With 63 million registered democrats, and 45 million registered republicans, the only way republicans can ever win is if they discourage voting while firing up their base

who does not have an voter id

How much voter impersonation fraud actually occurs?

  • There are more UFO sightings than suspected voter fraud cases source

  • Analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000. source

  • A nationwide analysis of more than 2,000 cases of alleged election fraud over the past dozen years shows that in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which has prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tougher voter ID laws, was virtually nonexistent. source

  • Exactly Zero Of The 17 Suspected Voter Fraud Cases In Boulder, CO Ended Up Being Real source

  • Cases of voter-ID election fraud found 'virtually non-existent' source

  • Pennsylvania admits there was no reported voting fraud, which the law was created to prevent source

  • Actual Voter Fraud Very Rare and Not Caught by Voter ID. source

  • A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast. Link includes the full list of cases source

And what are the costs of preventing these few cases of voter impersonation fraud?

  • As many as 32 million women could be turned away by voter ID laws that require an exact legal name, even if the woman's name has changed due to marriage or divorce. source

  • More than 758,000 Pennsylvanians would not have been able to vote in the previous presidential election if the of a voter ID law had gone into effect. That is roughly 9.2% of the state's voters. source

  • About 220,000 registered Missouri voters don't have the very specific form of photo identification that would be required under the legislation being considered this year. Trying to stop 220,000 eligible Missourians from voting doesn't protect our democracy, but it weakens the integrity of our elections. source

But that's just speculation. Can you give me actual examples of people being disenfranchised?

  • Greg Abbot, the Republican attorney general of Texas who campaigned long and loud for the state's new voter ID law, was refused to vote with his valid ID, because he goes by "Greg Abbott" on the voter registration rolls and by "Gregory Wayne Abbott" on his driver's license. source

  • Voter ID-Supporting Candidate Forgets ID, Becomes Latest Victim of Voter ID Law source

  • New Texas voter ID snags Wendy Davis. Has to sign affidavit to vote because her driver's license has her name as Wendy Russell Davis but voter registration records listed her as Wendy Davis. source

  • Texas' Strict Voter ID Law Catches Former Speaker of the House Jim Wright source

  • Many citizens are being turned away from voting in Texas, even though in-person voter impression is an extremely rare event. source

  • Voter ID Law Causes Problems for Women Using Maiden Names: The problem came to light Monday, when a local district judge had trouble casting a ballot. source

But it can't be that hard to get an ID, can it?

  • In Wisconsin, you need an ID to vote. In Sauk City, you can only get an ID on the fifth Wednesday of every month. source

  • Voter ID law presents catch-22 for would-be voters. Can't get an ID without a birth certificate, can't get a birth certificate without an ID source

  • Paying for an ID in order to vote is considered a poll tax, which is specifically forbade in the constitution source

But my republican friend swears its easy to commit voter id fraud. Why doesn't someone just try it to prove it's easy?

  • Republicans in separate states were taken into police custody during the past week for attempting to test how easy it would be to commit voter fraud. source

  • Republican tries to prove how it easy it is to commit voter fraud. Gets arrested for attempting voter fraud source

  • Republicans keep getting caught for voter fraud trying to prove how easy it is to commit voter fraud. source

Despite these sources, I believe IDs aren't a problem, so you're wrong

Even if we got past the whole ID thing, these voter suppression laws have other issues:

  • Limiting the amount of early voting time makes it harder to vote.

  • Closing polling places in blue districts makes it harder to vote.

  • Preventing early registration for 16 and 17 year olds who will be 18 on election day makes it harder to vote.

  • Limiting the types of IDs you can use makes it harder to vote.

  • Limiting the days you're allowed to register to vote makes it harder to vote.

  • Disallowing voter registration drives makes it harder to vote.

  • Disallowing women who've recently been married or divorced and changed their names makes it harder to vote.