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Are voter ID laws a new form of voter suppression?

Voter Suppression hit its height in the 1960s when Jim Crow Laws were rampant, and voters were often subject to racist tests to access their polling locations. Eventually, thanks to an effort led by the NAACP, Jim Crow Laws were struck down, and voters were supposedly able to access their polling places without trouble. In the 2016 election, Trump called attention to the perceived threat of voter fraud, and its potential to sway elections. This caused more states to adopt Voter ID laws which require all voters to show an approved form of state or federal-issued identification at the polls.

While Voter ID Laws may seem harmless to many, much of the United States minority population—especially those living in low-income areas and American Indian reservations— are not able to easily get a valid form of identification. Many living on reservations do not have a street address and need to go through a long process that can take weeks or even months to receive an address and acquire a state-issued ID. Others in low-income areas cannot afford the cost of getting the valid form of identification. Many are viewing this as a deliberate attempt to keep minorities—who generally vote liberal—out of polling places.

Others believe that voter ID laws are a simple way to lower the chances of voter fraud occurring. When voters have to show an acceptable form of ID, there is much less opportunity for fraud to happen. Additionally, many on this side believe that getting a valid form of identification is a low lift for most people, since many people in the United States of voting age have a driver’s license, go to school, or have a passport.

What do you think? Are Voter ID laws a new form of voter suppression?

Current Standings:
Yes: 26%
No: 74%
  • Shawna from Florida

    Many NATIVE Americans are unable to vote due to the fact that new laws are stating you must have a residential address to vote. In some places though, they are only allowed to have a PO Box. I’m confused about the comments talking about only citizens should be able to vote, when Native Americans were here long before the rest of us. They are the original citizens of this land.

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    • Rocco from Georgia

      The Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are constitutional. Therefore the voter ID laws cannot be considered a form of voter suppression. Rather what they are is a safe guard to preserve the integrity of the election process. These laws are a necessary product of the technological era in which we live. The ease of voting and the ease with which the elections can be compromised has brought about these laws to protect the rights and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Voter ID laws seem reasonable. Considering the evidence of Russian meddling in the elections and the history of for instance Bush v. Gore and the hanging chad. Lets embrace the change that technology has brought about and look to embracing the freedom we all enjoy as Americans.

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      The Supreme Court has already ruled that voter ID laws are constitutional. Therefore the voter ID laws cannot be considered a form of voter suppressio…

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    • Anna from Minnesota

      One other way through which people are being excluded from voting is through how they can obtain an ID. The process of getting an ID when one does not have one is extremely difficult, given the contradictory form that needs to be filled out. The form requires another valid ID to successfully get a new one, but the reason a lot of people are applying for a new ID is because they do not have them. This makes completing the process of getting an ID nearly impossible, which in turn makes voting nearly impossible for many.

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      One other way through which people are being excluded from voting is through how they can obtain an ID. The process of getting an ID when one does not…

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    • Joshua from Utah

      They may have been the original citizens of this land but if they do not wish, or for other reasons are not U.S. Citizens why should they be able to vote in the U.S. elections?

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    • Matthew from Florida

      The costs to obtain voter identification is the new poll tax, a specific measure that was outlawed in the Constitution.

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    • Arianna from Pennsylvania

      I completely agree with your comment. America is the land of the free and where people come for change. I believe everyone should have the right to vote and we should not have these rigorous voting laws.

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      I completely agree with your comment. America is the land of the free and where people come for change. I believe everyone should have the right to vo…

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    • Jeffrey from Tennessee

      Are they homeless, please clarify

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    • Mikenzi from North Carolina

      I feel like if votongnlaws are in place they would need to take away the cost of getting an ID and make that easier to happen, but if these necassaeu changes are not made then they need to take away the requirements of voter ID

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      I feel like if votongnlaws are in place they would need to take away the cost of getting an ID and make that easier to happen, but if these necassaeu …

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    • Angelica from Florida

      That isn’t an issue necessarily with voting laws so much as it is a symptom of a greater social crisis. The fact is that the bureaucracy in place to aid homeless people, lower class minorities, and Native Americans isn’t a bureaucracy that looks for solutions, but really just places Band-Aids on bullet holes. Let’s say that we don’t pass voter ID laws, and these people have an easier time voting. So what? They still don’t have a proper address. How many of them will actually vote? What politicians will truly address these disenfranchised groups? There’s nothing wrong with voter ID laws. What’s truly wrong is that there are still people in the United States who don’t have a permanent home. How can we call ourselves a prosperous nation with such an unequal distribution of wealth? Neither the Democratic party nor the the Republican party can offer adequate solutions to the present housing crisis– their solutions are not, as one might say, radical enough.

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      That isn’t an issue necessarily with voting laws so much as it is a symptom of a greater social crisis. The fact is that the bureaucracy in place to a…

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  • Peter from Delaware

    Voter ID laws specifically target minority voters. It is a form of voter suppression that resulted from white elite backlash regarding the 2008 election. Individual states looked to restrict the number of minority and poor white voters by requiring registered voters to show a valid government ID, something that minority voters do not always have. Nationally, up to 25% of African-American citizens of voting age lack government-issued photo ID, compared to only 8% of whites. Voter ID laws are implicitly racist; masked in the idea of protecting our democracy. In reality, this problem stems from white elite politicians trying to stop minorities from voting by playing on the anxieties of white civilians. Voter fraud is a myth.

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    • Theresa from West Virginia

      I disagree. If they want an ID to vote, nothing is stopping them. It’s just as easy for them to get an ID as it is for anybody else. There is no racism in requiring a photo ID, it is actually used for many things beyond voting. Now if your statistics are correct, then these people should certainly be encouraged to take the necessary steps to vote, but in reality, you can’t force them to. If they do not take steps to vote, then it is most likely because they have no interest in doing so, not because they are being suppressed.

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      I disagree. If they want an ID to vote, nothing is stopping them. It’s just as easy for them to get an ID as it is for anybody else. There is no racis…

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    • Dameon from Missouri

      I will not say that your statistics are wrong but why is it harder for a minority like an African American to get a license over a Caucasian? Like it doesn’t seem to make sense because No matter the color it is the same process for all.

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      I will not say that your statistics are wrong but why is it harder for a minority like an African American to get a license over a Caucasian? Like it …

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  • Keenan from Oregon

    While I understand the sentiment of wanting to have elections free of voter fraud, the threat of voter fraud is virtually non existent, given that there was only FOUR cases is the 2016 election (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/01/0-000002-percent-of-all-the-ballots-cast-in-the-2016-election-were-fraudulent/?utm_term=.a3d93e25805f). What voter ID really does is make it extremely more difficult for many people (especially those that are minorities) to be able to vote. It’s not something a lot of us have to think about, but it can be very hard for many people to obtain IDs because of cost, transportation, and many other problems that may arise, and this disproportionally impacts minority groups. It is my firm belief that these laws are put in place under the guise of wanting a fraud free election, but for the true purpose of eliminating the voting rights for hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially minorities.

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    While I understand the sentiment of wanting to have elections free of voter fraud, the threat of voter fraud is virtually non existent, given that the…

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  • Robert from Kentucky

    Voter fraud has not been proven to be an issue in any national american elections in recent history. According to data provided from the Brennan Center for Justice, fraud occurs between 0.0003% and 0.0025% of the time. In a 2014 study by the Washington Post, there were 31 instances of of credible impersonation fraud in over 1 billion ballots cast from 2009 to 2014. Many counts of illegal voting happens if somebody signs in under a wrong name, votes are improperly counted, or a mistake occurs in the voting system that causes deceased people to vote. These votes may affect a race if it is within double-digit vote difference, but in the millions of ballots cast, it makes up an incredibly small percent.

    Voter ID laws systematically make it harder for lower-income or minority communities to vote. Every time a new ID law introduced for voting, tens of thousands of eligible Americans are prevented from voting. Native American communities often don’t hold any form of ID, even though they live on American soil. In urban areas, impoverished people may not need any form of ID for day to day life, especially if they are homeless. Immigrants might not understand the new laws, meaning they will not know that they cannot vote without it until they reach the polls.

    This all follows in the tradition of American segregation, where Voter ID laws were put in place that many African Americans could not reasonably acquire. In an age where voter fraud is not a national issue and racism and xenophobia is, voter laws need to be viewed in the light that it will keep American citizens from voting instead of ensuring protections against a phantom threat.

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    Voter fraud has not been proven to be an issue in any national american elections in recent history. According to data provided from the Brennan Cente…

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  • Cody from Wisconsin

    If we lived in an America with automatic voter registration Nationwide and where the government mailed voter ID cards to everyone when they were registered and where getting a replacement was quick, easy, and completely free, then my answer would be no. However, due to many statistics indicating that voter fraud is such a miniscule provoke in America, the cons far outweigh the pros for adopting strong stances on voter ID laws. These laws particularly dissuade those who are feel disenfranchised and unrepresented in America, and we should be doing all we can to make every American believe their voice matters.

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  • Emily from Michigan

    The basis on which people are arguing is derived from political parties. Left-wing or liberal political thought-processes typically tend to argue that people of color, Native American people living on reservations (with no legal street address), and people living in poverty are unable to afford legal forms of identification or must wait for months on end to register their homes, in an effort to practice their rights as Americans. Right-wing or conservative political thought-processes tend to gravitate towards the argument that a lack of proper or enhanced identification will lead to an increased amount of voter fraud. As someone who leans significantly to the liberal side of politics, I believe American people should ALWAYS be able to vote. Valid forms of ID are important, but maybe ramifications can be made for people who cannot afford to make changes that a new government proposes. Systems can be made in order to take the polls to people who struggle monetarily. No amount of money should stop anyone from being able to vote for their own best interest.

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    The basis on which people are arguing is derived from political parties. Left-wing or liberal political thought-processes typically tend to argue that…

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  • Robert from Virginia

    Vote ID laws absolutely suppress voters. I think that everyone should have equal say regardless of their background. Someone who is rich and owns a business should have the same say in the fate of our country as someone who is poverty and receiving food stamps barely surviving. The constitution starts of by saying “We the people of the United States”. The choice of diction is very general. “We the people” not “We the rich businessmen”.. No matter the background everyone should have equal opportunity. The voter ID laws give a clear disadvantage to the pauper population of America. In order to acquire an ID, one must go to the DMV or post office. Getting transportation there can be costly as not everyone lives next door to these places. Once you get there you must wait for usually quite a long time. A lot of people work long shifts every day and barely get by. They literally can not afford to miss work as they may not have enough food for their family. The time commitment is also very real. Finally, after a long wait, one must pay in order to get their ID. People in poverty simply can’t afford this. Voting is way too hard for these people and I believe that voter ID laws are suppressing people’s voices from being heard in the polls.

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  • Donita from Montana

    I know where i live in a really small town we only have p.o. box and the street addresses we do have wont even be recognized when trying to get something shipped to you. i also think native americans should be able to vote too and this stops alot of them from voting as well.

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    I know where i live in a really small town we only have p.o. box and the street addresses we do have wont even be recognized when trying to get someth…

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  • Cooper from Kentucky

    Indigent Americans who face housing insecurity may not have a permanent residence but should still be allowed to vote. This group of Americans has a unique perspective and should have a voice during elections.

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    Indigent Americans who face housing insecurity may not have a permanent residence but should still be allowed to vote. This group of Americans has a u…

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  • luigi from Nevada

    i think that US citizens to vote have the right to vote beacues they where born. and i think that they have the right to vote beacues they can mabey make the wold better.

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  • Sarah from Louisiana

    Similar to the “grandfather clause” this is an indirect way to stop the lower class minorities from voting. I am not talking about immigrants, I am talking about minority citizens such as Native Americans and African Americans. This new requirement may make it difficult for these minorities to attain a voter ID, maybe even taking months to register for one. In a few month’s time, the vote may be over, and they would have not been able to vote because of this requirement. It indirectly goes against the 15th Amendment, infringing upon minority’s right to vote as citizens of the United States is America.

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    Similar to the “grandfather clause” this is an indirect way to stop the lower class minorities from voting. I am not talking about immigrants, I a…

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  • Madison from Virginia

    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.

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    Although there is a fear of voter fraud, especially in the recent presidential election of Trump, researchers like David Kestenbaum and other individu…

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  • Arianna from Pennsylvania

    Everyone should have the right to use their voice and vote no matter what.

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  • Jack from Nebraska

    The use of voter ID law can descriminate against people who do not have an address such as the Native Americans who live in North Dakota reservations without addresses or people who don’t have state issued drivers listened and it can be used as a way to suppress certain minority groups.

