Government Issued Photo Identification and Proof of Citizenship Requirements for Voters
February 6, 2008 | Download
Since the 2004 election, continued efforts have been made to convince Congress and the states to enact laws requiring government-issued photo ID and proof of citizenship for voter registration. Proponents say these measures are necessary to prevent voter fraud and generate voter confidence. However, there is significant opposition to these laws because of the dearth of evidence supporting the existence of voter fraud. In fact, these laws will result in the disenfranchisement of some eligible voters. This article recounts the state of the law regarding voter identification and analyzes the legal challenges to the photo ID and proof of citizenship laws that have been passed.