Photo Identification Legislation

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Recently there have been a number of states passing legislation requiring photo identification at the voter polls. Currently thirty-four states have passed photo identification legislation. There are two forms of photo identification, non-strict and strict. Strict photo identification is when voters that do not have proper photo identification at the polls have to show their proper identification at a different time in order for their provisional ballot to count. Non-strict photo identification is when voters that do not have proper photo identification at the polls cast a provisional ballot that would be counted in a close election without the voter having to do additional tasks. Controversy surrounds the photo identification legislations laws. There are two main sides to this legislation, those that approve of photo identification and those that do not.
Support for photo identification is one point of view surrounding the controversy of photo identification legislations. There are a variety of reasons that one would support the photo identification legislation. The main reason for the support is that photo identification would prevent voter fraud. On Election Day, there are many cases of people posing as someone else to take another vote. This is crime but there are still reported cases of voter fraud. According to the National Conference of State Legislature, “proponents see increasing requirements for identification as a way to prevent in-person voter impersonation and increase public confidence in the election process” (Underhill, 2014, para.4). In other words, photo identification at the polls would drastically decrease voter fraud and help increase assurance of the democratic system. The idea behind photo identificati...

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