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  • Megan from Virginia

    Voter ID laws discriminate against people who may work multiple jobs and/or have little income, and so do not have the time or money to obtain an ID card. Also, Native Americans would have to go through long processes in order to get an address and then get an ID card.

    Multiple sources, including the Washington Post and New York Times, say that voter fraud is not as big of an issue as it has been made out to be. The government should focus on providing equal opportunities for its people rather than implementing systems that harm them.

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    Voter ID laws discriminate against people who may work multiple jobs and/or have little income, and so do not have the time or money to obtain an ID c…

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  • Haley from Massachusetts

    Certain politicians are using fake voter ID laws to lower the amount of black voters

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  • Maysn from Nebraska

    I understand the concern of voter fraud, but for the people who cannot easily access a form of identification, this law puts them at a loss.

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  • Allison from Florida

    Voter ID laws specifically affect minority voters such as the poor. A barrier that suppresses voters is the fee that often comes attached in obtaining a state-issued ID such as a driver’s license. If someone were to be given the choice of whether to spend $20-30 on groceries to feed their family or on a state-issued ID to vote, I’m sure many will sacrifice their opportunity to vote in order to keep their family from going hungry. Georgia passed an “exact match” law which flags voter registrations that display discrepancies with other identification documents such as missing hypens or middle initials. Though this law superficially attempts to protect from voter fraud, registered voters who go to vote at the polls are stuck there for hours because a deputy registrar has to then approve their identity before they are allowed to vote. Laws like Goergia’s exact match law is an example of how voter ID laws disenfranchise minority voters.

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  • Gabriel from Alabama

    In the Georgia election Republican Candidate Brian Kemp,Secretary of State, oversaw 360,000 voters being put on hold and in turn denied to vote on election. This was over very minor details such as putting a middle initial on your voter i.d and not your drivers liscences, a change of address, or being issued a new i.d. This disporpotionally targetted minority communities and first time voters in Georgia. This is clear disenfranchisement and must be addressed before 2020.

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    In the Georgia election Republican Candidate Brian Kemp,Secretary of State, oversaw 360,000 voters being put on hold and in turn denied to vote on ele…

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  • Karen from Florida

    They are trying to find new ways to steal from the indigenous people of this nation. If you’re a native and live on a reservation there should be a polling station on the reservation exclusively for the indigenous people. They know who their tribal members are. Actually I feel that each native American votes should be counted as 2 votes. One vote for the person and the second for everything we have taken from them

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    They are trying to find new ways to steal from the indigenous people of this nation. If you’re a native and live on a reservation there should be a po…

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  • Grace from Tennessee

    In all honesty, it is very hard for someone not to have identification in today’s society. It seems that, in most cases, identification is necessary to thrive in the world in which we live, from driving a car to entering a government building. Although, in the case of minority voters (such as some elderly people, whom do not drive and do not have a authentic birth certificate) it could significantly restrict their right to vote. Interestingly, I have heard that there are a couple million people in the United States without photo identification (that’s quite a lot of voters!). These people could include the people in poverty, Native Americans, people without a need for identification, those who don’t drive, etc. Logistically, I don’t believe that (in the 2016 election) there were many voter frauds. I remember reading that there were less than five documented counts of this. Thus, I don’t statistically see the need for more regulations on voting. It may even become such a hassle for people that voters who would vote, stop going to the polls alltogether. I have heard countless times by politicians, “Go vote! Not enough people are taking advantage of their right to vote.” And although I do vote, I feel that by putting more regulations on something that many people unfortunately already see as an inconvenience, voting will become too much of an issue for potential voters to deal with. Because life goes on, no matter who takes office.

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    In all honesty, it is very hard for someone not to have identification in today’s society. It seems that, in most cases, identification is necessary…

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  • Sayer from North Carolina

    When we require a form of ID for someone to vote, we are requiring something that not everyone has access to. It is free to register to vote and to vote, but not to acquire an ID, therefore disenfranchizing those not in power

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    When we require a form of ID for someone to vote, we are requiring something that not everyone has access to. It is free to register to vote and to v…

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  • Carlos from Idaho

    Lots of low-income families in my area are unable to vote due to the fact that they do not have state-issued IDs. I think it’s a problem that we are facing and we must come up with ways to allow low-income families to vote. If we can find an inexpensive, easy way to obtain a state-issued ID to vote, this can diminish voter fraud but also voter suppression. Instead of saying yes or no, we should look for solutions to help people have a say in politics.

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    Lots of low-income families in my area are unable to vote due to the fact that they do not have state-issued IDs. I think it’s a problem that we are f…

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  • Daniel from Indiana

    If we look at Georgia’s recent midterm elections, the voter purges that happened there specifically targeted minority voters, particularly African American voters. Under the 15th Amendment, the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude”. Because it was a gubernatorial race and because Georgia’s Secretary of State was running for governor, this form of voter suppression could not go unnoticed. It’s known fact that the Secretary of State is in charge of polling stations and the voting process, and by enacting voter ID laws that prohibited you from voting if your name did not match exactly what the Election Committee had on file. Unfortunately, this did target African American voters, who typically vote Democrat, and because the Democrat challenging Secretary of State Brian Kemp for the governor position was African American, it specifically hurt her campaign. These forms of voter ID laws are just another way for the Republican party to try and cheat their way into government positions, and it’s not acceptable anymore.

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  • Makariah from Texas

    Voter suppression laws have been in effect for decades. From Jim Crow laws that had reading tests, to the Florida laws that stopped inmates, both former and current, from voting. The goal of the US is to always find those minds that might not agree with the government and squash them from expressing themselves in the most important way they can: voting. Barring American citizens from voting is both unconstitutional and a testament to how much the country cares about it’s citizens. Native American and African-American voters are routinely targeted with voter ID laws, clauses about jail time or probation, or address-based rules that ensnare them and stop them from voting. If the system works so well and liberals want to push citizens to vote, concerned citizens must first remove the barriers from around voting so voting can become a right, not a privilege. Absentee voters are also discriminated against because elections offices are more likely to misplace and mishandle absentee votes seeing as the voters themselves aren’t there to watch over their own votes. Deadlines for absentee ballot requests are also hindering voters from participating in elections. The lag time between requesting a ballot, receiving a ballot, and being able to cast your vote is ridiculous. There should be ways to track your request, not only your ballot, seeing as the ballot can not be cast without a request sent weeks ahead in most states.
    Homeless population is also a factor. Most homeless people do not have an address, do not carry identification, and can not prove who they are or even their citizenship. To not be able to vote on issues that affect you like public assistance, public housing, or food stamps is inhumane and a form of voter suppression. To have registered voters show up to polls, whether it was election day or early voting, and not be able to vote when they have valid ID and are registered correctly is unfair to the citizens of this country. Every citizen within age of voting should be able to vote and should stay registered until death, change of citizenship, or a professional mental reassessment has taken place. No citizen should be unable to vote when they want to.

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  • Lily from Tennessee

    A voter providing their ID is necessary to see if they are 18 or older. For this reason it shouldn’t be considered a form of voter suppression.

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  • Carlos from Florida

    The use of some sort of ID is understandable: it is used to prevent some sort voter fraud from being committed (non-US Citizens voting, voting multiple times at different precincts, or stealing someone’s vote). I do not consider such voter suppression. However, I do see a problem with other, more extreme ID laws that clearly disenfranchises specific minorities. A great example of this is Georgia’s ‘exact match’ law, which required the information on your ID to be exactly the same as your voter registration; a simple typo in your name could prevent you from voting. This disproportionately affected African-Americans in the state (~70% of the affected), who would have probably voted for Stacey Abrams. It is even more incriminating when you consider that Kemp, Abrams’ opponent, instituted the law. Overall, laws like this are clearly one-sided and meant to disenfranchise specific groups of people, which should be considered voted suppression.

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    The use of some sort of ID is understandable: it is used to prevent some sort voter fraud from being committed (non-US Citizens voting, voting multipl…

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  • Andrew from California

    5% of White Americans don’t have a government-recognized photo ID. Compare that with the 13% of Black Americans, 10% of Hispanic Americans, and 11% of Americans with other racial identities don’t have a government-recognized ID. 2% of people with a household income of $150,000 or more don’t have a government-recognized ID while 12% of people with a household income of less than $25,000 have a government-recognized ID. Recent Voter ID laws are pretty clear with their intentions. The Voter ID law in North Dakota requiring an address not a P.O. Box is obviously a suppression of the Native vote. Rez counties tend to vote Democrat and North Dakota is a Republican stronghold. Reservations often don’t even have addresses. Voter ID laws are a continuation of barriers meant to keep lower class people and people of color away from the polls.

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  • Amanda from Colorado

    If citizens of our country had equal access to obtaining IDs, then a voter ID law would be perfectly harmless. However, we cannot ignore factors that affect Native Americans, minorities, and people within rural areas which impede access to IDs. For example, many Native Americans have an ID for their tribal nation, but not a state issued ID because of transportation issues and the amount of paperwork required. Indian reservations are federal territory, but states are not accepting tribal issued IDs. That is one example of how the voter ID law is a form of voter suppression-by actively preventing citizens from voting. If it is amended to include other forms of ID and when state and local governments enforce policies to make issuing IDs a more accessible process, then the new laws might not suppress voters.

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    If citizens of our country had equal access to obtaining IDs, then a voter ID law would be perfectly harmless. However, we cannot ignore factors that …

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  • Anna from Kentucky

    I believe President Trump often uses fear for his own political gain, like with voter fraud, as there is no evidence to prove that it is an actual threat to our democracy. Voter ID laws are a threat to our democracy because there’s evidence that they specifically inhibit minorities like Native Americans from voting. If voter fraud was an actual problem in our elections, Voter ID laws would be a good idea to combat it, but since it’s not they only marginalize voters. These laws are similar to the incredible disenfranchisement Brian Kemp committed in Georgia while running for Governor when he was Secretary of State under the pretense of security. They are another way for people to maintain or expand their power by suppressing the American people’s right to vote, often specifically American minorities.

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    I believe President Trump often uses fear for his own political gain, like with voter fraud, as there is no evidence to prove that it is an actual thr…

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  • Leah from Kentucky

    The right to vote should be an equal opportunity for everyone. Because of financial or other obstacles that low-income citizens, Native Americans, or others face, the new voter ID laws make it more difficult for these citizens to vote. These laws may even discourage or prevent these people from voting. Overall, I feel that the absence of these voters would sway elections more than voter fraud. Also, there could be other ways to prove citizenship that would be available to all.

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  • Hannah from Pennsylvania

    The fact that a residential address is need to vote silences the voices of many people in our country. Each individual vote is important and every voice should be heard.

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  • Maggie from Kentucky

    While I agree that you should not be able to vote unless you are a US citizen, there are people that are citizens that just do not have an ID for financial reasons. The government has a system of its citizens, and this can be used to verify citizenship at polls. If there continues to be regulations on voting, it will discourage citizens to participate in the democracy.

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    While I agree that you should not be able to vote unless you are a US citizen, there are people that are citizens that just do not have an ID for fina…

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  • Jack from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe that they are because many people should not have to struggle on getting their vote in just because they do not have a good form of ID for the government. I believe that every US citizen has the right to vote even if they do not have the correct form of identification. If they register for the voting, then they have every right to vote because you have to do all sorts of identification when you register to vote to make sure you are who you say you are.

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    Yes, I believe that they are because many people should not have to struggle on getting their vote in just because they do not have a good form of ID …

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  • Sarah from Kentucky

    Shutting out U.S. citizens from votting because they don’t have access to a Government ID, is taking away the rights for people to have a say in their government and is taking away their freedom of speech which is granted to us through the first amendment. Some people show huge intrest and really care about their government, but not having an ID; for example some disabled are not suppose to drive therefore they do not get their licence, but by not having it retricts them from voting, which is not want the government wants, they want votes from many diversities. Therefore I do believe that ID laws are a new form of voter suppression.

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  • Jessica from California

    I can definitely see there being a financial gap as minorities are less likely to have the valid form of ID such as a driver’s license where in contrast those of higher income tend to have those resources. I do think something like a social security card of birth certificate should be a form of valid ID, something everyone citizen has that proves they are a citizen. I also find it extremely disheartening that native Americans have such a hard time registering to vote when they are the backbone of this country and should be treated with utmost respect. We came here and took their land and white washed them not only in law but in culture.

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    I can definitely see there being a financial gap as minorities are less likely to have the valid form of ID such as a driver’s license where in contra…

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  • David from Pennsylvania

    Voter suppression is a strategy used to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing specific groups of people from voting. I believe any added IDs that come with laws are just an added factor used to deter people from voting. When new rules and laws are added into the process of doing things many people will simply exclude themselves completely in order to avoid the possibility of having to put in a little extra effort.I believe the new voter ID laws are a form of voter suppression.

