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The vast majority of those who support photo-identification laws do so to ensure that the rights of all voters are protected. The right to vote is the most sacred of exercises in a democracy. The existence of fraud — or the threat of potential fraud — should be guarded against with diligence and serious protections.

In America, the power of democracy and the ballot box has changed the course of our nation’s history time and time again. With the exception of the Civil War, there has been no more powerful tool in altering the course of America’s society, culture, politics and the nation’s future than the ballot box.

It’s because of this solemn, sacred and awesome power that we should take all reasonable measures, including requiring a valid photo identification at the ballot box, to protect this crucial instrument of American democracy.

Norm Coleman is a former Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota.