Photo ID is clearly a security issue. There is a simple way to assure that no voter is disenfranchised on Election Day because they forgot their ID. That method is to allow them to take a "provincial ballot" which permits them to prove their identity through an alternate source or within a week of the election.
Illinois is not seriously considering Photo ID for Election Day voting. Currently ID is required to vote early, but not on Election Day. This could change after the November elections, but until then, we can increase security by citizen action on Election Day. Pollwatchers….
Of the 2 million military voters, only 4.6% cast an absentee ballot in 2010. Compared to the roughly 49% of the general population who vote, this is a shocking statistic. Under the Obama Administration, this rate fell from 5.5% in 2006 to 4.6% in 2010. This is despite the MOVE Act, which is designed to promote the registration of the military professionals on active duty.
Press Release: October 26th 2011
How difficult is it for the dead to vote in Illinois? Defend the Vote tested this question in an April 5th audit of Chicago elections. Results were complied into a report. This report, Vulnerability Assessment and Security Audit of Election Day Polling Place Procedures for the April 5, 2011 Municipal Elections in Chicago, Illinois, by Sharon Meroni, was peer-reviewed and published by the prestigious Journal of Physical Security. The Journal of Physical Security is published by Argonne National Laboratory’s Vulnerability Assessment Team.