issue in close elections. Double voting and phantom voting can, in the right configuration, decide an election. Voter ID prevents much of this fraud by allowing only valid citizens to vote on a monitored basis. While some opponents of Voter ID laws point out a discriminatory factor against people who don't have necessarily have valid ID's, there are very few options as to what we can base the validity of a voter off of, and some sort of ID is not an unreasonable request in modern America if you truly are a fully functioning member of society.

3/2/2015
Washington Township, NJ
Matthew
Mrs. Rokosny Warren Hills Regional High School
We should definitely have voter ID laws, and they should be fairly strict. For example, people should not just be able to go into a voting booth, sign a piece of paper, and if the signature seems to match your own, your vote will count. Anyone can practice writing a signature and then they can simply just vote for anyone they please. "Vote early and vote often" should not be applicable to these types of situations. States should, at the least, require some sort of identification to allow a vote to count. However, the idea of having the provisional ballots is not a bad idea. These laws do not violate the 14th amendment at all. Just because minorities are less likely to have a form of ID do not make these laws discriminatory. Voter ID laws are necessary in assuring that each person gets an equal vote and an equal representation in the ballots.

1/20/2015
Murrieta. CA
Randy Castle
Jabro/Creekside Highschool
Voter ID laws should definitely be necessary. Having voters show a photo ID isn't a difficult task, unless you are not a U.S. citizen or the person you are claiming to be is not you (and deceased in some cases). The numerous cases of voter fraud during past presidential elections should have ALREADY warranted voter ID laws. And yet we still don't have any.

12/8/2014
Irving/Texas
Kierria S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Getting a voter I.D. isn’t as hard unless you are not a natural born citizen or you may have religious and disabilities. Most acceptable I.D are driver license, military, passport, and a few more. With that in mind there are many opportunities. Does it prevent minorities? I would say no because it is common sense to say that at least some minorities in Texas do have the above qualified photos of I.D. and applying to have a card is simple. The only reason why you would need a card is to insure that you go to the appropriate spot to cast a vote because it depends on your residence. It also is a way to see if you are a citizen by law. Picking presidents and other governmental authorities should be left up to people who are natural born citizens and those who have a gain citizenship over time. Then again, most people are a little clueless on how voting works with our American government any ways so it does make you wonder why does it matter who has an I.D. or not if some of us voting are uneducated on the matter.

12/7/2014
murrieta ca
Elizabeth padilla
Mr.jabro/creekside high
Honestly, I believe that it is not necessary to have a photo I'd in order to vote. Yes I understand that voter fraud is common and as become a serious issue but I reality do believe that for a person you have to have your own I'd with photo and all your information.

11/20/2014
Murrieta / California
Ziona M
Mr . Jabro / Creek Side High School
I do think ID's should be required just because it needs to be made clear that the citizen is legit and is eligible to vote. Just to make sure they are allowed to vote. I do think that a photo ID should be required; because the person that wants to vote should be able. But then agai, I do Believe if the person is of age to vote then they should vote, some may not have their ideas, so maybe proof of age should be required. but i understand where photo ID's come in, to make sure it is the correct person , and it stays as a fair voting.

11/20/2014
Murrieta / California
Ziona M
Mr . Jabro / Creek Side High School
I do think ID's should be required just because it needs to be made clear that the citizen is legit and is eligible to vote. Just to make sure they are allowed to vote. I do think that a photo ID should be required; because the person that wants to vote should be able. But then agai, I do Believe if the person is of age to vote then they should vote, some may not have their ideas, so maybe proof of age should be required. but i understand where photo ID's come in, to make sure it is the correct person , and it stays as a fair voting.

