As an alternative of attempting to make it more durable to vote, GOP ought to attempt to enchantment to extra voters

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Maine lawmakers are once more contemplating laws to require registered voters to indicate an ID to forged a poll. It is a resolution in quest of an issue.

Backers of the invoice, LD 34, say that such a requirement may make elections safer. But, voter fraud is extraordinarily uncommon, and there’s little proof that requiring a photograph ID to vote deters fraud. In Maine, voters should present identification and proof of residency to register to vote.

Georgia carried out a voter identification requirement in 2008. In 2012, the Atlanta Journal-Structure wrote that neither claims that the brand new regulation would stop fraud nor that it might suppress voter turnout, particularly amongst folks of shade, turned out to be true. Election officers say they haven’t discovered any circumstances of voter fraud that had been thwarted by the brand new ID requirement. Nor was there a discount in voter participation, significantly amongst Black and Hispanic voters, after the brand new regulation, the newspaper’s evaluation discovered.