Voter Registration And Voter Id Laws

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Recently state and federal legislators have been discussing voter identification laws, also known as voter ID laws. This issue is controversial because it can lead states to deny voters a vote without an approved ID. On one hand, some supporters of ID laws argue that these laws are preventing criminals from committing fraud. From this perspective, the laws are protecting the value of a vote and what it means to actually participate in an election vote. On the other hand, however, people argue that by placing the restriction on voting it is impeding the people constitutional rights much like a poll tax. Opponents also claim that by enforcing an ID law it is creating a poll tax similar to the ones created to prevent the African American people from voting. A poll tax is a specific amount a person is charged before being able to place a vote; the comparison between a poll tax and a driver’s license fee is like comparing apples and oranges, when getting a driver’s license a person is using their license as their main form of ID. Poll taxes were outlaw in the 1960s by the 24th amendment.
In the words of Cathy Cohen, one of the main opponents of voter ID, “Voter turnout among young people may be significantly reduced because of these laws” (Frisby). According the view of Cohen, she does not account for the young people who do not intend to vote, not because of the laws but because of laziness, lack of interest, and outright apathy. The late United States president John F. Kennedy
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