Originally Posted by banyon
Yes they are. There are countless examples of elderly people who don't have to ability to travel a couple of states away and get their original birth certificates, etc. It's not so much the "having the ID" that's the problem. It's the "prove you're a citizen" component of the laws that throws up the hurdles.
In fact, several courts of appeal have affirmatively decided that there is inadequate infrastructure in place to provide the required ID's and are ordering the process halted.
What law requires anyone to travel a couple of states away to get an original birth certificate? If that exists at all, and I doubt that it does, it's certainly not the typical voter ID law. ID can be obtained in most (probably all) states without any interstate trip. And even if an interstate trip is required, that doesn't strip anyone of their right to vote.
No one is disenfranchised by an ID requirement.
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