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Abstract

The 2002 Help America Vote Act requires election officials to request photo ID for first time voters who register by mail. Some states took this a step further and required all voters to present photo ID in order to exercise the franchise. These laws have attracted a great deal of attention recently because of the belief that these laws disenfranchise voters. However, what is needed is a uniform system that allows voters access to the ballot and also protects the integrity of the ballot. This note argues that all Congress has to do is connect the dots in several federal election laws to fashion a cardless system that would allow poll workers to easily identify voters while limiting the possibility of disenfranchising voters.

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