Why Doesn’t Everybody Have a Voter ID?

Share:

A voter shows his driver's license at a Madison, Miss., precinct, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

November 4, 2014

When we asked FRONTLINE viewers what they wanted to know about voting, most of you asked about voter ID laws.

Today, 30 states now require some form of identification at the polls. In seven states, the requirement is strict — voters must show a photo ID with their correct name and address, or their vote won’t count.

Several viewers asked why any adult wouldn’t have an ID card that would be acceptable at the polls. Here’s our answer:

 
You also asked us why voter ID laws are so controversial…

 
… and about laws that protect voters from discrimination.

 
For more, check out our voting coverage at Ballot Watch.


Sarah Childress

Sarah Childress, Former Series Senior Editor, FRONTLINE

In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:

Readers' comments that include profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, harassment, or are defamatory, sexist, racist, violate a third party's right to privacy, or are otherwise inappropriate, will be removed. Entries that are unsigned or are "signed" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. We reserve the right to not post comments that are more than 400 words. We will take steps to block users who repeatedly violate our commenting rules, terms of use, or privacy policies. You are fully responsible for your comments.

blog comments powered by Disqus

More Stories

The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout
In February 2021, days-long blackouts in Texas left millions shivering in the dark. Hundreds died. How has the Texas grid changed since then? And how has it changed how people think?
August 8, 2022
'You Feel Safe One Second and Then Boom': A Conversation With the Filmmakers of 'Ukraine: Life Under Russia's Attack'
The filmmakers of "Ukraine: Life Under Russia's Attack" spoke about documenting life under bombardment and why they felt it was important to bring this story to an American audience.
August 2, 2022
Life Underground: Inside a Kharkiv Metro Station, Home to Hundreds Amid Russia’s Attack on Ukraine
‘We understand there’s a war. But we don’t understand why it has started,’ said one 10-year-old living underground. An excerpt from the new documentary "Ukraine: Life Under Russia’s Attack."
August 2, 2022
U.S. Cities and States Are Suing Big Oil Over Climate Change. Here’s What the Claims Say and Where They Stand.
In a relatively new legal maneuver, cities and states across the U.S. are alleging major players in the fossil fuel industry misled the public on climate change to devastating effect. Legal experts anticipate a long road ahead.
August 1, 2022