Essay 3, Rough Draft
March 26, 2012
Should voters be required to show a photo ID in order to vote?
The laws that require voters to show identifications have been around since 1970, but they are becoming stricter in today’s polls. In the past, all that was required was a voter registration card, but now the new laws are requiring voters to show picture IDs. Just recently there have been many states that have been including the voter ID law in their voting system, including eight states: Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Voters should be required to have an ID to vote because it can eliminate voting under fake names, voting more than once when registered in more than one state, and voting by illegal aliens.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 25 states asked voters to present some form of identification, but only seven asked for photo ID.” In 2006, Georgia’s registration records show that only 42.9 percent of registered Georgians voted when there was no photo-ID requirement. However, in 2010 congressional elections, 50.4 percent voted, which was an increase in more than seven percentage points” (Vons). They claimed that it put a burden on their voters because it took up their time and transportation. This isn’t true because even the homeless and poor Americans can obtain them if the state wants them to. These states will give anyone a free ID if they don’t already have on. Common sense tells you that all they have to do is just pull up their social security number with the date of birth to obtain one.
"If you have to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed, if you have to show a picture ID to get on a plane, you should have to show a picture ID to do that one thing that is so important to us -- vote," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, said at a news conference Jan. 10. (Eversley) In everyday life, society has to have IDs for everything. As a college student, I have to...
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