A new Slate article says that Indiana’s Voter ID law is “harmful and worthless”, but I’d have to say that it’s Walter Dellinger and Sri Srinivasan’s piece that fits that description.
Indiana’s law is a “solution” to a problem that doesn’t exist. The voting fraud it purports to address is illusory. And the means it employs needlessly make it far more difficult for some citizens—especially those who are low-income, elderly, or lack easy access to transportation—to vote.
A photo-ID requirement, in fact, is essentially of no benefit in preventing voter fraud, and it disenfranchises scores of legitimate voters.
Frankly I don’t know the “some citizens” who they are talking about. In Texas most people get their voter ID card while obtaining or renewing their drivers license. Or other photo ID, if they cannot drive.
I’ve never met a person who couldn’t whip out one of these on demand to verify a check or credit card. It’s this mythical oppressed person who does not exist, save by choice, in the transient and/or illegal immigrant community. Neither of these groups is likely to vote, although without a voter ID law either could.
The authors say that the case “will say a lot about the kind of democracy America aspires to be.”
That’s right. Nothing is more fundamental to democracy is the vote. And nothing is more fundamental to exercising one’s right of citizenship than demonstrating you are who you say you are.