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Voter ID - how strict should it be?

Updated: Jul 21, 2023

Idaho House Bill 54 deals with election integrity. At the present time, citizens can use student photo identification from a high school or college to vote. HB 54 would remove that option. The bill also "removes the option of signing an affidavit at the polls in lieu of personal identification."

If HB 54 passes, Idaho law would require one of the following forms of identification to cast a ballot:

  • An Idaho driver’s license or identification card issued by the Idaho Transportation Department.

  • A passport or identification card, including a photograph, issued by an agency of the U.S. government.

  • A tribal photo identification card.

  • A license to carry concealed weapons or an enhanced license to carry concealed weapons.

There are varying standards for voter ID across the country. As the National Conference of State Legislatures points out, "some states request or require voters to show an identification document that has a photo on it, such as a driver’s license, state-issued identification card, military ID, tribal ID, and many other forms of ID. Other states accept non-photo identification such as a bank statement with name and address or other document that does not necessarily have a photo. In total, 18 states ask for a photo ID and 17 states also accept non-photo IDs."

Idaho's photo ID laws have been labeled "non-strict."

And the U.S. Department of Education says college students are "more vulnerable to identity theft because of the availability of their personal data and the way many students handle this data."

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