11/16/2014
Irving/Tx
Jocelyn
Bradley/ Nimitz High School
Voter ID laws seem more like a necessity, considering how just getting on a plane itself can also be considered discriminatory or wanting to cash a check. If people find the time to complain about voter ID laws why don’t they also complain about other activities they can’t participate in without a valid ID. Then again, all these activities are not the types of things that the minorities or poor can do, which in itself is discriminatory. As a student clerk in the election of November 4th we would require photo ID and it had to be a valid Texas ID, not a school ID. Photo ID was really helpful on our part, because we would just have to make sure if the photo matched up with the person showing us the ID (we also checked that their ID has not expired). I would have to say it should be required to show a photo ID, since it’ll make the process for voting faster and more efficient. Keeping in mind how most of the people helping out in voting polls are elderly, their eyesight would greatly appreciate less small print to read. Voter ID laws are there in place for the reason of voter fraud. Why else would there be rules to be able to vote? It’s important for the votes to not be tainted by fraud, because just one vote could make a huge difference in our country’s outcome.

11/16/2014
Irving/TX
Erik
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz High School
I believe as citizens of the United States, we as a collective group should not have voter ID laws. States who have implemented voter ID laws have done so to decrease minority voter turnout, because of the increase in minority population. Republicans are afraid of minorities for the sole purpose of their treatment towards them. States such as Texas have applied this method in order to keep the state red ( republican). Voter ID laws discourages voter turnout and violates the rights of citizens to participate in elections.

11/16/2014
Irving/ Texas
Lidia
Bradley/ Nimitz
I agree with Senator Tim Scott from S. Carolina when he compared having to provide an ID before boarding a on to a plane. I think that it is important to keep to have your ID when going to the voting polls and voting. This, like the article argues, prevents people from falsification of votes. When voters provide identification it allows to keep better count of the votes themselves. I believe that photo IDs should be required to keep most voters on check making sure that no one is voting more than what they are allowed. I do think that the voter ID laws will and do prevent many people from committing voter frauds because this will make it harder for those who try to break those laws.

11/16/2014
Irving/TX
Gabriel M
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that voter ID laws are necessary. Voter ID laws are necessary in order to avoid voter fraud. The thought of having someone who should not be allowed to vote voting is unsettling. I think that having a law that requires photo ID in order to vote is just and should not be discussed. I’d rather have my vote be secure and not compromised by people who are not allowed to vote.

11/15/2014
Irving/TX
Victor
Bradley/Nimitz
Voter ID laws are necessary and not discriminatory. It makes voting fair and it prevents election fraud. If it is necessary to show ID when getting on a plane and when cashing a check why shouldn't it be necessary when voting. It will make voting fair and it will ensure there is no election fraud.

11/14/2014
stroudsburg,PA
Angela
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I think ID laws are necessary because there are probably people doing unfair voting and letting people that aren't aloud to vote,vote. I think voters should be required to show a photo ID because again people could be unfair voting or shouldn't be aloud to vote, There are probably a lot of people already illegally voting and voter ID is necessary and would help with unfair voting.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Joshua
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think it is necessary because say a teenager or even a kid votes without even knowing who he/she is voting for and votes for what most believe the bad person is. Yes I do believe this because as I said it can alter the score by a lot. That is what I think about the voter ID law.

11/14/2014
Irving/Texas
Flor
Bradley/Nimitz
As an election poll worker, I believe that we should have voter ID laws. It was hard enough trying to cooperate with people who didn’t understand why they had to show us a valid ID, and others who wouldn’t grab hold of the concept of what was and wasn’t a valid ID, but ones who didn’t have one, would have to vote provisional ballot, meaning their vote didn’t count. I think it’s important to identify and see a valid identification of one who is voting, and am very glad a lot of states took that into action. That way, there is no fraudness going on in the elections, and somebody doesn’t just decide to be you and vote for their party or some other nonsense. Some states decided to take voter ID laws, but into less strict manners. 10 strict and 21 less strict to be exact. It seems sort of, necessary to me. You show your ID to go to other places, why shouldn’t you in something as important as going to vote?

