Why do people support voter ID laws?

by Sonny Bunch on August 16, 2012

Because common sense tells 74% of the public that if you have to show ID to buy beer, or smokes, or get on an airplane, or do any other number of things, it only makes sense that you have to show ID when you go to vote.*

I mean, it’s really that simple. For all the jabber about “voter suppression” and the rest, the average American simply doesn’t agree with the idea that some liberals put forward, namely that they’d rather have some level of voter fraud than the chance that even one person gets denied the chance to vote. Seventy-four percent of Americans think this position is, at the least, nutty.

Frankly, I’m with Daniel Foster: the problem isn’t that too few people vote, it’s that too many low-information voters already vote. As of July 2010, 53% of Americans admitted to not knowing the name the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. But at least they had the wisdom to know what they didn’t know: A full 18% of those polled thought that either John Paul Stevens, Thurgood Marshall, or Harry-Effing-Reid was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

We want these people to vote? Really? Frankly, the more of those morons that vote the closer we get to Idiocracy.

Anyway, the idea that obtaining a photo ID is some sort of especially onerous task is baffling. It may not be especially convenient for a certain small percentage of the population, but there are a great many things that aren’t convenient—going to the DMV, serving jury duty, showing your driver’s license at a bar to get a tasty Dogfish Head ale, etc.—that the government requires of people so that they can take full advantage of their rights.

*Here’s a thought experiment: Make the case that ID requirements for voting are unconstitutional, but state laws requiring people show ID to purchase alcohol are constitutional. I’ll wait.

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