Need photo ID in New York to vote on anything that has a ballot. They ask for it to confirm you are who you are and that you live in the address they have registered on the sheet. You can get a state ID card that is not a driver's license. Price is anywhere from $8 to $19 depending on how long you want the ID active for. I don't see the big deal about verifying who you are at election time and having to show ID.
Price of a photo id probably isn't a problem though some might have do with out a few
meals to get one. The big problem is some states are using these id laws to limit voting by
the disabled, poor and elderly.. Make it difficult or time consuming to get one. Perhaps travel
many miles due to the state only haveing a few places to get one.
Here in Missouri it's $11 for one at the same place people renew their auto licenses. I found
it odd that they had to send the information and a digital photo to the state capital. Then
wait for it to be mailed back to you. About 20 years ago they made it right on the spot for
$10 . Makes me wonder why they changed it, and made it more expensive to process at
the same time. Perhaps it's the cost of the machine that puts a plastic cover on the card.
Would only need one at the capital instead of one for each photo site.
Wlith digital printing these days a person should be able to get online to register send a
photo file with it. Then the county could send you the voter id card with your picture
printed on it. Or go to a physical site to register where they could print a card on the
spot. It should cost virtually nothing since the person doing the job is paid, busy or not.
The voter id card could have the picture printed on it when you get one.