The first big survey of voter ID requirements.

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March 16 2007 3:42 PM

Ballot Bonanza

The first big survey of voter ID requirements—and its surprising findings.

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Since this feature of American elections is here to stay, the most we can hope for is that the actual process of registering and voting should be as simple and straightforward as possible. Both sides in the heated debate over voter ID should be able to agree that a person's ability to vote should not depend on the luck of which administrator he or she draws.

Stephen Ansolabehere is an Elting R. Morison professor of political science at MIT. He co-directed the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project from 2000 to 2004.