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ion stated that because there was a free method of obtaining identification, and that “posing for a photograph does not qualify as a substantial burden on most voters’ right to vote, or represent a significant increase over the usual burdens of voting,” the voter ID laws instituted in Indiana are legal.¹¹ It is worth noting here that Crawford’s legal team was unable to provide even a single witness claiming that the Indiana regulations suppressed their vote. I believe in voting and democracy. Undeniably, America and its electoral system has its problems. There will always be forces and factors that cloud the voices of American citizens. However, if we

claim status as a representative democracy, we need a voting system that works by giving each citizen one voice, accurately ascribed to them. Voter ID laws can be upheld in such a way that they do not disenfranchise specific groups. Voter ID laws are supported by the majority of Americans across racial lines. It has been proven that small electoral margins can have a large effect on national policy. Voter ID laws have been reviewed and upheld as legal. Because of these reasons, I stand in firm support of instituting federal voter ID laws similar to those found in 2005 in Indiana for all federal elections.¹²

1. Enjoli Francis, “24M Voter Registrations Invalid, Pew Reports,” ABC News, February 15, 2012. 2. Aaron Bandler, “5 Statistics That Show Voter ID Is Not Racist,” Daily Wire, August 2, 2016. 3. Hans Von Spakovsky, “Here Comes the 2014 Voter Fraud,” Heritage Foundation, October 30, 2014. 4. Ibid. 5. Peter Roff, “Al Franken May Have Won His Senate Seat Through Voter Fraud,” US News & World Report, July 20, 2010; Byron York, “York: When 1,099 felons vote in race won by 312 ballots,” Washington Examiner, April 12, 2019. 6. Spakovsky, supra. 7. Justin Mccarthy, “Four in Five Americans Support Voter ID Laws, Early Voting,” Gallup, August 22, 2016.

8. Ibid. 9. Washington Post Poll, “Should voters in the United States be required to show photo identification?” Washington Post, July 19, 2012. 10. Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181. 11. Ibid., at section III (Stevens, J., for the Court). 12. Note: this is not to be misconstrued to mean that I support the issuance of a federal ID. State IDs would be used, and federal law passed requiring voter ID would require states to provide options like those in Indiana. This would also provide a convenient way for those who lack ID to acquire it as they vote. Two for one.

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