Adam Cohen: “The federal government could establish more voter-friendly rules for such an ID. It could ensure that voters do not have to pay for the ID or the underlying documents. These IDs could be dispensed at post offices, which are located in every community. The government could even proactively send them out to citizens when they turn 18.”
I’ve long called for universal voter registration conducted by the federal government along with free voter id (with optional thumbprint–you can’t forget your thumb), and mentioned it in today’s NYT oped. I like to say that it is a proposal that united Republicans and Democrats—against the program, for different reasons. It also makes privacy advocates and immigration reform advocates nervous.