Starting in 2016, voters will be required to show a photo ID in order to cast their ballots in person.
Supporters of the law claim it will reduce voter fraud, yet voter fraud has been negligible. More likely is that they wish to suppress the votes of the many groups of people who may find the photo ID hurdle too much to overcome. These groups include blue collar laborers, minorities, students, youth, and the elderly.
Acceptable IDs include:
- a NC driver’s license,
- a NC identification card,
- a US passport,
- a US military ID or Veterans ID card,
- or a tribal enrollment card from a federally or NC recognized tribe.
Please note: No student IDs will be accepted, not even ones from North Carolina state colleges and universities.
Due to perfectly reasonable circumstances, not everyone has a photo ID. For some residents, obtaining one is a difficult task.
As a Quaker, I know many folks at the Quaker-run retirement homes in Greensboro. Many of them are elderly and obtaining a photo ID may prove difficult. Many have been too unhealthy to drive for years and therefore they don’t have valid driver’s licenses. As well, because they do not drive, transportation to a DMV office is difficult. Some often do not have relatives or friends nearby to rely on to drive them to get a photo ID. One woman I know there was permanently injured in an automobile accident years ago. She has no reliable transportation anywhere. Additionally, finding the documents required for such an ID (such as a birth certificate or marriage license) can also be an obstacle.
Everyone should be able to cast a ballot unhindered. Demanding a photo ID creates nothing but a problem for people who have been voting without incident for years. Especially because it was passed to solve nonexistent fraud. We must elect people who will erase the photo ID requirement.