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Voter ID Laws

Recorded on October 6, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Discrimination against minority voters. An effort to suppress votes. A return to the old Jim Crow days. These are some of the outrageous claims leveled against a simple law that has grown in popularity—a requirement that people show photo ID when they vote.

Photo ID is a common-sense defense against one form of voter fraud. Even old movies like The Great McGinty demonstrated how elections can be rigged when somebody steals the identity of a person who is unlikely to vote. That includes the practice of voting for dead people when their names are not purged from the voter rolls.

Yet there's an organized political campaign to challenge voter ID laws. It makes you wonder about the motives of those who defend a system that invites fraudulent voting. Government of the people requires honest elections, and voter ID is a common-sense way to make sure that we have them.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.