Photo IDs to vote will have smooth sailing

Requiring a photo ID to vote is on its way, according to

That should please N.C. residents. In the latest Elon University Poll, 72 percent of respondents said they favor such a requirement before citizens are allowed to vote.

And it’s likely to have a smooth passage in Raleigh. Unlike last year, which the legislature passed such a bill, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed it. Perdue is a Democrat. Now, new Gov. Pat McCrory has said he favors some kind of photo ID requirement.

This isn’t new. Last March, the Elon University Poll found that  a photo ID requirement was supported by 74 percent of those surveyed.

Opponents of such legislation argue that the requirement would keep voters from the polls because they wouldn’t have the appropriate government approved identification. Our polling indicates that’s a relatively minor issue: More than 97 percent of respondents said they have some form of photo identification. The remaining people surveyed were mostly 21 or younger or 65 and older.  (I say “relatively minor” because putting an obstacle in front of a potential voter is always something to be avoided. No bill has been introduced on voter ID yet so it is unclear exactly what type of photo identification might be required.)

As long as we don’t have to deal with precinct workers who look at the ID and ask “How old were you when this picture was taken?”

— John Robinson

One response to “Photo IDs to vote will have smooth sailing

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