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    Voter suppression is a strategy used to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing specific groups of people from voting. I be…

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  • bailey from Utah

    I think that people shouldn’t show there ID. Some people assume that other people are from other country just because of how they look.

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  • Beau from Utah

    I agree with yes because this law causes minorities and lower-income citizens to be prevented from having a say in the government. This is very similar to racial and wealth discrimination. This causes voting to be dominated by majority groups and the wealthy/general income. This is unconstitutional; every U.S citizen is entitled to citizenship. This issue could be resolved by having IDs but not discriminating on racial or income backgrounds and having it being free or being at a very low price(a few cents). On reservations, addresses could be created.

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    I agree with yes because this law causes minorities and lower-income citizens to be prevented from having a say in the government. This is very simila…

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  • Jean-Pierre from Louisiana

    I think that this is partially the problem because the statistics show that the number of people that are turned away because of lack of money, or being hard to get one, like people that live on an Indian reservation, or people that live far away from where they are supposed to register for their ID

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    I think that this is partially the problem because the statistics show that the number of people that are turned away because of lack of money, or bei…

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  • Keith from Georgia

    I say yes because to be a register voter you have to be an US citizen for a certain amount of years. You have to meet all these extra requirements and the US is a very diversified country because of the amount of “freedom” we have versus other countries. So more than half of the US population aren’t allowed to vote which results in to voters suppression. I went through the whole registration of voting and I saw all the requirements. For instances, here is proof of the requirements that doesn’t allow more than half of the US to vote, https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote.

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    I say yes because to be a register voter you have to be an US citizen for a certain amount of years. You have to meet all these extra requirements and…

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  • Lillian from Wisconsin

    Voter ID laws disproportionately affect minorities who tend to be liberal, and such laws tend to gain more support from conservatives. This in an of itself is enough to call for some scrutiny because there is a obvious incentive for conservatives to support such laws under the banner of stopping voter fraud simply for their own gain.
    I argue that the best way of seeing whether such laws are in place to stop voter fraud or for suppressing voters is to see just how many instances of voter fraud there were in the first place. The Brennan Center found that there was an extraordinary low amount of actual voter fraud by all measures, and in 2014 a voter ID law in Wisconsin was judged by U.S. district judge Lynn Adelman to violate the constitution, and in the trial, those defending the law could not point to even one case of voter fraud within the state.
    It can be incredibly difficult for some Americans to attain identification, and in a lot of cases it can even cost money. Poll taxes are illegal, and even if the intention of requiring voter identification isn’t a poll tax, that’s the role it’s playing.

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    Voter ID laws disproportionately affect minorities who tend to be liberal, and such laws tend to gain more support from conservatives. This in an of i…

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  • Ashley from Arizona

    Voter fraud is rare, but voter suppression is rampant in the United States. We need to clear away boundaries that make it more difficult for people to exercise the right to vote. And voter ID laws are one of those boundaries.

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    Voter fraud is rare, but voter suppression is rampant in the United States. We need to clear away boundaries that make it more difficult for people to…

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  • Sam from Louisiana

    not everyone has a way to get to the dmv or other places in order to get their license. lines are long and hours for these places are short, usually during the work week. it is all mapped out this way to be a form of voter suppression.

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    not everyone has a way to get to the dmv or other places in order to get their license. lines are long and hours for these places are short, usually d…

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  • Sage from Tennessee

    If in order to vote, something is required that every citizen who fits the other voting requirements cannot obtain, then in my opinion it is potentially being used as a form of voter suppression. True coincidences are rare, and I doubt that the fact that voter ID laws most heavily impact minorities and low-income populations is coincidental. I don’t think requiring a photo ID to vote is in and of itself bad, but if the process of getting that ID is restricting American citizens from voting in elections, then the situation needs to be re-evaluated and restructured to become more accessible.

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    If in order to vote, something is required that every citizen who fits the other voting requirements cannot obtain, then in my opinion it is potential…

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  • Brian from Arkansas

    Showing an ID is not that big of a deal when it comes to voting. Citizens have to show their IDs for various other events that they attend. This is to verify age or who you are. Showing your ID to vote helps the poll workers know your in the right place and if not they can point you to right polling place.

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    Showing an ID is not that big of a deal when it comes to voting. Citizens have to show their IDs for various other events that they attend. This is …

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  • Joseph from Wisconsin

    It’s not that hard to get an ID.

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  • Claudia from Georgia

    Requiring literacy in the English language is a historical form of voter suppression. America switched to paper ballots on which voters had to be able to write the name of the candidate for which they wanted to vote to suppress the uneducated working class of America. Additionally, requiring someone to obtain an ID card on their own suppresses the citizens who do not speak English and therefore, cannot fill out all of the necessary paperwork to obtain the proper materials. New laws like Exact Match in Georgia are attempting to suppress the predominantly minority vote by putting their active voter status on hold because of a missing hyphen or apostrophe in their name when they turned in a voter registration application. Purging the voter rolls is also a form of voter suppression because it is simultaneously taking away a voter’s right to vote along with their right to not vote. When people who don’t speak English get letters from Brian Kemp’s office saying there is a problem with their voter registration, they may not be able to read the letter, and therefore may miss a deadline or not bring the right materials, such as an ID, to a polling place and would not be able to vote.

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    Requiring literacy in the English language is a historical form of voter suppression. America switched to paper ballots on which voters had to be able…

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  • Kate from Florida

    It stops people from voting! Everybody should be able to vote, no matter their race, ethnicity, age, gender, or tribal status.

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  • Carnelous from Georgia

    Having someone to show their Id when they vote is voter suppression, not only is it a form of suppression it also is a form of intimidation. The issue of asking someone for an id is humiliating the fact that someone pays taxes and yet still asked for their id to vote is an insult. In addition to this, many low income people do not own an id not to mention homeless people who are citizens.

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    Having someone to show their Id when they vote is voter suppression, not only is it a form of suppression it also is a form of intimidation. The issue…

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  • Keziah-Khue from Washington

    Although voter-ID may not aim to discriminate, it in effect does create a barrier for many people of color to vote. People of color tend to have difficulty getting proper registration identification, because of financial difficulty or inadequate communication, and there aren’t resources targeted towards or readily available to help these people get the registration they need. Many research polls conducted show that blacks and hispanics disproportionately feel that voter suppression is an issue in comparison to whites polled. Personal experience has shown them that voter suppression is a reality and voter-ID may just fuel it. For example, it may seem easy to get an ID. However, Native Americans face great trouble doing this. With the way these communities function, addresses are not used so ID’s can not be made. This severely limits the entire community from voting and the resources necessary to find their addresses are hard to find. Additionally, there has been no evidence that voter fraud is actually occurring. All these measures to avoid that issue are just creating new inequalities.

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    Although voter-ID may not aim to discriminate, it in effect does create a barrier for many people of color to vote. People of color tend to have diffi…

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  • diana from Arizona

    I believe this is true because even if it has a different name and a bit of a different concept to it, it is still pretty similar to what was used before. I get that we want to prevent fraud but their are other ways that this can be done and still be able to have everyone to vote fairly. No matter their race, income, age, etc.

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    I believe this is true because even if it has a different name and a bit of a different concept to it, it is still pretty similar to what was used bef…

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  • Zoey from New York

    If someone doesn’t have identifcation because they are homeless or any other reason. It’s not fair to not let them vote or have any other participatio

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  • Katrina from California

    Regardless of citizenship status, those who live within our country and pay taxes- should have a say in what their money is going towards. Also, many people who are confined within the working class have little to no time to access the DMV when they are constantly working a 9 to 5 job, as the hours do not fit. Taking a day off from work could make the difference between paying rent and losing the house. Getting an ID or renewing an expired ID oppresses the working class, as well as tax payers who have yet to obtain their citizenship in the long process they must go through.

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    Regardless of citizenship status, those who live within our country and pay taxes- should have a say in what their money is going towards. Also, many …

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  • Megan from California

    It is clearly stated that it is the right of US citizens to vote, and therefore, should only reside with those that have citizenship. Simply, if one wants the right to vote and not just live in the US, that person should be obligated to go through the process to become a citizen. Without voter ID, it is much more likely that other countries, such as Russia as claims were made in the 2016 election, are able to interfere in our elections because the boundaries keeping them out are thin and unstable.

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    It is clearly stated that it is the right of US citizens to vote, and therefore, should only reside with those that have citizenship. Simply, if one w…

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    • Thayauna from California

      Native Americans were “American citizens” before American citizens even became what we call it today. Russia was brought up as a defense to the No argument but they are not part of America. We call native Americans that for a reason instead of Indians, which they were mistaken for when Caucasian, English immigrants thought they were on their way to India for herbs and spices; because they were here, in America first. Which means that they should be able to vote as Americans, but are unable to do so because the English immigrants came and took over making up new ways to keep people oppressed such as voter ID. Voter ID as well as the abuse of power is even used to fix elections such as the recent midterms. i.e. Georgia.

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      Native Americans were “American citizens” before American citizens even became what we call it today. Russia was brought up as a defense to the No arg…

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    • Ethan from Alabama

      Although there are issues for certain groups of Americans to acquire a valid I.D., overall it is a pretty easy process. The voter I.D. law does more protection than harm. Without them we give access to voter fraud which in turn would invalidate other American’s beliefs, more of their beliefs.

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      Although there are issues for certain groups of Americans to acquire a valid I.D., overall it is a pretty easy process. The voter I.D. law does more p…

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    • Meghan from Florida

      Many people living in the US have citizenship but are still denied the right to vote. Anyone without a govenment issued ID cannot vote, despite their citizenship. This makes it hard, or even impossible, for the homeless and travelers to vote because they lack a permanent address. Also, if a person loses their ID, they now cannot vote.

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      Many people living in the US have citizenship but are still denied the right to vote. Anyone without a govenment issued ID cannot vote, despite their …

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    • Mikaela from Wisconsin

      I disagree with your statement about having the right to vote. Nowhere in the Constitution is there an article or amendment that states citizens have the right to vote. There may be amendments that give more specifics for who can vote, but in the end nobody has the designated right to vote. Also, the Russians are hacking our voting systems, they are not coming into the country and voting, which means that they aren’t citizens but they still give their input.

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      I disagree with your statement about having the right to vote. Nowhere in the Constitution is there an article or amendment that states citizens have …

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    • abby from Louisiana

      voter id at the polls is a key to making every election fair. with voter id, we know, as a country who is at our polls contributing to the american right instead of terrorist and other countries making there opinions here.

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    • Blaze from Pennsylvania

      I agree strongly with this. Non U.S. Citizens should not have the ability to vote unless they go through the process to become a citizen.

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    • Kiera from Tennessee

      Everyone needs a voter ID to showed that you’re an American citizen and not a fraud. So we don’t go through the same problem like we did in this past presidential election.

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    • Sammy from California

      It’s not too difficult for Americans to attain an identification card. Unfortunately, there are lots of people that refuse to try to get one because they’re lazy and try and find excuses not to.

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      It’s not too difficult for Americans to attain an identification card. Unfortunately, there are lots of people that refuse to try to get one because…

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    • Keenan from Oregon

      But there is very little evidence of any significant voter fraud, and not everyone that is a citizen has an ID, as more than 21 million Americans do not (https://www.aclu.org/other/oppose-voter-id-legislation-fact-sheet). I would agree that we should have laws to manage voter fraud, if voter fraud really existed, but it is incredible rare.

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      But there is very little evidence of any significant voter fraud, and not everyone that is a citizen has an ID, as more than 21 million Americans do n…

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    • Zoey from Florida

      It is an important ability today to show proof of who one is. The word of the neighbor is no longer enough. With the improvement of technology we must demand the ability to do better to see that one is not commiting fraud in all aspects of the voting process.

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      It is an important ability today to show proof of who one is. The word of the neighbor is no longer enough. With the improvement of technology we mu…

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  • Madeleine from Florida

    An ID is required for almost everything else that is done. To get on an airplane, to cash a check, to open a bank account, to buy alcohol. So why do people think that voter ID is voter suppression? These people you mention that are in low income rural areas, more likely than not they are getting some sort of government assistance therefore they must have some form of ID. If there is no voter ID law, what is to prevent voter fraud? People voting when they are not registered or are not a US citizen or not of age or even voting multiple times.

