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VOTER I.D.: Racist and Unconstitutional?

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Leftist judges and Democratic activists increasingly embrace the ludicrous idea that requiring voters to show picture ID constitutes a form of unconstitutional racism. This is absurd and groundless: the Constitution explicitly guarantees a right to bear arms, but liberals never question background checks or photo identification before you get guns.

Moreover, if it’s racist to require ID when you vote, isn’t it also racist to require ID when you cash a check or get on a plane? And wouldn’t such requirements inevitably amount to illegal discrimination? Finally, American University studied three racially diverse states—Mississippi, Indiana and Maryland—and found that a grand total of 1.2 percent of registered voters lacked photo ID. Wouldn’t it benefit this tiny, marginalized minority to make sure they got the free identification they need, rather than demanding that they should vote without it?

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