There are lots of problems with our elections processes, and each and every one of them should be worked on in order to improve voter confidence in the process and its outcomes. The problem with confidence is not confined to conservatives. Just go back 14 years and look at the screeching the left did about how we should count votes. They were wrong, sure, but the point is they didn't have confidence either.
Voting should be a simple process. But this doesn't mean we should be able to vote for weeks, ad nauseum. For many decades the polls would open and people would vote, the polls would close, and the votes would be counted. This works. It isn't rocket science. We don't need early voting, and we don't need to vote on more than one day with the relatively rare exception of someone incapable of getting to the polls. The VAST majority of those voting absentee could easily get to a polling location, but choose to not go there as voting absentee is so easy.
Easy has become a theme among Americans, and not just for voting. I think it's a mistake to want to make everything so easy even a complete idiot can do it. After a generation (or more) of trying to make the act of voting, and of registering to vote, so easy that even a twit can accomplish the task we have seen the number of people who vote go....wait for it....well, sideways. All the promises of more voters casting ballots if we just made it easy--because, you see, it is so hard today what with mass transit and high speed personal vehicles to vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November compared to walking or riding a horse for miles many years ago--were and are proved untrue. It's just too tough for us, it turns out, to eek out the miniscule amount of energy it would take to get up off the chair for 30 minutes to get to a precinct in order to cast our ballot.
We really need to stop working with liberals and leftists to make things so easy. It's ruining what little confidence in our election processes still exists. Voting ID is a good place to start. The left claims that there is so little voter fraud that the issue just doesn't add up to much, if anything, for Americans to worry their lazy heads over. But there is a problem with this thinking...See, if there is SOME fraud now, and we are not looking for it as we have no systems to easily catch it, then there must be MORE fraud that we would find if only we had systems in place to look for it. It makes no sense at all to think that if we looked for it more we'd find less than we do now, or even the same amount.
So sane people with a bit of logical ability already know the system has flaws in it which allow for voter fraud. But just how much? No one knows. And this erodes confidence in the system itself. Is that erosion a good thing, a bad thing, or a nothing? I say it's a bad thing. I don't want Americans to have greater confidence in their government as this is lunacy beyond belief, but I do want Americans to have faith that their voting systems are as capable as possible so that regardless of an election outcome, win or lose, the commonly held belief is that the outcome is FAIR.
The way I see it the left opposes voter ID laws for one of two reasons. First, either the left WANTS less confidence in the system. This does lend itself to other leftist goals, like getting more people to trade more of their liberty for some measure of governmental security. Second, the lack of an easy system to reduce voter fraud results in the exact opposite consequence, a system where voter fraud can more easily occur. Why want the ability to more easily cheat unless you actually plan to do more cheating?
Make voter ID laws simple too. If someone can't afford an ID--and, really, who are these people?--then provide one free of charge. Anyone who fails to present their ID gets to fill out a provisional ballot, one which isn't counted unless a race is close enough that it could be changed, and then counted only if the person who submitted it can be verified.
Simple. And it leads to more confidence in the process itself. Too bad the left opposes simplicity and confidence as these are basic American values. Why anyone, ever, would vote for such people is another matter.