Essay on Voter Id Laws

722 Words May 21st, 2012 3 Pages
Voter ID Laws: Common Sense

The ability to vote is one of the most cherished and fundamental rights in the United States of America. Unfortunately, the validity and reliability of our democratic system is constantly under attack by the real issue of voter fraud. While a solution for this problem hasn’t been decided upon, Republicans strongly advocate the usage of voter ID (which could be anything from a drivers license to a passport) to ensure that whomever is going to the polls is exactly who they say they are, and happens to still be alive. This common sense solution has come under attack by numerous Democrats, stating that this is merely a direct attack on minorities and the elderly who “can’t obtain a sufficient form of
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Another point made by those who claim discrimination against Americans with voter ID laws is that some Americans may be too deep in poverty to afford identification. This, again, is an invalid argument. Government issued ID prices range anywhere from $5.00-$20.00 depending on which state you live in. While some people may indeed be in poverty, these prices wouldn’t exactly break the bank, especially since poor individuals are most likely receiving money from government programs. In states such as Georgia and Indiana, anyone who cannot afford a voter ID will be presented with one for absolutely no cost. All you must simply do is go to town hall, smile for the camera, and voila, you’re eligible to vote. All while ensuring that every citizen's vote counts and lessening the chances of voter fraud.
The final argument made by those who oppose common sense is that the chance of voter fraud occurring is slim to none. In 2010, an election held for sheriff in West Virginia was found to have been largely comprised of voter fraud. Jerry Bowman, the sheriff who committed the crime, admitted to falsifying more than 100 ballots and voting with some of the ballots himself, making the election an easy win. This incident has lead to a serious push to enact voter ID laws to help curb the possibility of fraud. Situations like these can be avoided by taking the necessary steps to protect the truly corrupt voting system we have in place today.
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