On Friday, just two days after President Trump’s voter commission met for the first time, a Fox News poll revealed that the vast majority of Americans believe that photo identification should be required before anyone is allowed to cast a ballot in U.S. elections. In view of allegations about Russian meddling in the 2016 general election and cyber attacks on voter records, 53 percent of those polled believe that elections should be conducted with paper ballots. Both Democrats (56 percent) and Republicans (54 percent) think that returning to paper ballots would be a good idea.

Significant majorities of Republicans (96 percent), Democrats (60) percent, and Independents (87 percent) favor the requiring of photo ID for voters casting ballots.

During the latest presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly said that he believes millions of illegal ballots were cast in 2016. Many Americans appear to agree: 50 percent share Trump’s concern, while 56 percent are extremely or very concerned about voter suppression -- a complaint commonly heard from Democrats. 

By comparison, 82 percent of those polled are concerned about healthcare and 81 percent are concerned about “the future of the country.” Around 75 percent are worried about the national economy. And 68 percent are concerned about war with North Korea, and 62 percent about Russian meddling. 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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