In the press release for its new study on so-called voter supression, People for the American Way (sic) uses the term "felon disenfranchisement policies." As a friend of mine puts it, that's so much better than saying "We want violent thugs and rapists to vote."
And of course, PFAW has to whine about "Overly strict voter identification requirements that make it harder for the up to 10 percent of Americans who do not have government-issued photo IDs to cast a vote." Requiring a drivers license to vote is "overly strict"? Next time I try to cash a check at a bank, I'll try that "overly strict" complaint when they ask for ID, just to see how it goes over.
There is one reason and one reason only for not requiring ID to vote: making it easier to cheat.