Mike Moyle's bill to require voter ID has passed the House and is headed for the Senate. I suspect it will probably become law. This statement in Betsy Russell's report is telling:
Moyle said there’s no way to know if fraudulent voting is going onOr, put another way, he doesn't know that fraudulent voting is occurring. We have a bill being passed despite there being no demonstrable need for it. Still, I guess it will serve some purpose. Per Dell Raybould:
I’m in favor of this bill if it does nothing else than put a halt to a lot of these rumors about fraudulent voting.Yes! A bill to end rumors. Great use of legislative time. Actually, as noted by Mountain Goat, Sisyphus and others in the comments to Russell's story, the bill is intended to suppress minority voting, probably among the Hispanic community in Idaho. Voter fraud is a favorite topic of Rush, O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck and their ilk, and our deep-thinking and careful legislators are happy to pick up that baton and run with it. Again, admittedly without a demonstrable need.
And the inconsistency? Idaho legislators are famously for local control, except only down to the state level. Below that, local control, very bad. See, if counties are experiencing attempts at fraudulent voting, they already have the tools to discover that and expose it. If counties saw a need, they'd be asking for the bill, or otherwise taking steps to prevent fraud. Moyle's bill imposes some of that hated gumment regulation on folks. For no known reason (that he'll admit to). And it imposes the requirement on local government and voters.