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Old 04-24-2016, 01:58 PM
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Most countries have some sort of national ID, but the U.S. does not. Many people do not have "valid" ID.

To give some idea of how politicized the voter ID requirement is, in Texas a concealed-gun carry permit is acceptable for voter ID! But a government-issued student ID card with photo is not. (Gun owners tend to vote Republican; students Democratic.)

The voter ID laws are just one deliberate obstacle. In the 2004 election, precincts in Republican-voting precincts had adequate voting machines and voting was quick. In many Democratic-leaning precincts there were too few machines and queue delays of up to six hours to vote! (Without that, it's possible John Kerry would have defeated GWB.)