Voter ID Laws


Wed February 1, 2012
Election 2012

Why Millions of Americans Have No Government ID

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 9:42 am



Now, we'd like to focus on another political battle that could influence the general elections in November. Voter ID laws. Thirty-one states have either introduced or tightened voter requirements in recent months. Fifteen of those states have made it mandatory to show government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot. So what's the big deal, you say?

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Thu January 12, 2012

Political Battle Brewing Over New Voter ID Laws

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 7:58 pm

Verdell Winder of Washington holds up his driver's license showing his "I Voted" sticker after voting on Election Day on Nov. 4, 2008.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

As the presidential campaign kicks into high gear, a fight is brewing over stricter voting laws that could affect turnout and influence general election results in battleground states.

New laws in several states will require millions of voters to show photo identification when they cast ballots this year, the result of a nationwide push mostly by Republicans who claim the measures will prevent election fraud. Democrats and voting rights activists oppose the laws, arguing that they are unnecessary because voter fraud is rare.

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Wed November 2, 2011

In Voter ID Debate, A Few Go Against Party Lines

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 4:42 pm

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama is in favor of voter ID laws. He says that over the years there have been numerous allegations of absentee voter fraud — and even a handful of convictions — in Alabama.
Dave Martin AP

The debate over requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls has been a heated one. Democrats accuse Republicans, who support such laws, of wanting to suppress the votes of minorities, the elderly and the poor. Republicans accuse Democrats, who oppose ID rules, of condoning voter fraud.

It's a sharp partisan divide. But a few people have gone against the tide — and they're getting some political heat for doing so.

A Democrat Criticized For Fraud Concerns

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Mon July 18, 2011

The Politics Behind New Voter ID Laws

A voter casts a ballot in a Democratic primary on July 12, 2011 in Wisconsin, one of seven states to enact voter ID laws this year.

Voters going to the polls next year — and even some this year — will encounter lots of new rules. Photo ID requirements and fewer options for early voting are among the biggest changes.

They're part of a wave of new laws enacted by Republican-controlled legislatures this year. Supporters say the rules are needed to ensure honest elections.

But Democrats say it's part of a concerted GOP campaign to suppress the vote. They say minorities, students, the poor and disabled — those most likely to vote Democratic — will be hurt the most.

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Tue February 22, 2011

Voter ID Bill Passes in State House

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A voter would no longer be able to present a utility bill, bank statement, birth certificate or naturalization papers as identification to vote at the polls under House Bill 1003.

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