So my question for the ATS community is this: Is it ok/right/legal for the government to require ID from a citizen in order for that citizen to
exercise a constitutional right.
On the surface it would seem that this is an easy answer. On a site like ATS I would almost expect everyone to say "No, it is not alright for the
government to require ID from us for constitutional rights!". I also would say it is not acceptable.
But its not an easy answer... or is it? I don't know.
The strict constitutionalist inside me says no, but all around me I see that it is. Lets look.
Right to free speech:
Most would say you don't need ID for free speech, but do you? The big city near me requires insurance to hold a protest,
it doesn't need to be in everyone's name and not everyone has to show ID. But someone does, and they'll need money too. What if you live in a state
that requires you to produce ID at request of law enforcement?
Right to freely travel:
There's no right to drive per-say so I'm not sure if drivers licenses are a good example but we do accept them. What of
the states that require you to show ID at request of law enforcement, does that count?
Right to bear arms:
All states require ID for this one. Some say it's good, some say it's bad, lots of debate.
Right to vote:
Lots of debate here, not sure if any states require it yet. edited to add: thanks Woodcarver, 34 states require it.
I'm sure there are many other examples, hopefully some of ya'll will post them.
So, is this an easy question? Should the requirement for ID be banned for any constitutional right or is it an acceptable restriction?
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