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    • Ethan from Alabama

      Although there are issues for certain groups of Americans to acquire a valid I.D., overall it is a pretty easy process. The voter I.D. law does more protection than harm. Without them we give access to voter fraud which in turn would invalidate other American’s beliefs, more of their beliefs.

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      Although there are issues for certain groups of Americans to acquire a valid I.D., overall it is a pretty easy process. The voter I.D. law does more p…

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  • Jared from Ohio

    I don’t believe that requiring valid ID to vote is wrong, but I do wish the process for receiving either a valid address or ID would be easier so more people could vote. If they reside in the United States legally, then the deserve the right to have a voice. Blocking that voice because they don’t have ID sucks, but I do feel it has to be done.

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    I don’t believe that requiring valid ID to vote is wrong, but I do wish the process for receiving either a valid address or ID would be easier so more…

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  • Robert from California

    Voting in the United states is a right of a legal citizen, born in or naturalized by law to the state within the union of the Federal government. Any law abiding citizen has the right to vote and need not fear showing their ID to vote. Some progressives want to change this so illegal migrants can vote, to manipulate the balance of party votes to consiantly be in favor of Democrat. This has already been done in California, with the state government allowing illegal undocumented migrants to receive state Identifications and Driver’s licenses, prompting the need for the new federally issued state ID. It is Constitutionally, ethically and morally wrong to allow people’s outside of United States citizenship to vote in United States voter polls which would have an outcome which will affect United States laws and regulations.

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    Voting in the United states is a right of a legal citizen, born in or naturalized by law to the state within the union of the Federal government. Any…

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  • Mario from New Mexico

    Gun ownership is a more fundamental right than voting is. If requiring identification is infringing the right to vote then requiring identification to purchase a firearm should also be considered an infringement of a person’s rights. In my opinion, the standard for voting and for purchasing a firearm should be the same,whether that means stricter voting laws or looser gun laws. If a person cannot meet the requirements to own a firearm, how can they be qualified to vote on how the government will use it’s own vastly larger arsenal?

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    Gun ownership is a more fundamental right than voting is. If requiring identification is infringing the right to vote then requiring identification to…

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  • Andrew from Indiana

    New voter ID laws are not a form of suppression because it is illogical to think that we should allow people to vote without a government issued ID. If people are having trouble getting voter ID’s then perhaps the BMV or other ID warenting bureaucratic systems need to alter their qualifications making it easier for anyone who is having trouble getting an ID. The major reason I believe it is illogical that we would allow people to vote without an ID is the chance of non US citizens voting in our elections. In the 2016 elections there was controversy about Russia manipulating the voting results. If people are so worried about russia manipulating the results why would we risk letting illegal aliens vote in our elections “legally” altering the results.

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    New voter ID laws are not a form of suppression because it is illogical to think that we should allow people to vote without a government issued ID. I…

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  • Kenny from California

    Without IDs, it’s simply too easy to cheat. The “found” ballots are a testament to this — deliberately destroyed and then forged in order to favor the opposing candidates. That would not be happening if a photo ID was required by law to accompany said ballots.

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    Without IDs, it’s simply too easy to cheat. The “found” ballots are a testament to this — deliberately destroyed and then forged in order to f…

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  • Pat from Kentucky

    These requirements are not suppression at all. The reason why these laws were implemented was not to keep the poor or those of Native American descent from voting, but rather to keep people from voting multiple times. It does make it harder on those with less money to vote, but it also prevents illegal immigrants from voting in our elections and shaping our country.

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    These requirements are not suppression at all. The reason why these laws were implemented was not to keep the poor or those of Native American descen…

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  • Ruth from Georgia

    Voter ID is meant to prevent voter fraud. Proving your identity is necessary for other things – like cashing a check or checking out a library book – and voting is so much more important.

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    Voter ID is meant to prevent voter fraud. Proving your identity is necessary for other things – like cashing a check or checking out a library book – …

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    No, voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression as the only intent of the laws is to ensure a fair and just election. The ability to vote for government officials has always been, and should be, a privilege for US citizens, and one sure and simple way to ensure this citizenship is to be forced to show a valid ID to the polling station. While there are some people who may not be in the correct financial situation to afford an ID, that is not the problem of the polls, that is an issue of our government and should be handled accordingly. If the government made it easier and cheaper to obtain a simple ID, then more minority groups would be able to vote in the election. However, if no voter ID laws were in place, it would be much easier to illegally vote and sway the election; something that should not be a capability.

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    No, voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression as the only intent of the laws is to ensure a fair and just election. The ability to vote for g…

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  • Cody from Kentucky

    Voting is for U.S citizens only above the age of 18. People should be required to have an ID to prove this so that the poles are not skewed and people who are not citizens can’t vote. This right is reserved for citizens of the United States to vote for the representatives that govern our country. Identification is necessary to prove you are a citizen and should be used to determine whether you are able to vote or not.

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    Voting is for U.S citizens only above the age of 18. People should be required to have an ID to prove this so that the poles are not skewed and people…

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  • Ray from Kentucky

    I don’t think that Voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression. That is a far-fetched statement to me. I believe it is right to ID everyone so that there is no chance for fraud. This just makes our elections safer and easier to handle. However, I do think that everyone should have a vote. Therefore, we should find a steady medium to keep our polls secure but also make sure everyone should vote.

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    I don’t think that Voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression. That is a far-fetched statement to me. I believe it is right to ID everyone so…

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  • Samuel from Georgia

    Voter ID is not voter suppression. It does not target a minority grew like the poll tax or literacy test from back in the Jim Crow days. It only suppresses votes of non-citizens, who do not have the right to vote in the first place, nor should they. It doesn’t matter if an illegal alien is from Mexico or Montreal, they should have no say where law abiding taxpayers money goes, or any other issue. Every US citizen over 18 has the inalienable right to vote, and Voter ID requirements do not change that fact.

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    Voter ID is not voter suppression. It does not target a minority grew like the poll tax or literacy test from back in the Jim Crow days. It only suppr…

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  • Carmen from Kentucky

    While I understand that requiring voter IDs may make the voting process more complicated for some, I believe that it overall benefits the majority of the US population. Also, it is a simple way to lower the chances of voter fraud, which has proven to be an issue in past elections.

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    While I understand that requiring voter IDs may make the voting process more complicated for some, I believe that it overall benefits the majority of …

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  • ava from Kentucky

    The new voter ID law is not a type of suppression because each individual American citizen should be able to vote for him or her self. This ID law prohibits impersonating voters.

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  • Andrew from Pennsylvania

    I think that they should have a ID to vote to prevent any problem like the last election. It also prevents any kind of fraud. Another thing they could do is make another form of verification to show their identity.

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    I think that they should have a ID to vote to prevent any problem like the last election. It also prevents any kind of fraud. Another thing they coul…

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  • coollette from Pennsylvania

    I feel like having an ID in order to vote is understandable. You need an ID for a lot of things. I don’t think this should offend anyone. Needing an ID to vote is not a form of suppression. Having an ID will help prevent voter’s fraud. The people who do not have any form of identification due to not having an address could still work on getting one. If they really tried to make a way to get an ID it could happen. Everyone has a right to vote. Some people just have to work harder than others in order to vote.

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    I feel like having an ID in order to vote is understandable. You need an ID for a lot of things. I don’t think this should offend anyone. Needing an I…

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  • Maria from Pennsylvania

    The idea behind Voter ID laws are to protect the elections from fraud. I personally cannot see how it could be suppressing since it is possible for anyone in the US to obtain the form of ID that they require. Its the same idea as registering to vote, you simply add steps to the process. If you want to vote badly enough, you will go through the process.

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    The idea behind Voter ID laws are to protect the elections from fraud. I personally cannot see how it could be suppressing since it is possible for an…

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  • Hannah from Ohio

    As long as citizens are notified with enough time to get an ID, then voter ID laws can help prevent election fraud. However, if citizens, especially low-income citizens, are not notified well enough in advance, then voter ID laws can cause voter suppression and under representation in certain groups.

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    As long as citizens are notified with enough time to get an ID, then voter ID laws can help prevent election fraud. However, if citizens, especially l…

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    • Mario from New Mexico

      This is an important caveat, requiring an ID is not voter suppression but making it unnecessarily hard to obtain an ID could be. If people are concerned about the difficulty of people getting an ID then the solution should be to make IDs easier to obtain.

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      This is an important caveat, requiring an ID is not voter suppression but making it unnecessarily hard to obtain an ID could be. If people are concern…

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  • Michelle from North Carolina

    It is a constitutional right to be able to vote….the constitution is of US Citizens, so it makes perfect sense that you should have to prove who are are to vote.

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  • Jonathan from Mississippi

    I believe that only American Citizens should vote in American elections. Voter IDs help ensure that only American citizens are voting.

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  • Ryan from Idaho

    If everyone is afraid of other countries interfering in our election, why are people complaining about voter ID then? It’s good to know who’s voting and if they can. If people are afraid that it’s a form of voter suppression, then do what companies or colleges have been doing to encourage young people to vote: do something about it. Set up a program that helps people (who are citizens) obtain the proper ID the state requires, provide information to people about what they need to vote. That way there’s no stopping people from voting.

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    If everyone is afraid of other countries interfering in our election, why are people complaining about voter ID then? It’s good to know who’s voting a…

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  • Jonathan from California

    Nah

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  • Mikayla from Kentucky

    It is very important to have Voter ID when voting for elections. This will help stop voting fraud and by not allowing people from other countries try and interfere with elections. We need Voter ID so all elections are fair.

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    It is very important to have Voter ID when voting for elections. This will help stop voting fraud and by not allowing people from other countries try …

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  • Abbey from Ohio

    Some type of identification is required for virtually everything now, from passports/visas, employment, federal/state assistance, educational assistance, using a debit/credit card to make purchases, involvement in youth-related club activities, etc. If a person does not find offense providing identification in those situations where they want something, then why find offense when exercising their right to vote? And let’s face it, a person would have to be totally disconnected from life if they have not come across a situation that would require them to produce identification. Would a person like that be concerned about politics and voting? Not likely. It only makes sense to require identification at the voting polls, unless you are trying to illegally sway the results of an election.

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  • Eric from New Mexico

    I believe it would be more fair if the citizens of the United States of America should vote within the United States. Other’s that want to vote should go through the process to be a citizen, whilst those who reside on the countryland their lives, should already have that right

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    I believe it would be more fair if the citizens of the United States of America should vote within the United States. Other’s that want to vote should…

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  • Kenneth from Georgia

    Its not the necessarily the actual identification its the amount of voter booths and the locations and the process that people who live in urban and or rural area’s. They prevent new voters and or low income citizens the right to due process. Just look at all the elections this year that had to be recounted or investigated. Kemp vs. Abrams. He should’ve never been allowed to run due to the fact he was ovet the actual voting process. He cheated and everyone knows it.
    I think the age limit should be 16 as well. If your old enough to drive on these dangerous highways you should be able to vote.
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    Its not the necessarily the actual identification its the amount of voter booths and the locations and the process that people who live in urban and o…

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  • Adriana from Florida

    I understand that it may not be easy for everyone but make the sacrifice to help better our country!

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  • Gabriel from Virginia

    Requiring Voter ID is a way to prevent fraud and foreign influences on elections. Verifying that a person is who they say they are is not actively preventing certain people from voting it is securing and protecting elections.

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    Requiring Voter ID is a way to prevent fraud and foreign influences on elections. Verifying that a person is who they say they are is not actively pre…

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  • Jarshua from South Carolina

    Our today most of our society consist of United States minority population—especially those living in low-income areas and American Indian reservations. It is more important to take encounter of every America voice.

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  • Dezzoray from Tennessee

    Voter fraud is a serious and apparent problem. Although it’s often talked about it has a very easy fix. Using voting IDs is not a form of voter suppression but a form of showing who can actually legally vote and who cannot. It is not hard to get a legal document saying that you are legally allowed to vote.

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    Voter fraud is a serious and apparent problem. Although it’s often talked about it has a very easy fix. Using voting IDs is not a form of voter suppre…

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  • Aileen from Oregon

    If you are truly a U.S. citizen looking to fulfill your civic duty of voting, there are ways you can obtain an ID. By the time you’re 18, you’ve been old enough to find a job, and need an ID for that, which can be saved up for by mowing lawns or babysitting for your aunt. And I’m certain that there are many programs out there to assist people with the cost of obtaining some sort of government issued identification, which you also need to cash a check, visit the doctor’s office regularly, and several more. If you do not have an address (something that does not only apply to those living on the reservations) there is still a process you can go through, and if you truly want an ID, you can make it happen. Do not expect others to make it happen for you.
    I can see how it helps to ask for an ID in order to keep people from voting multiple times and keep non-citizens from voting. However, I do acknowledge that there may be another way to prove who you are, such as showing your birth certificate, which says you were born in the United States. Either way, claiming that asking for your ID is voter suppression seems to be far-fetched. I do not think the thinking behind the making of the law was “let’s keep those natives from voting” or “tough luck if you can’t afford an ID.” We only want U.S. citizens to vote, and to only vote once There is always a way to obtain your ID, even if you really have to think outside the box to afford it. In a country everyone claims there is opportunity for everyone, you make possible whatever you want to happen.

