Claim: Ronald Reagan would have been unable to vote under current voter ID laws until 1991.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, July 2012]
There is a post going around Facebook stating that Ronald Reagan was not issued an official Birth Certificate until 1991. Given the current flap over voter I.D. laws, this is quite an interesting fact if it is true.
Origins: Debate over the enaction of voter ID laws in the United States has been a prominent political issue over the last several years. Proponents of such laws maintain that enhanced regulations requiring voters to display current and valid (photo) identification prior to casting ballots are necessary to prevent widespread voter fraud and ensure the integrity of the election process. Opponents maintain that actual instances of voter fraud are rare and that such laws only serve to disenfranchise many legitimate voters who, although eligible to vote, have difficulty meeting the enhanced ID requirements. (Currently, thirty states require prospective voters to produce some form of photo or
One of the arguments mustered by opponents of voter ID laws is the fact that prior to World
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at home rather than in hospitals. Under those circumstances, the process of recording a birth and obtaining state certification of it was often delayed (rather than occurring within a day or two of the event, as it typically is now), and in many cases no paperwork was ever filed at all, particularly in states that had not yet enacted requirements for mandatory registration of birth certificates. Thus, quite a few people born in the
One example of this argument being proffered on the Internet in July 2012 was that Ronald Reagan, the
This man would be unable to vote under the voter ID Laws.
Like many people, especially older African Americans in the South, Ronald Reagan was born at home and never received a birth certificate.
In most states today it is required to show a Birth certificate in order to recieve [sic] an ID from the DMV. Ronald Reagan did not have one until 1991.
The problem with this specific example is that the
It may therefore be true that (as with many people born in the same era) an official state birth certificate for Ronald Reagan wasn't issued until long after his birth, but it's not true that the document wasn't created until
Last updated: 1 August 2012