11/14/2014
Irving/Texas
Tyler
Bradley/Nimitz
Having been a poll worker in Dallas Texas in the last election on November the 4th I didn't find any problems with the "strict" voter I.D. laws, honestly it makes total sense? I agree with Sen. Scott's statement about getting on airplanes and cashing checks. When I worked at the poll I learned how crucial it is that every ballot be accounted for, and how important each ballot is worth. Asking for someone to show you a license or a passport or in some cases having someone shove some obscure but acceptable I.D. (22 people in the whole metroplex...) in your face and start complaining about the law really didn't make sense to me. As far as I'm concerned they should be regular. Voter fraud in a marginal district can make a huge difference and is just wrong. So why not take an extra 15 seconds to pull out your wallet so that some of that voter fraud can be reduced?

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Emma
Mr. Hana / stroudsburg jhs
I think voter id's are nesessarry. They are fair! Even I you are out of the country everyone that votes should have an id

11/13/2014
montana
dwayne
Sidney high school
i think we should.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Quinn
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think voter ID laws are necessary to keep a fair election so there aren't underage or double voters. It is in no way discriminatory because most people have at least one form of ID and those without one aren't being discriminated against they just don't have the proper qualities to vote as a US citizen. Also if they are from out of the country they should definitely have some ID to prove that they are a US citizen. Voter fraud also warrants voter ID laws.

11/13/2014
Irving/Texas
Peyton
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that voter ID laws are very important when it comes to casting a vote as a citizen. These laws keep the system professional, clean, and relatively free of crime. Without laws, anyone can come and cast votes as many times as they want or commit fraud. If we want a fair and equal represented election, we have to know who each person is when they vote and that they only vote once. If upholding these laws causes thousands of eligible voters to not be able to vote, them the results will be smaller in quantity but we will know they are fair. It shouldn't be hard to come prepared with an ID when you go vote; especially when Election Day is the same every year we have it.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Devin
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Voter I'D laws are necessary, without the laws kids that look older than they are can vote. If a kid votes they might not even know what there voting for just what they think the person is like by his or her looks. Voters should have to show a photo ID, otherwise they could have voted already or they could be under the legal age. Yes, if a few people complete voter fraud then the whole election can change.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
colson
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think we should have voter ID laws. I think we should because it shows who voted and who did not. It may be necessary in case some is doing something wrong. So i think we should have voter ID.

11/12/2014
Irving, TX
Jonathan
Bradley/Nimitz
During the last election on November 4th 2014, while I was working at a polling area in Grand Prairie we had no issue with ID's, but we had an issue with many people being in the wrong precinct or voting location. The voter ID laws are in place to assure no one is falsely voting or impersonating another voter. The ID's are a great way to lessen fraud. The IDs did not create a problem at the polls for me so it was a great help that many people already knew to have an acceptable picture ID with them. The only problem was people being in the wrong voting area maybe that is something we can work on next.

11/12/2014
Irving/TX
Colton
Bradley/Nimitz High School
Voter ID laws would be anything but discriminatory. There are people in our country who do not make smart decisions and try to impersonate someone else. It should be required to show an ID so people can prove they are a citizen of the US and not pretending to be someone else. Fraud is a very big issue in the United States both economically and politically. If we become required by law to show voter ID, many cases of fraud will be prevented.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvainia
Mae
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg
I believe that voter ID laws are necessary. People should be required to show a photo ID because not everyone can be trusted. If someone comes to the voting booth and looks very young to be eighteen then how will we know their actual age to prevent underage voting? Yes, voter fraud warrants are necessary.

11/11/2014
Irving/Tx
Carolyn
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
Voter ID laws aren't discriminatory at all, at least during this era. Voter ID laws are important, so there isn't voter fraud, ruining ballots for candidates. Though they are important, I don't think the laws for ID's need to be so strict. There should be more lenience on ID's like permitting college ID'. Voters should be required to show a photo ID, which isn't hard to access. There shouldn't be an issue with discrimination because of voter ID laws, because almost every citizen should have access to a valid photo ID. With voter ID laws, states can prevent voter fraud and assure honest ballots.

