Posted: Sep 13, 2012 6:42 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Sep 13, 2012 6:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Controversy continues all over the country about what voters should be required to bring with them to the polls.
Many states require a photo ID, but not Louisiana. Voters can cast their ballot without having a photo ID as long as they can sign an affidavit to prove who are.
Critics say the law opens the door for voter fraud.
"I think you need to have a picture ID to prove that you are who you say you are," said Sonya Bowers. "Because otherwise anyone can walk up and say, 'OK I'm gonna vote.'"
However, according to State Representative Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, not all people without a picture ID are out to dupe the system.
"A lot of elderly persons in our community don't have an ID," he said. "I know my grandmother she doesn't drive so she doesn't have an ID."
Secretary of State Tom Schelder's Office said they audited all the affidavits in the 2008 election, and did not find one case of voter fraud.
"It's all about protecting the right to vote... but maintaining the integrity of the election," said Kyle Ardoin, First Assistant to the Secretary of State.
The deadline to register for the November 6th election is October 9th.