In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Robert A. Pastor makes a case for the implementation of biometric voter IDs in America because they can help solve problems with voter fraud and migration.
While more than 30 states already require voters to have identification cards, they haven’t always been used because many state courts have suspended the requirements, citing late implementation, confusing rules and lack of access to the cards.
Pastor advocates for free biometric IDs with fingerprints or iris scans for all eligible voters which would promote ballot integrity and even get tens of millions of people added to voter rolls.
Biometric IDs may also help with efforts to legalize undocumented workers and give them a valid form of ID that can only be tied to them. Without proof of the biometric ID, the worker couldn’t be verified as a legal immigrant and therefore couldn’t get work.
While Pastor contends that implementing a biometric ID program would be expensive, the benefits would outweigh the concerns and help solve some big issues facing America today.
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