"Requiring identification at the polling place is a reasonable request to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our elections."
So said Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee -- an independent -- as he signed his state's new voter ID law on July 6, making Rhode Island the seventh state this year to pass a common-sense requirement that voters present valid identification before casting their ballots.
Polling shows that a substantial majority of Americans from all racial and ethnic backgrounds agree it's the right thing to do.
Voter ID can prevent impersonation fraud, voting under fictitious voter registrations, double-voting by individuals registered in more than one state, and voting by undocumented immigrants.
Opponents suggest there is no voter fraud, or at least not enough to worry about. But historians cite many instances of voter fraud on a scale sufficient to determine the outcome of close elections.