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What is so special about voting, that it needs to be doable without ID when so many other routine activities require ID?

Largely, that would be the 24th amendment. It makes a bit more sense if you ask, why is it OK to require a permit and fee to own a gun, but not a low-cost ID for voting? The reason is, the 24th amendment specifically forbids "any poll tax or other tax" for voting.

Now, perhaps that doesn't apply if the ID is completely and totally free of any charge of any sort (whether monetary or otherwise). But it is what is "special about voting".

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