Voter ID Laws Boost Democracy

By Stephan & Abigail Thernstrom, Boston Herald - August 18, 2012

Without a personal identification card issued by some level of government, you are a second-class citizen.

You cannot board an airplane, ride an Amtrak train, buy a six-pack of beer or a pack of cigarettes, open a checking account, enter many public and some private office buildings or even attend an NAACP convention without proving that you are who you say you are. You cannot even qualify for means-tested public support programs such as Medicaid without valid identification.

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