The Voter I.D. Law is a law that requires some form of identification in order to vote for an election. Currently, there is much controversy over this issue. On one side, Republicans feel that this law will “protect the integrity of our Democracy”(Von Spakovsky). In addition, this law will prevent fraud and can be accessible to most citizens. On the other hand, Democrats feel that this law is “designed to keep people from voting”(Weiser). The idea of this law is to further improve our great nation, not to hurt it. Democrats feel like the minorities will not be able to vote due to the fact of the challenges from obtaining an identification card. On one hand, people believe that this law will decrease fraud and help our Democracy, while on the other hand, will disenfranchise thousands from voting and that the law doesn’t solve the issue completely.
Von Spakovsky argues that this law will only improve our great nation. He argues that this is a basic requirement to insure the integrity of its citizens. This requirement will not only prevent illegal citizens from voting, but also prevent citizens from voting more than once. With this occurring, our elections are not as accurate as they could be. In addition, the author brings to attention that there is not fraud in every election, but with close elections, voter ID laws could make sure every vote is accurate.
Another point brought up is that Americans use identification cards on a daily basis. For example, citizens use them to “board a plane, drive a car, check into a hotel, buy alcohol, or see a doctor”(Von Spakovsky). An ID card is a very reasonable requirement and is very accessible to all Americans. I agree with Von Spakovsky in the fact that this should be required and will help prevent fraud. In the world today, there are many ways individuals can travel to a DMV. In addition, ID cards do not expire for 10 years, which makes it even worth the trip to help ensure our voting process is fair and accurate.
In opposition, Weiser argues that this requirement will lower the voter turnout rate and discriminate against minorities across America. According to studies, “more than 20 million Americans—one in 10 eligible voters—do not have the kinds of photo ID required by strict new state voter ID laws”(Weiser). This causes people to not get their voice heard from those 20 million Americans. Within those 20 million, most are either a minority or an older citizen. Weiser describes a scenario using pathos where an older woman who was a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement did not have an identification card. She helped our country tremendously, yet cannot voice her opinion in elections.
Being older, she is not able to physically drive to get an ID, and many Americans have that same problem. Weiser believes that many citizens face obstacles that prevent individuals from voting and that do not represent a Democracy. Although Weiser makes a strong argument for her viewpoint, I personally do not agree. There are ways one can get to a DMV. One can ask for assistance from others around her or take public transportation. If an individual feels strongly about voting, they will make sure to get an ID card.
In conclusion, I agree that there should be Voter ID Laws. This helps prevent in person fraud in addition to having illegal citizens voting for our government officials. In the future, I predict that almost every citizen will have ID cards and this law will not be a conflict. With the world becoming more technically sound, I infer that individuals will be able to get an idenfication card online or through other easy methods. This is the change to our future.
Von Spakovsky, Hans A. “Voter ID Laws Protect the Integrity of Our Democracy.” US News. U.S.News & World Report, 13 July 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2015. Weiser, Wendy. “Voter ID Laws Are Designed to Keep People From Voting.” US News. U.S.News & World Report, 13 July 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2015.