Governor Brownback has signed into law a bill which would require voters to present a photo identification when voting in any election. The new bill would require:
- Photo identification of all in-person voters at every election.
- Proof of citizenship for voter registration beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
- Inclusion of either the number from or a copy of a photo ID of those submitting an advance ballot.
Of course, not everyone is happy about this new legislation. The ACLU has spoken out against the bill in its obligatory objection to any legislation which may make elections less prone to election fraud saying:
Kansas took a giant leap backwards this week by enacting one of the harshest voter ID laws in the country. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill into law Monday that will require voters to present photo ID at the polls as well as proof of citizenship in order to register [...] in what appears to be a nationwide coordinated effort to erect new barriers to voting.
Why is requiring proof of identification in order vote erecting barriers? Perhaps the ACLU meant to say, “…coordinated effort to erect new barriers to illegal voting”. I am for requiring ID in order to vote. Typically, it is Democrats and Democrat leaning organizations like ACORN and the ACLU who persistently push back on requiring voter ID.
Requiring ID to vote does not hinder the voting process, especially when the bill will make it possible for Kansas citizens to obtain a free photo ID to anyone who qualifies and is willing to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity. What possible hinderance could this cause? I have been voting for 14 years, and have been required to produce a photo ID every time. I have never thought of it as an inconvenience. In fact it is comforting that the Election Commission has never “taken my word for it” when I give them my name.
Then again, I think we should consider who it is that is complaining.