Showing identification is part of everyday life. You need it to get any kind of license, cash a check, open an account, buy alcohol or tobacco, get a job, fly on a plane, or rent just about anything. You even need to show ID to return something at Walmart. In short, having identification is part of being a responsible adult, comparable to filing tax returns or registering for the draft.
So as often as ID is necessary in our everyday lives, it would seem that providing photo ID before voting should be completely reasonable, if not expected. Unfortunately, there are those who are claiming that preventing voter fraud isn’t a good enough reason to require photo ID. The NAACP and many democrats claim that requiring identification to vote is discriminatory towards minorities, because in their view, many minorities are unable to procure identification due to extreme poverty or lack of transportation.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I find the assertion that an entire race is incapable of functioning as responsible adults to be very discriminatory. It’s pretty much the definition of racism to claim that blacks can’t manage to get ID, as if their race makes them less capable or less responsible than everyone else.
Some anti-voter ID activists have realized how silly it is to claim that blacks can’t get ID, so they argue that there are Americans of all races who are too destitute to obtain ID. However, the states that require voter ID also offer voter ID cards for free, which can hardly be called a hardship or “poll tax.” It’s also worth noting that anyone who is too poor to obtain ID would qualify for government assistance, which requires ID!