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    If you are truly a U.S. citizen looking to fulfill your civic duty of voting, there are ways you can obtain an ID. By the time you’re 18, you’ve been …

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  • Jamelene from California

    I don’t think voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression. Although voter fraud statistically, might not be an extreme issue, it still an issue that needs to be prevented. It’s very important that we make efforts to increase voter turnout rather than deplete it. Moreover, some may say that having voter ID laws will decrease voter turnout, when it can be argued that it will increase it. The New York Times has claimed that having voter ID laws could influence people, who are opposted to the law, to vote. Proof of identification is needed to by alcohol, apply for a bank account, and to buy a house, so it wouldn’t be so radical to say that identification is needed to be able to vote.

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    I don’t think voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression. Although voter fraud statistically, might not be an extreme issue, it still an issue …

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  • Vic from South Carolina

    The idea that verifying ones identity to vote is somehow suppressive is an absurdity. There are easy straightforward solutions to every reasonable argument against requiring voters to present an ID. Unfortunately, most of the arguments are neither based in reality or useful to the conversation.

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    The idea that verifying ones identity to vote is somehow suppressive is an absurdity. There are easy straightforward solutions to every reasonable arg…

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  • Scott from New York

    Voter ID laws are just protocols to prevent fraud from occurring in elections so that recounts aren’t a constantly necessary thing. The ID registration may affect people that aren’t able to access their ID’s, but if they are aware of the laws months in advance of a vote, they would in theory be able to file whatever they need before the vote.

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    Voter ID laws are just protocols to prevent fraud from occurring in elections so that recounts aren’t a constantly necessary thing. The ID registratio…

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  • Karla from Texas

    Proving your identity is used in many activities including gaining welfare and medical benefits. Most people have a form of identification. For those that do not, a voter ID can be obtained free.

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    Proving your identity is used in many activities including gaining welfare and medical benefits. Most people have a form of identification. For thos…

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  • Joel from Virginia

    Voter ID laws make it so that people can’t rig the polls and skew the numbers by voting multiple times. It’s sad that we have to do this now but it’s what it has come to with people being very serious about who they do like and who they don’t like.

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    Voter ID laws make it so that people can’t rig the polls and skew the numbers by voting multiple times. It’s sad that we have to do this now but it’s …

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  • Tim from California

    You need an ID for almost everything else you do. Why not this?

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  • Adam from Maryland

    Identification is inexpensive and readily available to everyone. Citizens must present ID for a multitude of reasons in everyday life.
    The accusation that requiring voters to verify who they are is suppression is being used as a smokescreen to allow unauthorized people to vote.

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    Identification is inexpensive and readily available to everyone. Citizens must present ID for a multitude of reasons in everyday life.
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  • Richard from Colorado

    If i have to show an id to buy certain video games and movies, than there is absolutely no reasonable justification for the same standards to apply when taking part in our Democratic process. And if you honestly think a person os too poor and cant spend less than $20 or make $20 for an id, well i would say that soinds like the sofr bigotry of low expectations to me. The federal systems os designed and intended to protect and preserve citizens, and as such only citizens should have a vioce in ths process

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    If i have to show an id to buy certain video games and movies, than there is absolutely no reasonable justification for the same standards to apply wh…

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  • Hannah from Kansas

    In my opinion, IDs do prevent from some forms of fraud. When voting we should have to show our IDs and if you don’t have one, there should be some other form or document that can allow you to vote.

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    In my opinion, IDs do prevent from some forms of fraud. When voting we should have to show our IDs and if you don’t have one, there should be some oth…

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  • Ashley from Ohio

    If you are not a citizen of the United States, then why would it make sense for non-citizens to control how our government works.

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  • Paige from Virginia

    Voter ID laws are in place to make sure people are only voting once, are citizens, and that there isn’t voter fraud going on. While there are very few examples of voter fraud being an issue, the others are. If there isn’t documentation of who is voting, one person could vote for a certain candidate multiple times, which is not how voting in the United States should work. Also, in states where there are many illegal immigrants, documentation is especially important since voting is a privilege that you must be a citizen to obtain. For those minorities and people of Native American descent, there should be an easier way to get identification so that their voice can be heard, but identification is needed to keep the voting process as pure as it can be. At the moment, 34 states require a form of ID to vote and the other 16 have a different method, but the best way to keep the people’s confidence in the election process high is to require some kind of ID to vote.

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    Voter ID laws are in place to make sure people are only voting once, are citizens, and that there isn’t voter fraud going on. While there are very few…

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  • James from Virginia

    Voting is a citizens right, not a human right.

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  • Jamie from Iowa

    Need ID’s for so many things that aren’t as important as voting. ID’s should be required for anyone who wants to vote, no matter which state they live in.

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  • Sarah from Texas

    you need ID to buy spraypaint, board a plane, and use a credit card. It only makes sense you need ID to vote.

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  • Anne from Minnesota

    You need I.D to do a lot of things as an adult. Getting one is very easy. If people have trouble getting an I.D then government should help them get one. Voter fraud is a huge issue in America. We need voter I.D laws.

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    You need I.D to do a lot of things as an adult. Getting one is very easy. If people have trouble getting an I.D then government should help them get o…

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  • Caleb from Pennsylvania

    I am from a small rural county in southwestern Pennsylvania that has historically been famous for voter fraud. In the general election in 2004, my mother, an attorney, witnessed a neighbor that she grew up with voting at our precinct polling place. This woman was using her maiden name & voting with her parents using their address. My mother knew that she had been married for more than a dozen years and had been living in Morgantown, West Virginia (Monongalia County is one county to the south, across the state line) for more than a decade. My mother did her duty as a citizen & an officer of the court and filed a complaint on the spot with the election bureau. The woman was able to cast a provisional ballot, but lost the hearing & her vote was not counted & she was to be removed from the roles. When I voted for the first time last year,I had to show ID, as all first time voters do in PA. My mother questioned at the polling place & was shown the roles that still included this woman a dozen years later. Voter fraud alive and well! Every person who commits it dilutes the vote of citizens like my mother who has never missed voting, even voting by absentee ballot 14 times during college and law school. Native Americans excluded, an ID is simple and inexpensive to get, in many jurisdictions it is free. ID is required for any form of public financial benefit, for banking, for flights and to buy alcohol or cigarettes. ID should be required to exercise our most sacred right, the right to vote.

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    I am from a small rural county in southwestern Pennsylvania that has historically been famous for voter fraud. In the general election in 2004, my mot…

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    No, voter ID laws are not a new form of voter suppression because it allows the votes to not be fraud which makes the votes actually real and not sway elections and it doesn’t directly target lower income voters unlike the Jim Crow Laws that did direct to African Americans.

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    No, voter ID laws are not a new form of voter suppression because it allows the votes to not be fraud which makes the votes actually real and not sway…

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  • haydon from District Of Columbia

    Voter ID laws, I believe, are essential. They help keep honestly in voting, and ensure that people are voting fairly. If people have a strong desire to vote and want to truly fulfill their civil duties, then coming up with an ID should not be a problem. I understand that coming up with an ID may be difficult, but there are people in this world who will help others get an ID to vote. Many organizations and people are very passionate about voting and could easily help anyone who needs help to get an ID. Eliminating these laws could open up elections to fraud and cheating, and we can not have that in America. Voter ID laws are the best overall for the people.

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    Voter ID laws, I believe, are essential. They help keep honestly in voting, and ensure that people are voting fairly. If people have a strong desire t…

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  • Luke from Kentucky

    Since there is a way for these minorities to gain the required paperwork so that they can vote(though it may be hard), I don’t think it is wrong. I do believe there is a problem of illegal immigrants be used to vote for the Democratic party who are more friendly towards them. If all people who enter the vote they want when they aren’t even a citizen, then there will be an overabundance of illegitimate votes that sway the Election in the way of the person using them.

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    Since there is a way for these minorities to gain the required paperwork so that they can vote(though it may be hard), I don’t think it is wrong. I do…

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  • Jake from Kentucky

    No they are not because they do not discriminate any more than they did back when they were first implemented. They will not lower the voter fraud because a brief set of laws will not be sufficient for regulating polls.

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    No they are not because they do not discriminate any more than they did back when they were first implemented. They will not lower the voter fraud bec…

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  • Gabrielle from Kentucky

    I believe ID is needed in the case of voting. ID is a way of insuring the proper and eligible people are voting. Without ID how would we know who is actually voting, how old they are, or if they are even a citizen. The use of ID isn’t to discourage voters but to make voting safe and fair.

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    I believe ID is needed in the case of voting. ID is a way of insuring the proper and eligible people are voting. Without ID how would we know who is a…

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    The right to vote in the United States of America is a privilege and civic duty of [eligible] citizens. The right to vote is not available to those who illegally immigrate to the United States of America. With an increase in illegal immigration, necessity calls for the government to create and enforce laws that ensure those who wish to vote truly are American citizens. Should the government choose to do so, it would be wise to create easy ways of obtaining the necessary identification materials so that all American citizens are able to obtain them.

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    The right to vote in the United States of America is a privilege and civic duty of [eligible] citizens. The right to vote is not available to those wh…

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  • Julia from Kentucky

    No, I do not believe that voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression. While I believe voting is an essential part of our democracy and understand the value of making your voice heard, requiring an ID to vote is not an absurd request. In most states, a valid form of identification is required to fly, drive, apply for a credit card, to get a job and many other tasks of citizens, therefore, it only makes sense to require an ID to vote. It is a privilege for US citizens to vote and it is a privilege that should not be taken lightly. Therefore, having a valid form of identification should be required to vote. In my opinion, if those in minorities truly wanted to vote, they would do everything in their power to obtain an ID, even if it takes multiple weeks to receive an address and acquire a state-issued ID. In addition to this, election day is ALWAYS the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. US citizens know when the elections are, therefore it is preposterous to say that this lengthy process inhibits one from voting. Once again, while it is a tedious task to obtain an ID, if one truly wants to vote, they will diligently consider all of their options. In summation, requiring a voter to provide a form of identification is not voter suppression.

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    No, I do not believe that voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression. While I believe voting is an essential part of our democracy and understa…

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  • Nathan from Kentucky

    N oI do not think that voter ID laws are a new form of suppression within this nation. People needed to be accounting for, expeciallywhen it comes to elcetion, and voter fraudneeds to remain eliminated which can only be achieved with these kind of voter ID laws. If you cannot get a valid UNited States federal or state identificaiton card, then do not even bother voting, because there is not for illegal people living in this country to be voting on the leaders of our nation. To conculde, these voter ID laws are incredibly important in our nation to prevent corruption, fraud, etc.

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    N oI do not think that voter ID laws are a new form of suppression within this nation. People needed to be accounting for, expeciallywhen it comes to …

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  • ashley from Alabama

    Voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression. People need to have their voices heard, under right conditions. In order to keep U.S. Citizens votes honest and true, these are necessary to have. No one who is not a U.S. Citizen should have the ability to vote on U.S. Government matter. These ID’s will prevent fraud from happening as well as showing a person’s rights as a U.S. Citizen, to vote!

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    Voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression. People need to have their voices heard, under right conditions. In order to keep U.S. Citizens vote…

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  • Jacey from Kentucky

    Voter ID laws do not entail voter suppression because identification is the basic requirement for most things, i.e. cashing a check, going to the hospital, touring the White House, all require photo ID. These are available to everyone for free or a nominal fee, not just certain groups, so it is equally enforced under the law. While some may see this as a burden, protecting the integrity of the vote from those who do not have the right to vote is worth the cost. If people do not believe in the integrity of the vote, they will lose faith in it and damage the country. Only those who have the right to vote should be able to vote.

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    Voter ID laws do not entail voter suppression because identification is the basic requirement for most things, i.e. cashing a check, going to the hosp…

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  • Carter from Kentucky

    Voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression. If a US citizen wants to vote they will be prepared with their ID when they go to the polls to vote. This also prevents voter fraud and stops illegal immigrants from voting in elections because they would just vote for a candidate who is more likely to support and help them or at least not try to eliminate the illegal immigrant problem.

