From Fox News:

A simple question divides the two parties on the process of this election — should voters have to show a picture ID to cast a ballot?

Republicans say requiring photo identification at the polls is just a matter of common sense. But Democrats warn the move could disenfranchise voters. “I think this is an effort to diminish minority and poor people’s involvement in the electoral policies and politics,” said Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. But David Norcross, president of the Republican National Lawyers Association, noted that a photo ID is required to enter any federal building and most office buildings, among other things. “You need it to get welfare, you need it to get on an airplane, take the SAT, buy liquor, buy cigarettes. It’s sort of ubiquitous,” he said. “And it’s crazy to exclude voting from the list of things you need it for.”

The latest voter ID controversy centers on South Carolina’s photo ID law, which the Justice Department blocked on Dec. 23, claiming it will hurt minorities and the poor.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/28/battle-over-voter-id-laws-heats-up-in-states/print#ixzz1htS5HdPe

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