State Instead of Federally-issued ID Cards Could Protect States’ Sovereignty and Dramatically Reduce Employment and Voter Fraud

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Many governmental and business leaders have advocated a federal-implemented ID card system for all citizens as a means to address voter fraud, unauthorized workers and terrorists’ infiltration of the country. Various legislative attempts by members of the U.S. Congress and the federal administration have been thwarted by state governments as further intrusions of their sovereignty and individual citizens as a loss of privacy.

Although it’s understandable why state governments and U.S. citizens may not want a federal ID card, the lack of such a system is causing security, economic and electoral security problems that are costing states, businesses throughout the U.S. and individuals large amounts of time and money.

What could be a simple solution is for the federal government to legislate certain standards for such a system, but allow the states to implement and administer it. Anyone with a driver’s license has already accepted a form of state-issued identification, so adapting a similar card and system for the purpose of general identification should be much more palatable by most citizens at the state level.

An individual’s state-implemented ID card would be scanned when voting or applying for a job and, instead of it being linked to a federal database, it would be verified by a state system.

According to experts, another benefit is that it would be easier to eliminate fraudulent voters and unauthorized workers with the use of a single card and system. Employers that used the system would not be subject to the various laws against employing illegal workers, reducing fraud, paperwork and other administrative costs.

It has been estimated that a states-based ID card system would only cost a few billion dollars and could be introduced in a year or less. For individual citizens, the greatest benefit could be more jobs available for legal workers and, when the economy was robust, wages would increase because of labor shortages.

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