Republicans have proposed bills in the House of Delegates and the state Senate that would require West Virginians to present photo identification when voting.
The Associated Press reported that the bills "would mandate a photo ID while helping voters who don't have such identification to obtain one."
Good heavens. Who could object to that?
West Virginia Democrats, apparently.
On Monday, The Associated Press reported that "West Virginia's elections chief is enlisting allies to fight legislation that would require voters to show photo identification.
"Secretary of State Natalie Tennant unveiled the Voting Rights Protection Coalition on Monday at her Capitol office . . . . Tennant and other coalition members warned that these proposals would lead to delays at the polls and prevent legitimate voters from casting their ballots."
The allies: The League of Women Voters, the AARP, the AFL-CIO and several other labor groups.
Why? What are they afraid of?
People who receive Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits already are required to have government-issued photo identification.
The Democratic Party required its own members to present government-issued photo IDs at the Democratic National Convention last year.