By Bob Katzen
This law requires all voters to show identification at their polling places in order to be allowed to vote. Acceptable forms of ID would include any unexpired state or federal government-issued photo ID. This includes a Massachusetts state driver’s license or photo identification card and a United States passport. The measure also provides a free or reduced cost photo ID card to indigent voters who cannot afford to pay for one.
Supporters say it is illogical that all voters are not required to show identification prior to voting and note that many other states have laws requiring IDs. They argue that people cannot cash a check, rent a car or even enter some government buildings without showing an ID.
Opponents say the bill would disenfranchise thousands of voters including people who do not have a current address because they are in a homeless shelter or domestic violence facility. Others said that there have been no widespread reports of voter fraud in Massachusetts.