The US Justice Department has chosen to reject state requirements for identification before voting. Their argument are that voting fraud is not a significant problem and imposing such a requirement disproportionately impacts young and minority voters (the traditional Democrat base) who are less likely to have identification. A government ID is offered at zero or nominal cost in all 50 states. It is required for virtually every facet of life, yet the Justice Department does not think voting is sufficiently important reason to identify the voter? In fact, Attorney General Eric Holder has been unwavering in his attack of states that attempt to impose ID requirements, despite a recent expose in which a documentary showed someone easily gaining access to HOLDER’s ballot without an ID.
The Obama administration is at odds with 73% of the American people who disagree with their position on Voter ID. Especially because this is a Euro-Left site, I’m curious how this issue is handled outside the US.
Is voter identification required in your country? Do you believe it unfairly targets, discourages, or disenfranchises poor and minority voters? Why or why not?