Abby Rapoport writes in The American Prospect about the dollar and cents costs of voter ID laws. Guess what? It wasn’t cheap. A report issued Policy Matters Ohio, estimates that the Voter ID law that recently failed in the Ohio Senate would have cost the state up to $7 million.
Using the similar Math, Shane Schoeller’s Voter Id bill, which the Missouri House sent to the Senate in February, would likely cost the state a similar pretty penny since it specifies that “state and all fee offices shall provide at least one form of identification required to vote at no cost to the voter.”
This expense will be mandated at a time when the budget situation is so dire that the GOPers in Jefferson City are fighting over whether they jettison blind services or children’s services.
Pretty costly for what is saner souls dub a solution in search of a problem. Reported cases of voter fraud are very rare, those that would have been forestalled with photo ID are so few as to be almost non-existent.
Schoeller argues that since it will be necessary to prove citizenship to obtain voter ID, it will deter immigrants from voting. He cites the claims of Colorado’s GOP Secretary of State, Scott Gessler that, based on a comparison of Colorado’s voter registration database to driver license records, 5000 non-citizens voted in Colorado in 2010. Unfortunately, the study upon which Gessler based his complaints was far from scrupulous, used inconclusive data making it impossible to give such precise numbers.