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Virginia Vote

Just returned from voting here in Virginia, where we go to the polls every November, because our state delegates are elected in odd-numbered years. I continue to be astonished at how little is required of voters by way of identification: I gave a poll worker my name, she looked it up, and asked me my address (which by then was in plain sight). That’s it. When I offered to show my drivers license, she said it wasn’t necessary. And then I voted. When Republicans talk about increasing ballot security, they’re talking about little things like requiring voters to show proof of identification–and they’re accused of racism for it, as if it were a 1960s literacy test from Mississippi (“how many bubbles in a bar of soap?” etc.). Ludicrous, ludicrous, ludicrous.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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