11/10/2014
Irving/TX
Marilynn
Ms.Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that voter ID laws are crucial when citizens vote. This law prevents frauds,a person voting more than once, and etc.The election day is an important day that needs to be taken under the hands of those who are citizens of the state and have proper citizenship ID.Those who do not have an ID will be encouraged to get one, so they can vote. A photo ID should also be required because it can prevent people from stealing another person's identity.Without an ID requirement,some votes that are cast would be unfair votes because they were cast more than once, or because people who do not have a full idea of the voting process will vote on whatever without proper knowledge,which would be unfair to those who have their ID and are actually up to date with their choice of candidate.

11/10/2014
Irving,TX
Noemi
Bradley/ Nimitz High School
Voter ID laws are necessary and in no way discriminatory. This is because it is an attempt to keep fairness and prevent fraud rather than separating minorities(those who cannot get IDs) and majorities (those who can receive IDs). It should be required to show a photo ID in order to accurately be identified. Fraud is a big issue, especially when it comes down to an important decision such as the election Senators and Representatives. If not for voter ID laws there would be many unfair votes- double votes or phantom votes.

11/8/2014
Irving/TX
Briana
Bradley/Nimitz
This past election I worked at the polls as a student clerk and I was able to work at the qualifying table, in which I had to check for voter identification. Out of the twelve hours I worked there were no voters without photo identification. These identifications are necessary because with them, we were able to check if the voter was who he or she claimed to be and if they were in the correct voting district, which some where not and were sent to their correct precinct to vote in. Voters can show a state ID, driver license, handgun license, US passport book or Passport ID card, US citizenship/naturalization certificate as well as an an election ID certificate as a valid photo identification, demonstrating that the voter has several options of acceptable ID into the polling place. But, exemption to photo ID requirements, is another option, that a voter can get from the voter registrar if they qualify. Even if a voter doesn’t have a photo ID, whether it be, because of religious objection or due to natural disaster, the voter can still vote provisionally and later go to registrar's office within six days of the date of election to sign an affidavit attesting to the facts. Showing voter ID prevents voter fraud by the fact that the workers of the poll can determine if the person is who he or she claims to be by matching the voter ID to the name on the poll book that has all registered voters name in that precinct.

11/7/2014
Irving,TX
Miguel
Bradley/Nimitz
State ID laws help keep votes fair. In the past, people have had strategies to help their favorite candidate win, these include voting twice and being phantom voters. Voter ID laws are necessary because they help show the most accurate views of citizens in that region. The poor and the minorities may lose representation though, but in the end, the amount of voices that will be heard will be enough to make a almost accurate view point. We need to make sure that the people who are elected got elected fairly. We cannot let someone gain power when they weren’t supposed too. Voting is a solution to giving power to the right people, but the accuracy of these elections completely depend on the way they are done. This means that elections should contain voter ID laws, to best keep these votes as accurate as possible.

11/7/2014
Irving/Texas
Carlos
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with Tim Scott because honestly I don't think this is a big issue. People need a Photo ID for things such as SAT and ACT Testing, cashing a check, and getting on a plane. We need ID's to identify ourselves and it protects our identity. The photo ID keeps track of us and should continue to be used.

11/5/2014
Irving,TX
Claudia
Bradley/Nimitz
When it comes to voting, voter ID laws are necessary, and should not be seen as discriminatory. Under precautious measures, voters should be required to show a photo ID to be able to positively identify themselves. If people were not asked to show an ID when voting, the results would be chaotic and unorganized. Anybody would be able to vote, even if they were not eligible to do so. It is important that the right vote is counted for the right person to make sure and let people know that their votes really do count. If some people found out that an ID is no longer necessary to vote, some would feel discouraged to vote because they would feel it is not being done fairly.

11/4/2014
Irving,TX
Martin
Ms.Bradley/ Nimitz High School
Voter ID laws should be necessary and are not discriminatory because it ensures that elections are fair. Every voter should be required to show a photo ID, so that the only the people who can vote are allowed to vote. It's better for the people who it actually affects because the citizens are the ones that take most of the impact.

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