Voter ID laws can’t fix every problem, but they are a start. As the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky points out, these laws prevent voters from impersonating someone else, make it harder for a person to vote at multiple locations and block illegal aliens from voting. Some states, like Kansas, are also reforming voting-registration laws and absentee-ballot rules to ensure up-to-date voter rolls.
Mr. Clinton claims Republicans are trying to “make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate,” presumably by reducing Democratic turnout. But Democratic voters have no harder time getting a driver’s license than do Republicans.
The federal courts have repeatedly upheld the constitutionality of voter ID laws. In 2008, John Paul Stevens—no conservative—wrote for a six-vote Supreme Court majority that voter ID laws don’t constitute an undue burden on citizens attempting to vote. States typically let voters cast a provisional ballot if they can’t prove citizenship on polling day, and they provide IDs for free if needed.