Opinion

The Conservative Case Against Voter ID Laws

If someone chooses not to fly or drive or visit the White House, that’s her own damned business. She should be free to keep her personal data to herself without forfeiting the most important right she has as an American. Remember “no taxation without representation”?

Barring voter ID laws, many elderly Americans have no reason to keep their IDs current. Why should the government render their voices mute unless they stand in line (a difficult task for many seniors) at a government bureau and hand over personal data to the Feds?

Sure, voter ID laws disproportionately limit Democrat voters, which benefits the GOP. But just because something is beneficial doesn’t make it right. Lately, Republicans have been told repeatedly that we must compromise our principles on issues like immigration and same-sex marriage or risk becoming a permanent minority party. Even if that’s true (and I don’t think it is), electoral consequences should not be the primary consideration in determining political stances. Principles and values are more important.

And to me, there is no greater value in a democracy than a wide franchise. Our nation’s policies and priorities will not reflect the national will if large swaths of the American people are silenced for no good reason.

It’s not only the right thing to do; it’s the right-wing thing to do.

David Benkof is a freelance writer living in St. Louis. He is a frequent contributor to the Daily Caller. Follow him on Facebook or E-mail him at [email protected].