Voter ID Law

FRQ #1, Concept Application.


Read the following information from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Several states have passed voter-ID laws in the past few years. Virginia’s statute requires that prior to voting, a voter must provide one of the following forms of ID:

Virginia driver’s license or any valid state ID, a valid U.S. Passport, any Virginia college ID card, or any employee photo-ID.

Any voter who does not show one of the forms of identification specified shall be offered a
provisional ballot marked “ID Only.” In order to have his or her ballot counted, the voter must
submit a copy of one of the forms of identification to the electoral board no later than noon on the
third day after the election.

Source: Brennan Center, “Summary of Voter-ID Laws Passed”


(A) Describe an action a citizen or group could take to remove one or more requirements outlined in the passage above.

(B) In the context of the scenario, explain how partisan divisions might prevent the action described in Part A from achieving the goal in Part A.

(C) Explain one argument for or against voter-ID laws.