Former House Speaker Jim Wright Has Trouble Getting Voter ID in Texas: The Lesson Behind It

This seems to me to be the key point—why Republicans like ID and Democrats fear it:

While Wright will be able to vote, Ritchson worried that others of his age may find the obstacles and inconvenience she and Wright encountered so off-putting that they just don’t vote.

“I’ve been thinking about the people who are in retirement homes,” Ritchson said. “I’ve read that this is the lowest early voter turnout in a long time and I wonder if this [ID requirement] is the cause. We’ve tried so hard to make voting easy, and now the Texas Legislature has made it harder by making you have a photo ID.”

That is: the fear is not so much voters who are literally disenfranchised because they lack the underlying documents to get the i.d. It is the voters who will not bother to vote given the hurdles: hurdles which do not appear to be put there to stop a real problem (impersonation fraud).
Those who support ID should support it (1) on a national basis and (2) done in a way that puts the onus on the government to make sure everyone who is eligible to be registered gets registered, using the right documents with all costs borne by the government.
But I suppose if you believe like some that those who don’t make enough of an effort to overcome hurdles don’t deserve to vote, you might come to a different conclusion.

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