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Seven Alternatives to Voter ID

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Publication Date: September 2006

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Voter ID

Type: Brief


Efforts to turn eligible voters away from the polls if they cannot produce identification are not justified. Although a majority of Americans have and use ID as a routine matter, approximately 10% of the public - disproportionately people of color, elderly citizens, disabled citizens, youth, and low-income citizens - does not have government-issued photo ID. Voting is for all of us, not just most of us. And for those who do not currently have ID, getting ID can be unduly burdensome, in terms of both time and money.