Should Photo ID Be Required to Vote? Tuesday’s Primary Election in Pennsylvania is being used as a test run of the new voter ID law. Before people voted today, they were asked if they had proper identification. If they did not, leaflets were handed out describing the new voter ID law that will go into effect beginning in the November 6th general election. There are now 31 states that require voters to show some form of identification at the polls.
The law is quite simple: it requires Pennsylvanians to show a photo that meets state guidelines each time they vote. But it’s also causing quite an uproar, even beyond Pennsylvania. From NPR:
“The new law is the result of a push mostly by Republicans who claim the measures will prevent election fraud,” writes NPR. “Opponents say the laws are part of a Republican strategy to suppress turnout among scores of eligible voters—particularly young voters, poor voters and African-Americans—who tend to favor Democratic candidates.”
A study by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, which opposes laws requiring ID, estimates that the new laws could harm 5 million voters who don’t have photo identification, a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.
NBC10 caught up with a few voters on Tuesday who don’t see a problem with the new law.
“Somebody else can come in here and say that they’re me and vote,” said James Gray of West Philadelphia. “So it’s good that you have this.”
Weigh in: should proper photo identification be required to vote?
[NBC10, NPR, Brennan Center for Justice]