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Joy Dallam of Atlanta, Georgia has not had a driver's license since 1998. Photo credit: Kate Walker / WhoWhatWhy

It is a divisive issue, but some are finding it impossible to get ID from the government — which means their voting rights are being denied.

Of all the polarizing aspects of the debate over election laws, the need for ID to vote is one of the most divisive.

On one side are people who have real trouble with the idea that Americans can’t simply go to the DMV and pick up a license.

On the other side are people like Joy, a sex trafficking victim for whom getting ID isn’t as easy as some on Twitter might think it is.

Watch our video to find out why she — like thousands of others around the country — have had a hard time getting ID.

Video produced by Kate Walker.

Related: Obtaining Voter ID — Piece of Cake or Disenfranchising Obstacle?


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