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Your Turn: How Stringent Should We Make Voter ID Requirements?

by Countable | 9.18.17

Over the past several years, voter ID requirements have gained national attention. While every state mandates certain ID requirements before letting constituents cast a ballot, they vary dramatically in scope and stringency.

While some states mandate strict photo ID requirements, others require only that a voter's in-person signature match their one on file. This has caused considerable controversy. On the one hand, people argue that stringent photo ID is necessary to preserve the integrity of elections. On the other hand, people argue that tougher voter ID laws are unnecesary — since voter fraud is statistically rare — and that stricter laws unfairly suppress minority votes.

What do you think? And just as importantly, how would you suggest we improve voter ID requirements? Countable is trying to make the case that the next global XPRIZE competition should hinge on fixing democracy. Think of it — millions of dollars dedicated to making Democracy even better! You can read more about this initiative here. We'd love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below!


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