On Voting in 2014

I will keep this short.

Today, I entered the polls and voted without showing an I.D. This may be the last election where this is the case. I will not get into the modern political dealings of Voter I.D laws, but reflect on my understanding of them.My grandparents lived in an era where choosing to vote clashed with laws engineered to make exercising their constitutional right difficult. Less than 50 years ago in 1965 then-President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. This act, developed in an effort to end disenfranchisement and voter suppression, has provided protection to groups that historically have been disenfranchised. Why challenge the voting process now? What has changed in the last few elections to warrant this? Fraud exists and will continue to exist regardless of safety guards developed to ward against it.

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