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October 5, 2005

National ID Cards Implicated in Voting Requirements

The full text of the Final Report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform is available for download from the American University Center for Democracy and Election Management.  The Commission is headed by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

Among the recommendations is that states use ID cards mandated by the REAL ID act as identification for voting.  The text of the report identified various ID requirements for voting, but the Commission found fault with most of the possibilities.  The discussion regarding IDs is contained in Section 2.5 of the report.  The implications here revolve on the use of a secure, central ID for not just voting, but a variety of common transactions, essentially creating a de facto national ID card.  Further implications include the types of databases states need to construct to maintain consistent voter information, electronic voting, and how these intersect with ID requirements.  Voting technology is discussed in Section 3 of the Report.

The report is available through links on the Commission's web page.

The Commission also links to various web news reports that analyze and react to the Commission's report and recommendations. Many of the reports focus on the ID issues.

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