Should a Voter ID Be Required at the Polls?

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You need photo identification to board a plane, write a check, even to enter some government buildings, so why not to vote? To supporters, a proposal to require photo ID at the voting booth is a way to reduce fraud. To critics, it's a 21st century poll tax.


Michael Sandler, covers immigration for Congressional Quarterly

Spencer Overton, professor at George Washington University; serves on the Carter-Baker Commission for Election Reform



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