Our View: Ohio has it right when it comes to voting ID laws

DKS Editors

Voter identification laws around the country have stirred debate on whether or not forcing citizens to show photo ID before voting is constitutional.

The contention starts with the argument that requiring voters to have an ID at the polls requires them to purchase an ID in the first place — which essentially means people have to spend money in order to vote, and is unconstitutional.

The other side argues that requiring voters to produce a photo ID greatly reduces the probability of voter fraud.

A proposed law to require ID when voting was pushed by Republicans in Pennsylvania, but a state judge temporarily stopped enforcement of the law for the upcoming election.

As of right now, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas and Tennessee have “strict photo ID” laws. However, if a voter doesn’t have a valid photo ID when they arrive at the polls, they are able to fill out a provisional ballot, but they must show their ID to the Board of Elections — each state has a different timeframe for which voters are required to show their ID or their vote isn’t counted.

While Ohio certainly isn’t the model of political policy success in some people’s eyes, the Daily Kent Stater editorial board agrees that the Buckeye state has just the right formula for allowing everyone to vote while safeguarding against voter fraud.

Ohio requires proof of identity at the polls, but all registered voter’s are given a free voter registration card, or they can use a utility bill, a bank statement or even a government-issued check.

So, while Democrats and Republicans in neighboring states around the country bicker about who is affected by voting ID laws, maybe they should take a cue from Ohio and come to sensible resolution.