In the past, opponents of similar bills have argued that voting fraud is not, in fact, widespread, and that requiring voters to present a picture ID would discourage some people from going to the polls.
"The basis of democracy is the vote," said State Senator Lour Correa, D-Santa Ana. "I've spent most of my adult life encouraging people to vote, and so to me, if you want to make this country even stronger, get people to vote. I'm not sure an ID is going to help the situation."
Adams' bill also aims at cracking down on absentee ballot voter fraud, by requiring people who mail in their ballots to mark them with their driver's license or ID number. Election workers would be required to check the numbers before the ballots could be counted.
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