Well certainly no American citizen should be denied a photo ID. If there is a problem with any individual then that can certainly be investigated, but most people should be expected have some record of their personal history.If you elect barriers to some folks- people that don't currently have the right kind of ID- but not others, then you are corrupting the result of the election.
Yes, the weather can skew election results, and other events as well, but like admission to any event there should be some criteria as to who should be allowed to participate. In elections this is of utmost importance, and should be a matter of nationall pride. Certainly the famed "American know-how" can come up with some system where only US citizens may vote.Whether in theory people ought to just push through those barriers or not isn't the issue, the issue is how severely that measure will skew the election results. I'm using the rain example to show that even relatively small barriers do in fact dramatically skew election results.
This does seem a seious problem and one that should easily be overcome. You could probably apply for a passport as well with no real problem.Well, for example, I would not currently be able to vote if my state adopted the strictest of the voter ID laws unless I went and got a new ID. I have several valid photo IDs- a passport, a driver's license from the state I lived in before entering law school, and a student ID. But, many of the laws only accept IDs issued by the state in which you would be voting, and since I'm not driving while I'm at school here, I didn't get a driver's license here.
Her passport should be evidence enough.Likewise, my grandmother could not vote with her current ID in some of the states. She has a passport as well and a Medicare card, but her driver's license was allowed to expire a few years ago since she is too old to drive.
A very minor problem.The biggest category of people whose IDs wouldn't allow them to vote are people who move more frequently. Very few people update the addresses on their IDs right away every time they move houses. So, young people very often have previous addresses on their IDs. Many of the laws exclude IDs that don't have a current address.
With advanced polling, drivers pools, etc. this is not a major concern. People who intend to vote will have no problem applying for ID.So, those are three big categories of people that get hit hard by the worst of the voter ID laws- students, the eldery and young people. Other categories are people in the military, people in cities where you can get by without a car, and the poor.
It's not clear where this 10% number comes in , especially if you are drawing from the concerns you expressed above. Other countries have overcome problems with their electoral system and there appears to be no real reasons why the American people can't do the same. You're implying that they are ineffectual, lazy or just plain stupid, and I don't believe that's that the case at all.Again, it is corrupting the system by suppressing the votes of up to 10% of the population. That is a massive corruption of the system on par with the Jim Crow days. Excluding one person from voting who is a legal voter is exactly as bad as one person who isn't a legal voter voting. Either way, you're cheating the result by one vote.