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    Voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression. If a US citizen wants to vote they will be prepared with their ID when they go to the polls to vote…

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  • Claire from Kentucky

    I do not think that Voter I.D. laws are suppressive because this could cause those not eligible to vote to partake in the election. Those not 18 or older could vote in an election along with those who are not citizens. Elections are made so that those who are voting can benefit from their taking of office. Also, this could result in people voting more than once which would cause unfair representation of areas. This could also allow people to vote under different names which could take away the person’s right to vote in an election.

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    I do not think that Voter I.D. laws are suppressive because this could cause those not eligible to vote to partake in the election. Those not 18 or ol…

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  • Cody from Florida

    While voterID laws may have a disproportionate effect on minorities, this is incidental to the laws and has nothing to do with the merits of voterID in itself. Given the two year time span between elections there is ample time for nearly everyone who truly desires to attain proper ID to do so, even if some have to go to greater lengths due to extenuating circumstances such as their income, lack of transportation, etc.; furthermore, voterID laws don’t preclude efforts to increase availability of ID to such people. The only reason to prefer a lack of voterID laws to such efforts is to extend the franchise beyond its proper scope by providing it to residents who may not necessarily be citizens.

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    While voterID laws may have a disproportionate effect on minorities, this is incidental to the laws and has nothing to do with the merits of voterID i…

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  • kenneth from Kentucky

    I do not believe that voter id laws are a form of voter suppression by any means. For something to be classified as such it needs to specifically target somt demografec and make them less able to vote than others. The requirement of id in my mind should always be there if nothing else to prove that the people voting are in fact allowed to vote.

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    I do not believe that voter id laws are a form of voter suppression by any means. For something to be classified as such it needs to specifically targ…

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  • mia from Kentucky

    I strongly agree with this. I believe that all US Citizens should be allowed to vote with a valid identification. Getting a valid identification can be difficult which leads me to say that it should be an easier process. Swaying votes is unfair although it has been done in the past. If one would like to vote in the election and isn’t a US citizen, they should go through the process of becoming a citizen. This would help the protection of voting and even fraud.

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    I strongly agree with this. I believe that all US Citizens should be allowed to vote with a valid identification. Getting a valid identification can b…

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  • Maria from Kentucky

    I do think that these new Voter ID laws are suppressive. In order to prevent people from voting multiple times at separate locations or to prevent those who are not of age from voting, people should be required to show forms of verification. With these new ID laws, it will ensure that the votes that are getting counted are valid and representative of what the people want.

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    I do think that these new Voter ID laws are suppressive. In order to prevent people from voting multiple times at separate locations or to prevent th…

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  • Adelaide from Kentucky

    To be able to drive, fly, cross borders, etc, a drivers license or a form of identification must be given. This is why I believe that showing a form of identification when voting is not a bad thing. Showing a form of identification shows that you are who you say you are, proves your age, and helps to know you are voting where you are supposed to be. While it may be hard financially for some people to have one, I still believe that it is not a bad thing to have it required to show a form of identification when voting.

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    To be able to drive, fly, cross borders, etc, a drivers license or a form of identification must be given. This is why I believe that showing a form o…

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  • Gracie from Kentucky

    No, I do not think that voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression. The main goal of these laws is not to limit citizen voting or to make it more difficult. It is to prevent fraud & make sure those that vote are the right people that vote. Minorities most likely see these laws as a way to make things more difficult for them; however, it is just to prevent things from happening in the voting booths that aren’t supposed to.

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    No, I do not think that voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression. The main goal of these laws is not to limit citizen voting or to make it mo…

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  • Cori from Kentucky

    I do not think this is suppressing people’s rights to vote. Similar to how you have to show a form of ID when you fly, to prove your age, or cross borders, it makes sense that you have to show a form of ID for something as important as voting. Identification is simply protecting people and their rights. Accordingly, the problem here is not that one is required to show their ID before voting. The problem is that it’s hard for certain people to access a form of ID. The government should work to make it easier for all citizens to possess a form of ID.

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    I do not think this is suppressing people’s rights to vote. Similar to how you have to show a form of ID when you fly, to prove your age, or cross bor…

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  • Taylor from Kentucky

    Voter ID Laws are not a new form of voter suppression. In order to vote, you must be a citizen and having your ID just proves that. Your ID is needed for many things and it is just being used to verify who you are, where you are from, and your age. If it is required for buying alcohol, cigarettes, applying for jobs, opening a bank account, then it is not wrong to ask for it to verify that you are a citizen in order to vote.

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    Voter ID Laws are not a new form of voter suppression. In order to vote, you must be a citizen and having your ID just proves that. Your ID is needed …

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    Determining voter ID is not a form of suppression. It is the law that only US citizens may vote in US elections just as it is in every other country. In order to determine whether you are legally voting, voter ID laws are necessary in order to keep elections legal and prevent illegals from voting. If you are not a US citizen, you are not allowed to vote. Bars ask for ID’s in order to determine if you are of legal drinking age; therefore, it doesn’t infringe on voter’s rights to ask for IDs.

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    Determining voter ID is not a form of suppression. It is the law that only US citizens may vote in US elections just as it is in every other country. …

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  • Ben from Kentucky

    I believe voter id laws are designed to protect against voter identity fraud not as a form of suppression. I feel like identity fraud is a big issue when it comes to voting and I feel like if you have to have a photo ID it will help with lowering the percentage of fraud at the voting polls

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    I believe voter id laws are designed to protect against voter identity fraud not as a form of suppression. I feel like identity fraud is a big issue w…

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  • Bella from Kentucky

    No, we are not suppressing by asking for an ID. If someone does not have a government ID, there are other ways to receive one. Therefore, why should it be a problem? Officials need to be able to see if a person meets the requirements to vote, and asking to see a persons ID is an easy way to confirm those requirements.

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    No, we are not suppressing by asking for an ID. If someone does not have a government ID, there are other ways to receive one. Therefore, why should i…

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  • Thomas from Kentucky

    No, voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression because we as citizens need to prove that we are and to prevent fraud. As most people have a driver license or another way of proving who they are, it should not stop people from voting. Even though fraud is not very common in this form, we still need to be cautious at all times.

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    No, voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression because we as citizens need to prove that we are and to prevent fraud. As most people have a dri…

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  • cole from Kentucky

    You have to prove the fact that you are a legal citizen in our country, because only the legal citizens should be able to vote. I am unable to go to Russia and vote, so why should someone from a different country be allowed to vote in this one? While Native americans have a troubling time voting because the reservations might not have a set street address, there should be a ID for those who are unable to get one. There should be a way for every legal citizen to vote, and while there are flaws with the voter ID issue, but all in all it should be required with some fixes. A valid form of identification is something everyone should have. This is not a form of suppression, because the average cost of an ID card is $30, and if you are a senior citizen it is free. Everyone who has a job is able to muster up $30 for an ID card. Most jobs even require you to have an ID card before you can even get hired. An ID card is needed in more than just voting.

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    You have to prove the fact that you are a legal citizen in our country, because only the legal citizens should be able to vote. I am unable to go to R…

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  • Jordan from Kentucky

    I do not think that these laws are suppressive because we need to verify who is voting to prevent many problems. If we do not enforce these laws we could have people vote multiple times in different locations, people under the age of 18 voting, and non- citizens voting. This is bad because public office must represent the those who are legal and benefit from their services. If there are others tampering with these elections, inappropriate people could get into office that are unrepresentative of the people who are actually benefiting from their services.

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    I do not think that these laws are suppressive because we need to verify who is voting to prevent many problems. If we do not enforce these laws we co…

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  • Brooke from Kentucky

    These new Voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression like what was seen during the time of the Jim Crow laws. If the president himself is saying that voter fraud has become a problem, then it should be addressed. Voters should provide a government-issued ID before entering the polls because it reduces the chance that their votes will be messed with. There also could be other concerns – if anyone can just walk in and vote without showing ID, what if they are not 18? What if they are not even a US citizen? ID is necessary before voting and they are not too difficult to obtain. The majority of people 18 or older have driver’s licenses, passports, school IDs, or some other form of identification they can use.

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    These new Voter ID laws are not a form of voter suppression like what was seen during the time of the Jim Crow laws. If the president himself is sayin…

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  • Morgan from Kentucky

    No, I do not think that voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression because I do not think that it is fair or provides equal opportunity to all U.S. citizens who want to vote. By raising the cost to vote, it is inhibiting many people in low income areas from voting. By doing so, you are taking away people’s right to express their opinions in a fair way (not infringing on the rights of others). I do not feel that this new form of suppression would be fair or valid because not all people who live in low income areas or rural places are going to try and use fraud or hack the voting ballots. All in all, I think the government should leave things the way they are in regard to voting because changing it would just cause chaos and infringe on people’s rights to express who they think should represent their country/nation.

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    No, I do not think that voter ID laws are a new form of voter suppression because I do not think that it is fair or provides equal opportunity to all …

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  • Abby from Kentucky

    It is required that you are a US citizen to vote. If people do not have a form of ID, then they should not be able to vote. A passport, drivers license, school ID, or any form of ID that proves you are who you are, should allow you to vote. It is not very difficult to get a certain form of ID and people should not make it a big deal and call the laws “voter suppression.” Rights have more to them than the exact words that they say, yes we all have a right to vote, but there should be some form of ID shown so that it is made sure of US citizenship.

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I believe that voter ID is not a voter suppression, because an ID is required to do most things in the United States. For example, to get on an airplane, cash a check, and for applying for jobs as well. I think having voter ID laws are important because it does prevent voter fraud. People living low income areas of the United States are usually receiving help from the government and they need to have some form of ID for that. Having an ID is very important in the United States and I think it should always be important when it comes to voting as well.

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    I believe that voter ID is not a voter suppression, because an ID is required to do most things in the United States. For example, to get on an airpla…

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  • Kate from Kentucky

    it is important that everyone has the right and opportunity to vote, but we need to make sure that the people voting are the people they say they are. This can also help us determine the citizenship status of those voting.

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    it is important that everyone has the right and opportunity to vote, but we need to make sure that the people voting are the people they say they are….

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  • Olivia from Kentucky

    No, new voter laws are not a form of voter suppression. People already need a form of identification to do other things, so it not like they are making you get a new form of identification they just want to you to have some sort of identification. Voter identification laws are an easy way to make sure that voter fraud doesn’t happen. All that is being asked is that you get a form of ID to keep you and your voice safe.

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    No, new voter laws are not a form of voter suppression. People already need a form of identification to do other things, so it not like they are makin…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    I believe that the ability to vote is a right only allowed to the U.S. citizens. The minorities may have a hard time getting an ID and that is understandable. However, if they want to be able to vote, then they need to really want it and take the time and effort to get an acceptable ID. If they really care, then they would make the effort to do what they have to do to be able to vote.

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    I believe that the ability to vote is a right only allowed to the U.S. citizens. The minorities may have a hard time getting an ID and that is underst…

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  • rachel from Kentucky

    No, I don’t it’s fair that people could just go in and vote without showing any form of ID. If people really want to vote that bad then they should have to go through the same process as everyone else. You should have to legally be a citizen in order to vote because if your not even a citizen then why do you even care? So overall you should have to show ID to vote.

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    No, I don’t it’s fair that people could just go in and vote without showing any form of ID. If people really want to vote that bad then they should ha…

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  • Christian from Indiana

    In this day and age, so many people think the world at large think that society is out to get them. In American society, the people that thing supression exists in this form are just further dividing the country.

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    In this day and age, so many people think the world at large think that society is out to get them. In American society, the people that thing supress…

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  • Paul from Kentucky

    I do not think that Voter ID laws are a form of voter suppression. American citizens should have some form of state or federal identification that they can use at the polls. This doesn’t keep anyone who is eligible to vote from voting. Most people living on American Indian reservations conform to a different lifestyle than the typical American citizen. As a result, elections don’t play as big of a role in their lives as in the lives of typical Americans.

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    I do not think that Voter ID laws are a form of voter suppression. American citizens should have some form of state or federal identification that the…

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  • Victoria from Pennsylvania

    Because if they are not a U.S Citizen they should not vote. Plus if there are IDs then there will be no problem seeing who is a U.S Citizen and who is not.

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  • Kenneth from Pennsylvania

    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.

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    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 k…

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  • Lance from Pennsylvania

    No, I do not think voter ID laws are a new form a voter suppression. Voter fraud is something that should be taken seriously. Voting should be done by people who have a valid form of ID so that voter fraud is much harder to occur. It really shouldn’t be a huge problem for someone to have or obtain an ID of some sort to show that they are an American citizen who is certified to vote.

