A big, bodacious majority of Americans appear to believe that it is not an unreasonable request to ask a voter for a photo ID when they arrive at the polls. A new Gallup poll reveals that 80 percent of Americans favor “requiring all voters to provide photo identification at their voting place in order to vote.” There’s a partisan divide, of course. Among Republicans, 95 percent approve of a photo ID requirement; among Democrats, the number is 63 percent. It is interesting to note that 81 percent of white voters and 77 percent of “non-white” voters also favor the indisputable photo ID.
“Voter ID laws are most popular among residents living in the South (84 percent) and Midwest (84 percent), the regions in which eight of the strictest state voter ID laws are enforced. Nationally, election laws requiring voter identification exist — with some variation of the requirement — in 34 states, 33 of which are in effect for the 2016 election,” Gallup analyst Justin McCarthy noted. – READ MORE