by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Most Americans are simply unaware of how weak and haphazard our voter ID and absentee ballot laws are compared to those in other countries. …
… According to Ballotpedia, 15 states do not require voter ID for in-person voting. Republicans control the state legislatures in three of the states (NE, NC & PA), there is split legislative control in Minnesota, and the remaining 11 states (OR, CA, NV, NM, IL, MD, NJ, NY, MA, VT & ME) all have Democrat control.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are 20 states that have photo ID requirements for in-person voting. … The remaining 15 states (AZ, UT, CO, ND, OK, IA, MO, KY, OH, WV, VA, DE, CT, AK & HI) have non-photo ID document requirements. …
… There are eight states who automatically mail absentee ballots to all registered voters without request. Seven have Democrat-controlled state legislatures (HI, WA, OR, CA, NV, CO & VT), and one (UT) has Republican control. There are 16 states that provide absentee ballots if a statutory excuse has been proven. … The remaining 26 states provide absentee ballots to any registered voter who requests one. …
… How do our voter ID and absentee ballot laws compare to those in Europe, Canada, and Mexico? Be prepared for a shock.
John Lott, Jr., Ph.D. has done the heavy lifting in compiling voting laws in other countries. Here is what his research has found.
Of the 47 countries in Europe, a staggering 46 require government-issued photo IDs for in-person voting. … Both Canada and Mexico require a government-issued photo ID. Mexico goes a step farther by making its ID biometric with both photo and fingerprints.
European, Canadian, and Mexican absentee ballot laws are much more restrictive than ours. None automatically sends absentee ballots to all registered voters.