Curious Why Mass. Voters Don’t Need ID

BOSTON (CBS) — Every Election Day there’s concern from voters about fraud.

Steve from Tewksbury Declared his Curiosity saying he used to live in Illinois where people have to show identification to vote. He wants to know, “Why no ID verification here?”

In Massachusetts there’s no blanket requirement to show some form of identification. However, you can be asked for identification if you’re a first time voter, haven’t voted in several years, or if a poll worker is suspicious that you’re not who you say you are.

“There’s been no allegations of fraud,” said Secretary of State Bill Galvin. “I mean many of the people who run around talking about IDs when you ask them, as I have asked them, ‘Could you tell me of a specific instance?’ They can’t tell you any.”

Galvin says not everyone carries an ID. He specifically cites older people who may have given up their driver’s licenses and he doesn’t want to make voting harder for them.

26 states require you show some form of identification.

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