by Wendy Underhill
In light of all the attention that American legislators have been giving voter identification, I wondered about what our North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, do. What I learned is that American states fall somewhere in the middle, geographically and administratively.
Here is how the Voter ID page from Elections Canada reads:
To Vote, you must prove your identity and address. You have three options:
Option 1: Show one original piece of identification with your photo, name and address. It must be issued by a government agency. Example: driver's license.
Option 2: Show two original pieces of authorized identification. Both pieces must have your name and one must also have your address. Example: health card and hydro bill.
Option 3: Take an oath and have an elector who knows you vouch for you. This person must have authorized identification and be from the same polling division as you. This person can only vouch for one person. Examples: a neighbor, your roommate.
That's very clear—and it works throughout Canada. Mexico also has a clear rule: bring your "Credencial para Votar" to the polls. This photo-voting card is provided free of charge by the Federal Electoral Institute, and has been since 1991.