Illegal aliens and felons are the new demographic who will vote Democrats into office? Wow, I learn something new every day.
Why is this so evenly divided on the party line? Well, it's simple: because Republicans will benefit by this act and Democrats will suffer, of course. It's all about politics - not ethics, fairness, or voter fraud. It's about winning and losing via the elimination of voters without photo ID - 'illegal aliens' and 'felons' are just hot-button words of the Right - so don't fool yourself.
Anyway, if we all want to improve the voting process and increase legitimate participation, let's make it possible to vote online. If I can safely enter my credit card number and buy books from Amazon or transfer funds and pay bills with Bank of America's online banking portal, why can't the federal government offer safe internet voting technology, where Americans set up a PIN, enter their social security number, and move this whole process into modern times? We're already voting electronically onsite. Sure, keep local voting spots for the old typewriter-folks, but - slowly and surely - you would surely watch those dwindle away. Of course, this would mean that more young people would vote, and it would be back to an argument between Dems and Reps, split right down the party line with the Dems touting and the Reps complaining.
It all goes to show that no one really cares about solutions, only winning the next election.