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    No, I do not think voter ID laws are a new form a voter suppression. Voter fraud is something that should be taken seriously. Voting should be done by…

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  • austin from Pennsylvania

    I think that everyone should have a voter card because there is so much fraud and that you do not want random people voting who may not be a citizen in the United States . Therefore, I believe everyone should have a voters ID

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    I think that everyone should have a voter card because there is so much fraud and that you do not want random people voting who may not be a citizen i…

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  • Nick from Pennsylvania

    I think that everyone that votes should have a valid form of id. If you weren’t required to have a valid form of id then anyone over the age of 18 could vote and it wouldn’t matter if they were a Untied States citizen or not. To vote you should have to be over the age of 18 and be US citizen for a certain amount of years so a valid form of id would help make sure everyone is able to vote.

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    I think that everyone that votes should have a valid form of id. If you weren’t required to have a valid form of id then anyone over the age of 18 cou…

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  • avery from Pennsylvania

    No, i don’t think that having a voter ID is suppression against voting. its not a form of suppression because i think that if a person wants to vote they should have a valid form of ID to show that the person is at least a citizen of the united states. I also think that if a person isn’t responsible enough to get at least on form of ID they are not responsible enough to vote.

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    No, i don’t think that having a voter ID is suppression against voting. its not a form of suppression because i think that if a person wants to vote t…

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  • jakob from Pennsylvania

    I think that we should have voters id because then when the illegal immigrants come over that cant vote for someone they are not. If you cant get any sort of id then you shouldn’t be allowed to vote then we wouldn’t have voters fraud and a big fight about who won with the vote because it would be real.

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    I think that we should have voters id because then when the illegal immigrants come over that cant vote for someone they are not. If you cant get any …

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  • Rain from Pennsylvania

    Voter ID laws are not a form of suppression, for there have been incidents of people voting under previously deceased people. By doing this people were able to vote more than once; which could potentially sway the votes. With the new voter ID laws people will only be able to cast their own vote. This will stop people from being able to vote more than once. In most cases people need ID’s in everyday life therefore, they already have a required ID. And anyone who is eligible to vote can acquire an ID.

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    Voter ID laws are not a form of suppression, for there have been incidents of people voting under previously deceased people. By doing this people we…

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  • Kelsey from Pennsylvania

    I believe everyone in the United States should have an ID card to vote in the United States, for we are given opportunities that citizens should take advantage of. We grew up in the United States, whereas others didn’t; therefore, if you have an ID card you understand the qualities of an American citizen and our country’s history.

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    I believe everyone in the United States should have an ID card to vote in the United States, for we are given opportunities that citizens should take …

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  • jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Voting fraud is a serious issue as it can be used to effect the whole voting process. Although it would be negative towards minorities, as long as they are U.S. citizens they would still be able to get there vote out after going through processes to obtain an ID and it would make everyone’s vote more influential as fake votes and votes from people who do not belong to our country would not go through.

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    Voting fraud is a serious issue as it can be used to effect the whole voting process. Although it would be negative towards minorities, as long as the…

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  • Tyler from Pennsylvania

    You should have proof of who you are when you vote. This only proves who you are and that you are a US citizen. If you do not have ID, it does not make sense you even meet the requirements to vote. If you want ti vote, get the ID rather than saying your right is being taken away.

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    You should have proof of who you are when you vote. This only proves who you are and that you are a US citizen. If you do not have ID, it does not mak…

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  • Katie from Pennsylvania

    No, I believe that everyone should be required to have a voters card because fraud is so highly common nowadays and the election is a big thing and fake ID’s are not hard to come by. If you are who you say you are you should have no reason not to get a voters Id card.

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    No, I believe that everyone should be required to have a voters card because fraud is so highly common nowadays and the election is a big thing and fa…

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  • Corie from Pennsylvania

    You do need some sort of identification because without it fraud is possible, and those who are not citizens could vote. Fraud and non citizens are unacceptable.

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  • Braden from Ohio

    I believe it is necessary to use such precautions to prevent fraud. I normally vote via absentee ballot and I must include ways of verifying my identity for this method. Therefore, I believe it should also be necessary to verify it with id if you are voting in person.

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    I believe it is necessary to use such precautions to prevent fraud. I normally vote via absentee ballot and I must include ways of verifying my identi…

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  • Alexander from Tennessee

    I think it is necessary to have an ID to vote to prevent people from voting multiple times.

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  • Elizabeth from Utah

    the laws don’t prevent you to vote because people can easily get an ID very easily.

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  • derek from Utah

    because it is useless and stupid and no right because someone could get a fake I.D

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  • Russell from Utah

    Id laws are good so any US citizen for foreign person visits the US and votes without showings id we can have many problems. In Russia in 2016 there was a hacking into US election voting system to help Trump win

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    Id laws are good so any US citizen for foreign person visits the US and votes without showings id we can have many problems. In Russia in 2016 there w…

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  • Brandon from Colorado

    I don’t think of voter ID laws as a form of suppression, because it makes sense to me that you should have an ID, proof that you are who you say you are, in order to vote. However, with how little voter fraud we have here in the US, they aren’t as necessary as they might sound to some people.

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    I don’t think of voter ID laws as a form of suppression, because it makes sense to me that you should have an ID, proof that you are who you say you a…

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  • Cody from Texas

    Voter ID protects election integrity. Is having an ID requirement for check cashing, alcohol purchases, automobile purchase, mortgage applications, driving et al, suppression of those activities? I think a more appropriate question would be “Shouldn’t voters be given a printed certificate of their votes cast?”

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    Voter ID protects election integrity. Is having an ID requirement for check cashing, alcohol purchases, automobile purchase, mortgage applications, d…

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  • Elizabeth from Georgia

    Voter identification is not a new form of voter suppression as it is not trying to keep citizens from voting but to keep people who are not citizens or of age from voting. The forms of identification are things that are pretty commonplace in today’s society, such as a driver’s license or passport. Even though it may take a while to get some of these forms of identification it is just a small price to pay to ensure that the people are a legally voting citizen.

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    Voter identification is not a new form of voter suppression as it is not trying to keep citizens from voting but to keep people who are not citizens o…

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  • Tessa from Pennsylvania

    It prevents voter fraud. You are required to show identification to board a plane, open a bank account, or even buy alcohol. So what’s the big deal of proving your a U.S. citizen? It’s prove that you are a citizen of the U.S. and your not lying about who you are.

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    It prevents voter fraud. You are required to show identification to board a plane, open a bank account, or even buy alcohol. So what’s the big deal of…

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  • Justin from Pennsylvania

    I believe voter id laws are not a new form of voter suppression because it is the right of a U.S Citizens to vote and a voter ID ensures that all people voting in the election are a citizens of the United States, which helps to prevent election fraud. Even though voter ID laws are hard for people in low income places or are not able to get a form of identification, if you feel strong enough about having the right to vote then you will be prepared and obtain the necessary materials to vote.

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    I believe voter id laws are not a new form of voter suppression because it is the right of a U.S Citizens to vote and a voter ID ensures that all peop…

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  • Kennedy from Pennsylvania

    As a US citizen, it is not hard to get an ID, and that is the right thing to do. If one really cares and wants to vote, plan ahead. Just simply go through the process, for by the time one is done complaining, I am sure the process would be over and done with.

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    As a US citizen, it is not hard to get an ID, and that is the right thing to do. If one really cares and wants to vote, plan ahead. Just simply go thr…

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  • Jacob from Pennsylvania

    If people want to vote bad enough, they will find a way to vote. It would be harder for the lower class, but not impossible. Since it is a long process to get a state-issued ID, that may cause people to not even try. If they are too lazy to go through the process then they should not be able to vote. If that person really wants to vote, then they will go through the process and vote. It all depends on how bad someone wants to vote.

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    If people want to vote bad enough, they will find a way to vote. It would be harder for the lower class, but not impossible. Since it is a long proces…

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  • Mary Lou from Pennsylvania

    I do not think voter ID laws are a way to suppress who is voting but to keep fraud out of our voting polls. If you have a drivers license, or just another form of identification I don’t think it is to much to ask for you to just bring it to the poll on election day and if you don’t have an ID you can easily assess one if you really want to vote. I believe that voter ID laws are a way to not only keep us safe but keep our elections free of fraud and I also believe that they are a good idea and they we need to keep them for future election times.

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    I do not think voter ID laws are a way to suppress who is voting but to keep fraud out of our voting polls. If you have a drivers license, or just ano…

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  • Amber from Pennsylvania

    As a citizen, one has a right to vote. I believe that it is not suppression because one should have citizenship to express their opinion. Also, a citizen has many IDs. For example, Social Security, WIC checks, to fly, and even to drive. Because of this, having an ID to vote is a good idea.

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    As a citizen, one has a right to vote. I believe that it is not suppression because one should have citizenship to express their opinion. Also, a citi…

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  • Alexis from Pennsylvania

    Being a US citizen, you have the right to vote. People who complain about not being able to vote is their own fault because they can get identification, however choose not to.. If they really want to vote that bad should they have made a plan before the voting started.

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    Being a US citizen, you have the right to vote. People who complain about not being able to vote is their own fault because they can get identificatio…

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  • madison from Pennsylvania

    I do not think that people are being suppressed by voters ID’s. If you want to have an impact in the world and make a difference by voting I think you should just take the time to go through the process to obtain a form of identification. It may be more hard for some people to obtain an ID than some people, but it is not impossible. I feel that voter ID laws are not there to suppress anyone but simply to stop voter fraud from happening.

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    I do not think that people are being suppressed by voters ID’s. If you want to have an impact in the world and make a difference by voting I think you…

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  • Jade from Pennsylvania

    Everyone has the right to vote as long as you are a US citizen. You have to have many other forms of identification to get to do or buy certain things. Either way it isn’t going to matter because you have to have an ID for pretty much anything.

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    Everyone has the right to vote as long as you are a US citizen. You have to have many other forms of identification to get to do or buy certain things…

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  • Jessica from Pennsylvania

    Even though some people may think it is hard to get an ID it isn’t and even if you agree it is, it does not matter because everyone else has to so you should to. I think every one should have to get one so it is easier to prove you aren’t a fraud, this is one of the best ways to prove your identity and i think you should have to get one because when you go to vote, they need to make sure you registered and this is the best way to prove you did under the correct name.

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    Even though some people may think it is hard to get an ID it isn’t and even if you agree it is, it does not matter because everyone else has to so you…

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  • cheyenne from Pennsylvania

    I believe that the pros of having to show legal identification outweigh the cons of not having to. Although there may be a cost and a wait time to get a legal ID., the voting rime is not a surprise to anyone. If someone is really worried about voting they will take the extra measure to make sure they can. Also with everyone having to show a valid form of ID. no one can vote multiple times.

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    I believe that the pros of having to show legal identification outweigh the cons of not having to. Although there may be a cost and a wait time to get…

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  • Raylene from Pennsylvania

    People of the US should be aloud to vote. If you do not have citizenship then you’re unable to vote. We shouldn’t get mad at the government for them wanting to make voting more strict because of the people who are trying to vote who aren’t citizens of the US.

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    People of the US should be aloud to vote. If you do not have citizenship then you’re unable to vote. We shouldn’t get mad at the government for them w…

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  • Kimberly from Pennsylvania

    Having a Voter ID Law is a good way for the voting stations to keep track of those who vote. It is very unlikely with Voter ID Laws that the voting could be tampered with allowing the U.S to have a smoother election process. Since it is possible for the Native Americans to get a valid for of ID, though it could take a long time, they could still receive an ID and vote in the election.

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    Having a Voter ID Law is a good way for the voting stations to keep track of those who vote. It is very unlikely with Voter ID Laws that the voting co…

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    I do not believe that voter ID laws are suppressing anyone. It is the right of US Citizens to vote, and having to provide proof of citizenship at the polls should not be looked on as anything more than verifying your citizenship.

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    I do not believe that voter ID laws are suppressing anyone. It is the right of US Citizens to vote, and having to provide proof of citizenship at the …

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  • Aubrey from Pennsylvania

    I think it is important to show ID when voting. Most Americans who are old enough to vote most of the time already have their drivers license. Obtaining an ID isn’t as hard as it is being made out to be. If you are a born United States citizen you should automatically have a birth certificate or social security card, both valid forms of ID. IF you are not a born United States Citizen, you should have some form of ID to legally live in the United States. My logic is, if you have to show ID to buy a simple pack of smokes, you should have to show ID to vote for important leaders.

