Corvus shuckandjivus insists that what drives the push for voter ID laws are a handful of documented voter fraud cases. I thought such laws were popular because we have a sizable undocumented alien population (and two consecutive administrations with little interest in enforcing immigration laws), and the logical failsafe against keeping noncitizens from the polls seems to be getting the citizens properly documented for voting purposes..What is the alternative solution? By what other means can we safeguard against votes by ineligible voters?. Most people associate voter fraud with machine politics and the sort of skullduggery after the polls are closed. (For example, Chicago’s legendary “First Ward” elections, by which votes are recounted over and over again until the desired results come about.) Voter ID laws aren’t going to take on institutionalized ballot stuffing. That requires improved checks and balances against machine politics.