A Vote In Favor Of Photo ID (5/1/08) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

A Vote In Favor Of Photo ID (5/1/08)

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana's law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot. And I couldn't agree with their ruling more.

Critics of the law say it discriminates against the poor and the elderly. But in this day and age, that argument just doesn't hold water.

Government-issued photo ID is already necessary for many daily transactions. Most adults already have driver's licenses. And to deal with those who don't drive, Indiana's law allows citizens to acquire a state-issued ID card at no charge.

All that being the case, I find it hard to imagine who might still have a problem with such a system.

What must be assured is that all voters will be required to show ID. If the majority were just waved through because they "look OK" while others had to show their card because they have the wrong color skin or the "wrong attitude," then yes - that would be a problem.

But the law clearly prohibits such a practice. And as long as that's the case, I'm happy with any idea that helps protect the integrity of one of our most precious rights and responsibilities.

This is one time when Kentucky would do well to follow Indiana's example.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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