Strength is gaining in favor of passing legislation requiring photo identification at the voting booths, and former Missouri legislator Kevin Wilson penned an excellent argument in favor of the legislation Saturday for the Joplin Globe:
Really, so they think it’s un-American to require people to at least prove that they are who they say they are to vote? I guess maybe in some way they might be right because there is ample evidence in American history of instances where various political machines have used voter fraud to sway elections. So, since that has been a part of the American political scene forever, maybe someone could consider it un-American to try to keep that from happening. […]
When you go to your local convenience store do they ask to see an ID if you write a check? What about if you go to the video store? Do they want to make sure that you are who you say you are before leaving the store with a DVD? And, no one questions that. So why would we not want to preserve the most precious right that we have as Americans and make sure that only those eligible are voting? […]
So, if the cards are free, what is the beef for requiring people to prove who they are if they show up to vote? Is it really that big a deal to insure the integrity of our most basic right? How does requiring someone to prove that they are who they say they are before casting a vote disenfranchise them?
Headshot. 1000 points.
He’s right on the money here. Then again, I’m baffled every time I realize we actually have to argue over this kind of stuff.