Voter ID: An idea whose time has come?

North Carolina came up a gubernatorial veto short of approving a new voter ID measure last year. The latest TIME reminds us that other states had better success with that type of legislation:

Voting is starting to look like flying: you may need a government ID to participate. Kansas, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas enacted ballot-security laws in 2011. Nearly 30 other states considered enhanced ID checks at the polls. Advocates say the new measures prevent fraud; the Obama Justice Department has raised concerns that the rules may dampen turnout among minorities and the elderly.

Why do we need a photo identification requirement for voters? The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky offered plenty of good reasons during a John Locke Foundation/Federalist Society presentation and an interview for Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tv.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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