My argument isn't about people not having ID's, it's about those that do being turned away because of problems WITH the ID. Faded photos, cracked ID's, photos that don't "look enough" like them because they've aged, etc.
What these laws are doing is asking the poll workers to use their best judgment to decide what is and isn't an appropriate form of ID. And by introducing human judgment into the equation you're inviting personal and political bias into the voting process and that's just asking for trouble.
The whole process is based on the notion that the poll workers can be trusted to not turn voters away who may "look" like they won't vote for the party/candidate they want to win, so they could then use some technicality to turn them away.
Poll workers are people, too. Flawed and selfish and capable of corruption just like the rest of us. We're putting the entire electoral system in the hands of a handful of poll workers who will decide who should and shouldn't be able to vote based on state ID's that are rarely a perfect form of identification anyway. And I speak from experience there, having held a job where I checked ID's dozens of times every day. It's NOT anywhere near the straight-forward process you guys seem to think it is.
I just don't like the idea of applying that process to people's right to vote is all.
So... let me get this straight...
You are disapproving of the idea that ID is required to vote because the election poll workers might be biased.
You do realize... that the same poll workers (or often the same group of volunteers) count the ballots cast...
So if someone is going to go to the trouble of trying to throw an election their way... wouldn't it make more sense to be worried that they would do it in more direct ways... like throwing out ballots... or adding double counted votes, or disqualifying ballots (hanging chads anyone)?
And again... your concern about "preventing the right to vote" is precluded by the more pertinent need to ensure each eligible citizen gets one vote.
Also, one thing that the anti-ID people aren't mentioning....
In almost every state, you have to REGISTER to vote. This is to prevent people near state lines or with multiple addresses from voting in more than one district or precinct.http://www.declareyo...ate_info_2.html
Registration process almost always requires a Social Security or Driver's License number AND ID..
So... WHAT THE fug is the problem with these ID laws? It's mind-bogglingly stupid to say these laws are racist or disenfranchise anyone.
And now the NAACP is taking the ID issue to the U.N.. Which is absolute hilarity. The day the U.N. dictates U.S. election processes is the day this country needs to have a REAL 2nd Revolution.