There’s nothing even mildly controversial about asking someone to show a valid photo ID. What is the problem? No driver’s license, no problem go to your local DMV and fill out one short paper, get your picture taken for a state photo ID.
It is very difficult to live ones daily life without an ID:
1. A person has to have a government issued ID to get public assistance.
2. To buy alcohol or tobacco, if asked, you must have a government issued ID with your birth date.
3. To legally drive a car, you must have a valid driver’s license.
4. In order to get employment, government issued ID and social security card.
5. To rent a place to live, get electricity, phone, gas etc, you need a government issued ID.
6. To open a bank account, or cash a check at a check cashing business, you need a government issued ID.
A federal judge Monday upheld North Carolina’s controversial new voting law, dealing a blow to critics who said the state’s rules will discourage minorities from casting ballots during this fall’s presidential election.
The voting law, passed by North Carolina’s legislature in 2013, is among the strictest in the country. It reduces the number of days of early voting, prohibits people from registering and voting on the same day, stops ballots cast in the wrong precinct from being counted, ends the practice of preregistering teenagers before they turn 18 and requires a photo ID.
Republican legislators say they added the restrictions to combat voter fraud and to preserve the integrity of the voting system.
In his 485-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder wrote that “North Carolina has provided legitimate state interests for its voter ID requirement and electoral system that provides registration all year long up to twenty-five days before an election, absentee voting for up to sixty days before an election, ten days of early voting at extended hours convenient for workers that includes one Sunday and two Saturdays, and Election Day voting.” More