"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
In Indiana (my home state), those who supported the voter ID law keep pointing to a study that said some of the petition signatures to get Obama and Clinton on the Democratic Primary ballot may have been forged.
Well, guess what? One: it's a primary not a general election. Two: Voter ID wouldn't address this issue at all.
It's a true bait & switch.
There were ineligible signatures on a petition! So, we have to have Voter IDs at the polls!
Present a problem; then say that you have a solution that isn't a solution at all.
Here's a perfect example of it: Voter fraud is real
I have been voting in elections for forty years. I have never been asked to show any photo ID. The person on the other side of the table at my voting precinct does their due diligence by matching the signature I produced in front of them with my signature on my voters application which is kept in a book on site.
There never has been any reason for a photo ID.
And none has ever been offered here to warrant such a change.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
And without checking, I'd wager that these state laws are coming from ALEC.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a politically conservative 501(c) (3) non-profit Policy Organization, consisting of both state legislators and members of the private sector. ALEC's mission statement describes the organization's purpose as the advancement of free-market principles, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty. Among other activities, the group provides a venue for private individuals and corporations to assist politicians in developing what it considers model laws serving the economic and political aims of its members. ALEC also serves as a networking tool among state legislators, allowing them to research the handling and best practices of policy in other states.
ALEC currently has more than 2,000 legislative members representing all 50 states, as well as more than 85 members of Congress and 14 sitting or former Governors who are considered alumni. ALEC also claims approximately 300 corporate, foundation, and other private-sector members. A list of ALEC leaders in the states includes 73 Republican lawmakers and 7 Democrats. [...] Each year approximately 800 bills based in whole or in part on ALEC model legislation are introduced in the states. Annually, about 20% of these introduced bills become law.
American Legislative Exchange Council - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Not using a college ID is making a student either get a local driver's license (which would mean he's officially moved out of his parent's home -and that has tax implications) or vote at home. There is no reason a student shouldn't be able to vote in his college town with a valid student ID.
Not sure where you guys went to college, but it was much easier to fake a state ID than it was to fake a student ID.
And you're being paranoid. Again, there is NO proof that this is a problem.
In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud - New York Times
96-year-old Chattanooga woman denied voter ID - WSMV Channel 4 [because the name on her birth certificate did not match her married name and she did not have her marriage certificate.]