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State Legislature Steps into Voter ID Firestorm

As a number of states throughout the country face allegations of trying to keep people from voting, California Senate approves resolution condemning what Democrats call voter suppression.

Some call it “caging.” Others label it “voter suppression.” The ACLU says 30 states since 2008 have introduced laws making it harder to cast a ballot.

“In fact, while documented instances of voter fraud are almost nonexistent—nationally, the Department of Justice found just 26 cases over a three-year period—up to 5 million potential voters may be kept from the ballot box by these laws,” the ACLU said in a recent newsletter.

Now Sacramento has weighed in. The state Senate last week approved Senate Joint Resolution 29, calling for a federal investigation into voter-ID laws and similar Republican-led efforts. Does voter suppression exist? 

John August 21, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Check the facts - 33 states have voter ID laws. Only 3 have been enacted in 2012. The strictest laws in the strictest states call for providing voters who show up with no photo ID to get a provisional ballot which can then be validated if the voter later produces any one of a long list of approved photo ID's, including a driver's license, military ID, credit card with photo, passport, college ID, voter ID card, etc. Most states' laws have been in force for some time, meaning elections have already been held after their laws were enacted, so voters have had a lot of notice. The idea that this is a GOP plot to suppress votes does not hold up in the light of actual facts, which can be verified at the website for the National Council of State Legislatures, a non-partisan group whose site lists the voter ID requirements of the 33 referenced states in excruciating detail. By the way, I am not a Republican, but I am sick of hearing partisans from both parties using scare tactics to rile up their bases, rather than having an informed debate about the major issues of the day.
hab3 August 21, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) at the Republican State Committee meeting: “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania - done,” http://www.politicspa.com/turzai-voter-id-law-means-romney-can-win-pa/37153/

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