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    I think it is important to show ID when voting. Most Americans who are old enough to vote most of the time already have their drivers license. Obtaini…

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  • Gerard from Pennsylvania

    While it is every persons right to vote, it is unacceptable for there to be fraud in the polls. It is the right of AMERICAN citizens to vote, not illegal immigrants. They should have no say in our elections. If one is a minority citizen, then they need to go through the process to get an ID. If they wait until right before an election to get an ID, that is no ones fault but theirs.

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    While it is every persons right to vote, it is unacceptable for there to be fraud in the polls. It is the right of AMERICAN citizens to vote, not ille…

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  • Crystal from Pennsylvania

    If an individual feels so strongly about voting, they will be prepared and make sure they have whatever they need so they are able to do so. I do understand that it is harder for minorities; however, it is not impossible for them to obtain some source of identification. Voter ID laws are simply there to protect Americans against fraud during an election of any kind.

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    If an individual feels so strongly about voting, they will be prepared and make sure they have whatever they need so they are able to do so. I do unde…

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  • James from Colorado

    This is the only way to ensure that only United States citizens are voting, not illegal ( or undocumented for you sensitive folks) immigrants, felons who aren’t eligible to vote (until going through legal processes to have their voting rights restored. Or other people who shouldn’t be allowed to have a say in our governance. Voter ID restricts no one’s rights nor disenfranchises any LEGAL eligible voter. Anything else you hear from any Politician is pure bunk!

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    This is the only way to ensure that only United States citizens are voting, not illegal ( or undocumented for you sensitive folks) immigrants, felons …

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  • Christopher from Idaho

    Voter identification laws do not violate the rights of any individual. These laws merely ask for proof of residency or citizenship in the United States. Only citizens should be able to choose the future of the country that they live in. This does not discriminate against any citizen of the United States, it only serves to prove the legal residency of the voter and keeps the votes American.

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    Voter identification laws do not violate the rights of any individual. These laws merely ask for proof of residency or citizenship in the United State…

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  • William from Vermont

    Requiring an ID to: buy alcohol/cigarettes, to drive, to travel across international borders, to become a certified EMT/Paramedic, fly on a plane, open a bank account, etc isn’t [fill in the blank] suppression. I do suggest maybe the federal government issue a ‘Voter ID’ card to those citizens who may have no need/access to a drivers license, but voter ID laws are entirely reasonable.

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    Requiring an ID to: buy alcohol/cigarettes, to drive, to travel across international borders, to become a certified EMT/Paramedic, fly on a plane, ope…

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  • Jeffrey from Pennsylvania

    The integrity of our elections and our voting system should be sacrosanct to all Americans. Protecting that should be priority #1. If we would all agree from that perspective, we would be able to address the legitimate concerns regarding the implementation of laws protecting the integrity of our election and voting system. As a local judge of elections, I believe voter ID laws are not equivalent to voter suppression, nor is that their intent. In the ward which I preside over, the voters do not mind if they have to wait should we have to take an extra step or steps in the voting process.

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    The integrity of our elections and our voting system should be sacrosanct to all Americans. Protecting that should be priority #1. If we would all agr…

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  • Dylan from Iowa

    An ID is not at all hard to obtain. A voter identification card is FREE. It costs nothing. All you must do is register to vote. Iowa recently passed one of these voters ID laws. A recent poll showed 92% of Iowans felt confident they would be able to vote easily. That is not suppression.

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    An ID is not at all hard to obtain. A voter identification card is FREE. It costs nothing. All you must do is register to vote. Iowa recently passed o…

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  • Juan from Texas

    By saying that voter ID laws are a way to suppress minorities rights is discriminatory in itself, since it is assuming all minorites dont have the means to get a simple ID. Furthermore, if said minorities dont are unable to acquire an ID, why should they be able to vote? It is the rights of the citizen of the United States, not of Chinese nor Mexicans. I am a legal foreigner from Colombia and I strongly believe that more regulations should be put in place in order to prevent fraud.

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    By saying that voter ID laws are a way to suppress minorities rights is discriminatory in itself, since it is assuming all minorites dont have the mea…

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  • Leah from Ohio

    It is common sense that an ID should be required to vote. Voter fraud and mistakes occurring in elections can cause many problems. It only makes sense to have voters not only register but prove that they are who they are.

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    It is common sense that an ID should be required to vote. Voter fraud and mistakes occurring in elections can cause many problems. It only makes sense…

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  • Brooke from Pennsylvania

    Everyone needs a voter ID to prove you are an American citizen and not a fraud to avoid the problem we had in previous elections. If people really want to vote they would go through the hassle to get an ID so they could partake in election, but the problem is now a days people do not want to go through the work to get the ID so they don’t.

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    Everyone needs a voter ID to prove you are an American citizen and not a fraud to avoid the problem we had in previous elections. If people really wan…

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  • Tom from Pennsylvania

    Everyone should already have a voter ID card. The Government should let the people decide if they want to vote or not to vote. Also the immigrants if they did get a card then they could put their own opinion and they could add on to the vote.

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    Everyone should already have a voter ID card. The Government should let the people decide if they want to vote or not to vote. Also the immigrants if…

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  • Emilee from Pennsylvania

    I believe that we should have the laws for managing the voter fraud because we need to show that we are a true American citizen. This way no one from other countries can interfere with the election.

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    I believe that we should have the laws for managing the voter fraud because we need to show that we are a true American citizen. This way no one from …

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  • Ben from Pennsylvania

    Voter ID laws do not suppress voters. Having a voter ID confirms you are an American citizen. Getting a voter ID is fairly simple and painless. Without it, many immigrants who have recently made it to the U.S. could easily tilt an election. I believe the majority of the population should be focused on instead of the minorities.

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    Voter ID laws do not suppress voters. Having a voter ID confirms you are an American citizen. Getting a voter ID is fairly simple and painless. Withou…

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  • Jaden from Pennsylvania

    The Voter ID laws do not create voter suppression. The laws are set to eliminate voter fraud which I believe are necessary to prevent uninformed immigrants from abusing the right to vote. Because voting is a right in America, there should be no trouble in showing that you’re American just to vote. An ID makes voting more reliable, and an easier process.

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    The Voter ID laws do not create voter suppression. The laws are set to eliminate voter fraud which I believe are necessary to prevent uninformed immig…

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  • Lorren from Pennsylvania

    No because I think it help with voting fraud not occurring and tipping the election in a negative way by someone voting more than once or rigging the voting.

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  • Jeffrey from Massachusetts

    The notion that voter ID laws target minorities is racist in of itself. There was this video of a guy who went through Manhattan, asking about voter ID laws, with the majority of white people claiming that they were racist, but when he went to Harlem, a majority black neighborhood, and not necessarily the best one to live in, everyone he interviewed had an ID. When you say that people of color are oppressed because of ID laws, you’re essentially saying that they need your help and that they cannot support themselves, which is racist. Also, literally everything else you do requires an ID. Buying a gun, getting welfare, even going through airports, all require an ID, which these people support anyways. Why is it only when it comes to voting is it suddenly racist?

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    The notion that voter ID laws target minorities is racist in of itself. There was this video of a guy who went through Manhattan, asking about voter I…

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  • Andrew from Pennsylvania

    No, I don’t think that it is a form of suppression because it is trying to get people to supply a ID so no one can sway the vote. Also so they have to be a US citizen because if your not you cannot vote. Also so they don’t have the problem with the past election. They could also change the way, through a different process to show that they are a US citizen.

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    No, I don’t think that it is a form of suppression because it is trying to get people to supply a ID so no one can sway the vote. Also so they have to…

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  • Collin from Pennsylvania

    No, because people that aren’t American citizens can come in and then mess up the votes in general. This way the voters can show that they are allowed to vote because they’re an American citizen, the voter ID’s are just another way of strengthening that boundary that the votes have. With this it is agreed that nobody can then interfere with the votes by fraud or any other way.

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    No, because people that aren’t American citizens can come in and then mess up the votes in general. This way the voters can show that they are allowed…

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  • Ethan from Texas

    There are numerous “avenues” that we take in life that require a picture ID. You need an ID to use banking services, to go to the doctor, to apply for a job, etc., etc. Therefore it is not unreasonable to ask people to have some sort of picture ID in order to vote. I would think that anyone who is living in this country legally that is of voting age HAS to have some sort of identification in order to survive.

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  • Donna from Oklahoma

    Voter ID’s ensure that everyone who shows up to vote registered, so that when they get to the polls they can show the ID and their other form of identification.

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  • Rose from Rhode Island

    US citizens should be allowed to vote. If the government wants to make that more secure we shouldn’t stop them. People that are illegal citizens aren’t citizens and therefore shouldn’t have the right to vote. Plus if Native Americans don’t have a valid drivers license then there should be exceptions that are made in the laws however, throwing out the idea has a flaw is wrong.

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    US citizens should be allowed to vote. If the government wants to make that more secure we shouldn’t stop them. People that are illegal citizens aren’…

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  • Zoe from Georgia

    Prevents voter fraud. You need a valid ID to board a plane, get a prescription, open a bank account, etc. What’s racist about requiring you to prove you are a citizen?

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  • Makenzie from Illinois

    In an American election, it is perfectly understandable as to why they would require some identification before voting. Only legal U.S. citizens should be allowed to vote and providing an I.D. prevents voting fraud.

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  • Alyssa from Georgia

    Showing a valid ID is not a form of voter suppression. Showing your ID prevents a lot of voter fraud, and if you don’t have a government issued ID you shouldn’t be able to vote. I feel it’s that simple. If you want to vote be prepared to show ID so we know you’re a citizen who can vote. As for Native Americans who can’t vote that’s something we should fix in the future, but as of right now if they live on a reservation they don’t have to follow a lot of our laws anyway so why should they be able to vote in our elections?

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    Showing a valid ID is not a form of voter suppression. Showing your ID prevents a lot of voter fraud, and if you don’t have a government issued ID you…

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  • Rebecca from Texas

    its a requirement.

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  • Kendall from Florida

    Anyone can get an ID. If you can’t, you have problems. The US needs to have a way to prevent voter fraud.

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  • Daine from Indiana

    There is a vast difference between suppression and qualification. Voting is a “right” of American Citizens. It is not to be used as a ploy to manipulate the system by those outside of the system. A vote can control the outcome of our future as a nation and a free republic. This control should only be placed in the hands of it citizens. Why would we require proper identification for some one to drive a motor vehicle in this country and not require proper identification for someone to potentially drive the outcome of our future.

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    There is a vast difference between suppression and qualification. Voting is a “right” of American Citizens. It is not to be used as a ploy to manipu…

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  • Mackenzie from Louisiana

    I see how it could be perceived as though it is suppression and unfortunately in some circumstances it does make it harder for people who are less fortunate to vote. But I feel that voter ID law isn’t meant to keep people out it was meant to make sure that with every vote or election there is an honest vote. I think its true meaning was to make sure that no one person could go in and vote for something or someone more than once which would be rigging the vote. This is my stance on this topic feel free to correct me if I am incorrect in any way.

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    I see how it could be perceived as though it is suppression and unfortunately in some circumstances it does make it harder for people who are less for…

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  • Chloe from Louisiana

    I do not think that voter id laws is suppression, I think this because this law is to prevent somebody from going into a voting booth as “Jane Doe” and then going to another voting booth as “Ryan Philips” and voting again. This law will show that you are who you say you are and you will only vote once because your name is checked off of a list!

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    I do not think that voter id laws is suppression, I think this because this law is to prevent somebody from going into a voting booth as “Jane Doe…

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  • Grace from Alabama

    It is clearly stated that it is the right of US citizens to vote, and therefore, should only reside with those that have citizenship. if we have no voter IDs then other countries like Russia are able to meddle in the US election just like in the 2016 election

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    It is clearly stated that it is the right of US citizens to vote, and therefore, should only reside with those that have citizenship. if we have no vo…

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  • Richard from North Carolina

    You need id for EVERYTHING ELSE!!

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  • Amber from Texas

    Prevents fraud

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  • Aaron from Missouri

    It is very Important to prove that the people voting are citizens of our Country of ours. With drivers licenses or proper state approved identification this helps ensure the citizenship of each voter.

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  • Tyler from Texas

    This prevents voter fraud.

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  • Jazmine from Maryland

    Voter ID laws are not a new form of voter suppression, simply due to the fact that, the laws improve the accuracy of the polls. Without out these laws, corruption could occur, which would affect the votes for each candidate.

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    Voter ID laws are not a new form of voter suppression, simply due to the fact that, the laws improve the accuracy of the polls. Without out these laws…

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