At first, the arguments in favor of photo voter identification laws sound quite enticing, but the more I read and hear about the concept, the more I am inclined to agree that it is simply a bad idea, designed to foster less participation in elections, rather than making sure they are legitimate.
It appears that not only the poor and elderly will be disenfranchised. Before a Cole County Circuit Court judge struck down Missouri's law, Fourth District Congressman Ike Skelton was denied a voter ID, according to testimony provided Wednesday in the U. S. House of Representatives. Skelton voted against a national photo voter ID bill, but ended up on the losing side of a 228-196 tally, which was mostly on party lines with Republicans overwhelmingly supporting the bill and Democrats opposing it:
Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., said he was initially denied a voter ID required under a Missouri state law because he doesn't have a driver's license and couldn't immediately produce a passport or birth certificate. His congressional ID card was not accepted.