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October 10, 2012

Voting rights — and wrongs State by state, courts are finding good solutions to the ID dispute

If you want to access your email, withdraw cash from a machine or use a credit card online, you have to enter some information to confirm that you are who you claim to be — a password, a PIN number, a security code. No one objects to these safeguards, provided they don't actually keep us from doing things we are entitled to do. Convenience and security can both be served, and they usually are.

The same goals ought to be paramount in the realm of voting. Many states have passed laws requiring voters to produce photo identification when they show up at the polls, to prevent ballot fraud — say, someone claiming to be John Smith showing up to vote even though John Smith recently passed away. The old joke, "When I die, bury me in Chicago so I can stay active in politics," is based on sleazy practices once common in Cook County (and elsewhere too).

Read The Full Story Here: Chicago Tribune