Is President Jimmy Carter Evolving on Voter ID?

A knowledgeable reader writes:

Jimmy Carter in 2008:
“As [James Baker and I] stated in our 2005 report, voter ID laws are not a problem in and of themselves. Rather, the current crop of laws are not being phased in gradually and in a fair manner that would increase — not reduce — voter participation.”

Jimmy Carter in 2013:

“I believe we all know how Dr. King would have reacted to the new I.D. requirements to exclude certain voters, especially African Americans,” Carter said. “I think we all know how Dr. King would have reacted to the Supreme Court striking down a crucial part of the Voting Rights Act just recently passed overwhelmingly by Congress.”

I don’t think those positions are inconsistent, but I do wonder why voter ID supporters keep repeating the talking point that “even Jimmy Carter supports voter ID,” without any nuance.

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