DAILY JOURNAL – OUR OPINION: Contentious voter ID has a routine debut

Opponents of voter ID had suggested for the nearly two decades that the issue languished in the Legislature that having to present a photo ID would, at a minimum, discourage voter participation and potentially be a form of intimidation to some who remembered the days when black Mississippians were systematically denied the right to vote. While proponents of the law never demonstrated that fraud of the sort that voter ID would prevent was widespread, neither was the argument against it convincing.

In this day and age, people of all ages are routinely required to present photo identification for an assortment of purposes. The universal right to vote in Mississippi was bought with the blood not only of soldiers who died on foreign soil defending the nation’s freedoms but of the civil rights martyrs who died right here in Mississippi so that everyone could exercise this fundamental right of citizenship. Reasonable measures designed to protect the sanctity of the ballot box honor those sacrifices.

Mississippi’s voter ID law is reasonable and shouldn’t be seen as an undue burden. Its first run on an election day in the state helped make that clear.

Daily Journal
6/16/14