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Voter fraud is often cited as the reason for laws requiring voters to provide government-issued identification when voting. The left believes this is overblown and see voter ID laws as an attempt to keep poor individuals from the voting booth, which they portray as the only way Republicans can win elections; the right see it as an attempt to stop fraudulent voting, which they portray as the only way Democrats can win elections.

In Support

In general I have seen zero explanation of the methodology behind studies that say that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent, and such a strong claim makes me doubtful.

In Opposition

Oh wow where to start? There are a ton of academic studies that show that voting fraud does not exist (although admittedly I haven't read the methodology). A more serious issue than voting fraud is the fact that 10 percent of voting-age residents don't have a government-issued ID.[1]

  1. http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2012/jul/11/eric-holder/eric-holder-says-recent-studies-show-25-percent-af/

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