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Q: Are voter ID laws a new form of voter suppression?

yes

“Although there is a fear of voter fraud, especially in the recent presidential election of Trump, researchers like David Kestenbaum and other individuals created a podcast in lieu of this subject. Upon running tests on the numbers of voters, cross matching names, etc, researchers have found no actual evidence of voter fraud internally in the US- in fact their work shows that there are exactly zero cases of voter fraud from their research samples. This is not to say that voter fraud is impossible or has never happened in the history of America, but it does show that internal voter fraud is not as widespread as we may think it be. With that being said, limiting a person’s ability to vote due to their lack of an ID because of a fear of voter fraud is not justifiable. Persons who may not be able to afford an ID are excluded, persons who are not of easy access to a distributer are excluded, and those who are not citizens are excluded from voting. Likely, it is poor minorities being targeted in these demographics, and they are nonetheless hardworking citizens that pay taxes and are affected by legislation passed in this country just like everyone else. Excluding major parts of the country could possibly be detrimental to how our elections are skewed in not only voter turnout, but the ultimate results of the elections.”

Madison from Virginia

no

“The only issue that arises if a person does not have valid certification to vote is an issue of time, and the fact that the voting dates are already known and readily available completely nullifies the issue of the wait time since. being a US citizen, suitable ID should already be present as a pert of one of the requirements to vote. Getting a voter ID is not only a non-issue, but is necessary in the system of prevention of voter fraud. Bleeding Heart Kansas was a prime example of this. From 1854-1861, there was no voter identification at all. as a result people were able to vote multiple times and lead to the civil crisis known as Bleeding Kansas, where there were more voters, than people residing in the state, and there was widespread bloodshed as a result due to people forcing others to either vote the way they agreed with, or die. Voter certification is not only necessary to calculate an accurate count and prevent fraud, but it is an important step in preventing chaos from uprising as a result.”

Kenneth from Pennsylvania

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– President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961