ID for Arlington Cemetery…But Not to Vote?

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Monday, July 12, 2021


On Memorial Day weekend, a group of friends and I visited a popular destination to commemorate the brave men and women who have fought for our country: Arlington National Cemetery. 

We all got off the Metro and began to walk towards the main entrance. At first, we were stopped because President Biden had just finished honoring the fallen. But after the Secret Service was done patrolling the area and the motorcade had passed, we were alerted by a few security officers that in order to enter Arlington National Cemetery, you must have a valid, government-issued, photo ID. 

If IDs were not so prevalent a topic of conversation in today’s political climate, this probably wouldn’t have bothered me. But after the contentious and polarizing 2020 election, this topic has become a point of issue for Republican leaders and elected officials across the nation.

So why does a government-run national cemetery require a valid ID to enter, but the polls— the bedrock of our constitutional republic—do not?

This should not be a controversial issue. If voter ID proponents are accused of racism and disenfranchisement, then why aren’t critics of voter ID laws calling on Arlington to suspend this practice? The answer is because Arlington National Cemetery doesn’t fit the Democrats’ political agenda of allowing illegal immigrants and ineligible voters to participate in our elections.

A recent Monmouth University poll shows that 80% of Americans support requiring photo identification in order to vote, yet Democrats have been pushing to make elections more ‘accessible’ with their For the People Act. Even former Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is currently running to retake the governor’s mansion in Virginia, tweetedCall me crazy, but I think it should be easier to vote than it should be to buy a gun.” Last I checked, you need a photo ID to buy a gun, Terry.

Democrats claim that voter ID laws suppress turnout and minority votes, therefore, making those laws racist. The notion that minority voters are unable to obtain a photo ID because of their minority status is not only ridiculous but offensive. The controversy doesn’t end there. The For the People Act would have federalized all elections, made state laws requiring voter ID illegal, and allowed universal mail-in voting, and we all know how well that went over last time.

Identification must be shown to purchase alcohol, to drive, to fly on a plane, and even to enter Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. The American people have spoken. We want safe, fair, and free elections. We need voter ID laws. 

Meredith Minto is a rising senior at Liberty University who has staffed and worked with several Virginia campaigns. Currently she is the Chairman of the Liberty University College Republicans and was the founding Young Americans for Freedom Chair at Liberty.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Meredith Minto

Meredith Minto is a rising senior at Liberty University who has staffed and worked with several Virginia campaigns. Currently she is the Chairman of the Liberty University College Republicans and was the founding Young Americans for Freedom Chair at Liberty.


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