By The Bakersfield Californian
The Associated Press article "Could tougher voting laws squelch the youth vote?," published Aug. 5 in The Californian, led the reader to infer that there are countless college students who cannot get a picture ID and thus would be unable to vote. Granted that there could be a number of students who don't get a driver's license in high school -- but how hard can it be for a student intelligent enough to go to college to get a government-issued photo ID?
Instead of protesting efforts by states to keep voter fraud to a minimum, maybe colleges should help these students get a legally acceptable photo ID instead. Certainly, any student not in possession of a proper government-issued ID will never be able to travel by air. Without that ID, how would a recent graduate ever get to a cross-country job interview to start a career? And imagine if a student couldn't find out how to get a photo ID upon turning 21? Oh, the outrage at college pubs everywhere.
Perhaps the best thing colleges and universities can do to help students who want to vote is to help them figure out how to vote absentee. Surely if it is good enough for the 18-year-olds who serve their country in places like Afghanistan and still figure out how to vote, maybe it's good enough for the 18-year-olds who don't have to leave the comfort of their dorm rooms in order to exercise that freedom.