@Cheri, I agree with your basic premise of not taking sides but looking at both sides and then looking for the truth. Unfortunately, the far left and the radical right are incapable of doing so. If you disagree with the radical right then you are a liberal left; similarly, if you disagree with the liberal left then you are a radical right. I am neither a radical right nor a liberal left and am more interested in the truth of a matter than which "side" is presenting it.
This is not a bad law. I am one that firmly sits on the side of prevention. From an analytical pov, I try to see all the "angles', i.e., "if this, then that". I've ALWAYS been required to show a photo ID before voting, regardless of what state I've lived in, so obviously there are some states that do require this already and have for at least the 40 years I've been voting. It's nothing new.
As far as the possibility of illegal residents voting, I don't care WHERE they come from - although I think your argument that there are as many illegal residents here from European and other countries as from Mexico and South American countries doesn't hold water. In order to get here from Europe or the Middle East one would have to come through customs, unless you know of many people that swim the Atlantic Ocean.......
Coming across the border illegally through Mexico is the biggest problem by far, since it doesn't require swimming an ocean, stowing away on an ocean liner or an airplane, or becoming invisible once landed..... Without a doubt, the biggest population of illegal residents in American come through Mexico. Anyone in this country illegally is guilty of breaking the law, period. In some countries, that alone would be grounds for imprisonment - or even execution. Be glad America is not one of those countries.....
But surely you are not suggesting that the United States should not only be fine with allowing illegal residents to continue breaking our law/s, but to even be allowed to VOTE in our elections?!
That would be unreasonable and you sound like a reasonable person. Requiring a photo ID to vote simply PREVENTS any voter fraud. Unless someone advocates FOR voter fraud, they should not be opposed to this law.
Again, and for the umpteenth time - I should be the poster child for everyone who is AGAINST this law, but I am not. I am FOR this law, even though I am impoverished, disabled, very ill, and without transportation. If I can manage to save the $.60 per month over 5 years and find a way downtown to renew my driver's license, then just about anyone else can, too and probably with more help than I have, to tell you the truth.
There are so many programs and organizations now that help the poor, disabled, etc., with these kinds of things that I firmly and adamantly believe that this law is NOT an impediment to anyone who TRULY wants to vote. I have tried to think of any instance at all in which this would be an obstacle - and the ONLY ones I can think of is 1. The person is not a legal resident of the state, country, etc., and is not legally able to vote or 2. The person wants to vote more than once and doesn't want to get caught.
This is so much ado about nothing. But in this instance, those on the liberal left are behaving irrationally.