Enacting ID laws in the United States


EnactingID laws in the United States

EnactingID laws in the United States

Lowvoter turnout rates have been a significant problem in the UnitedStates elections. A lot of concerns have emerged on the possibilityof election fraud. In addition, some politicians feel threatened bythe increase in voter turnout, which can lead to their defeat ingeneral and small elections. The new ID laws imposed on many stateswith an aim of increasing voter participation in elections hasbrought about debates on whether they are suppressing the turnout orpreventing fraud. Speculators claim that the non-whites votes willincrease in the coming ten years in states such as Arizona, Nevadaand Colorado (Cohen, 2012).

InWisconsin, there is a great rejection of the new registration andvoters’ identification because of claims that it will create a newclass of electors. The lawmakers are feeling dissatisfied by the newidentification requirements imposed on citizens and, thus they can’timplement such laws. In Carolina, the lawyers and judges are makingthe imposition of the new ID law very hard since it demands evendriver’s licences and other certifications from the voters (Cohen,2012). Non-implementation of the new law is advantageous topoliticians who are willing to support their political interests. Onanother hand, the problem of low voter turnout in elections willprevail in many states.

TheID laws are feared to suppress voter turnout in because not manycitizens will meet the requirements needed for registration. It seemsthat, the initiative to increase voter participation can also lead tolow voter turnout rates in the short run. Voting has been asignificant challenge in our area because the registrationrequirements are not easily met by the citizens (Hyde, 2008). Theongoing debate in the US is sensible and valid because it will revealthe hidden motives of politicians during elections. For example,people will know that in every form of legislation there are someindividuals who suppress such legislation. In my opinion, votingshould be made easier in order to give the non-whites and otherminority groups an opportunity to vote unlike before (Hyde, 2008).


Cohen,A. (2012). Howvoter ID laws are being used to disenfranchise minorities and thepoor.Retrievedfrom:http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/how-voter-id-laws-are-being-used-to-disenfranchise-minorities-and-the-poor/254572/on 22ndJan 2015.

Hyde,K. (2008). Fraught with fraud.The New American24(22), 18-20.