More States Require IDs to Vote

June 20th, 2011 at 12:36 am | 7 Comments |

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USA Today reports

WASHINGTON — State legislatures across the country have passed a record number of laws this year requiring photo identification to vote, a controversial move pushed by Republicans and opposed by Democrats.

Proponents say the measures prevent vote fraud. Opponents say they are designed to stifle turnout among students, poor people and minorities, who are more likely to vote for Democrats but might lack government-issued IDs, such as driver’s licenses and passports.

Buoyed by big Republican gains in the 2010 elections, six states have enacted photo ID laws since January — Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Bills New Hampshire and North Carolina await gubernatorial action.

The measures, all passed by GOP-controlled legislatures, could bring to 17 the number of states with photo ID requirements and come nearly 18 months before elections for Congress and the White House. Other states, including Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia, have reduced the period for early voting.

In Florida, a key battleground state, the new law signed last month by Republican Gov. Rick Scott also restricts efforts to register new voters by groups such as the League of Women Voters.

“It’s remarkable,” Jennie Bowser, a senior fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures, said of the proliferation of new laws. In all, 33 states have considered new voter ID laws this year. “I very rarely see one single issue come up in so many state legislatures in a single session,” she said. “This issue has historically fallen along stark partisan lines. Democrats tend to oppose voter ID, and Republicans tend to favor it. This year, there are a lot of new Republican majorities in legislatures.”

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7 Comments so far ↓

  • Graychin

    No doubt a reaction to the last presidential election having been stolen by ACORN.

  • Smargalicious

    Fun to observe the Obama voters and the lamestream media against the ID requirements. They try to cry racism, but thank God for Fox News and the alternative truth.

    • TJ Parker

      “alternative truth”

      LOL. Is that a quaint euphemism for “lie”?

      • Smargalicious

        Nope. Fox News is fair and balanced, unlike ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, and CNN.

        Who can forget the days when the liberal scag Walter Cronkite went on his anti-Vietnam War rants and there was absoultely no rebuttal?? For over 45 years we suffered with leftist social engineering of our media.

        Thank God for Fox News.

        • politicalfan

          Smarg-

          Yes, Fox is very fair to the Republican party, be honest. If there is bias to be found anywhere, perhaps MSNBC would be left choice but not as clever as Fox. (Isn’t that a clever name?)

          Do you ever wonder Smarg if that was part of creative design by a very bright intellect? If we are being really honest, the right and left dichotomy (makes a ton of money for the opposing side). That is politics!

  • Graychin

    “Alternative truth?” Is that the same as “truthiness”? :D

    Another child left behind in a miasma of epistemic closure.

  • Houndentenor

    It’s just voter suppression and everyone knows it.

    People who wanted to commit voter fraud are certainly capable of creating fake IDs as well. This only penalizes honest but poor (mostly elderly) people. But who cares about them anyway (sarcasm).

    If people making claims of voter fraud have evidence of that fraud they should turn that information over to law enforcement. If not, then they should should STFU.