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.
Who has to travel to get a birth certificate? My wife needed a copy of hers. She was born in a county in Illinois that isn't even a county anymore (it merged with a neighboring county), and we were still able to order an official copy over the internet for about $15.