Thank you. I understand your concern, and I appreciate your willingness to address my questions. I ask those questions out of my own desire to understand all aspects of the argument.
I am neither totally for or against these laws. I see merit in the arguments made for them, and I see merit in the arguments against them. I agree with +Paul Deming
that the circumstances where ID is required should be greatly limited, but I don't see requiring some form of ID (even just a voter's registration card) a slippery slope into totalitarianism.
I can also understand the concern regarding disenfranchising voters, as +Richard Masoner
brings up, as I am familiar with how poll taxes and strict voter ID laws have been used in the past to prevent minorities and women from voting. At the same time, I see the constant drum beat in every major election of how this party or that party has rigged the system to fall their way.
So, again, please understand that I ask these questions as someone who truly is concerned about this issue, and is trying to figure out the best approach that balances the rights of all voters with the need to ensure the elections are as fair as possible. As I see it right now, I'm still of the mindset that Montana's law is striking a good balance: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/Vote/index.asp#vote
(see under The Polling Place).