As legal arguments over Texas’ controversial photo ID law continue, it is important to remember that the debate about voter ID stretches far beyond the courtroom into voting booths across the country. Newly passed voter ID laws in numerous states could have a dramatic affect this November leaving legitimate votes uncounted.
The issue of strict photo ID laws has been a very contentious one in the past few years. Proponents of these laws claim they are necessary to deter alleged fraud and ensure confidence in the system. However, in-person voter impersonation fraud (the only type that a strict ID law could prevent) is essentially non-existant.