Voter ID

Even beyond voter ID, the rightwing plans on exercising extralegal, but not necessarily illegal, measures to suppress the vote in 2012. Bullies at the Ballot Box, a new report released jointly by Demos and Common Cause, surveys the state of the laws of ten states: Colorado, Florida, Missouri,...
09/12/2012
Blog
The onslaught against voter rights is in full swing throughout the country. State after state has introduced or passed prohibitive laws that manipulate election results by limiting participation of those most likely to vote for the opposition. How can this be? And what can be done about it? You are...
09/12/2012
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Requiring voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls is a poll tax. In direct and indirect ways, voter identification laws impose financial and logistical burdens on some communities in particular, and are meant to deter those communities from voting. At the turn of the...
09/04/2012
Blog
Last month, in Pennsylvania, a state judge allowed Pennsylvania’s strict voter identification law even though the state has stipulated that “there have been no investigations or prosecutions of in-person voter fraud in Pennsylvania; and the parties do not have direct personal...
08/30/2012
Blog
Recall your last voting experience: chances are you were packed into a school cafeteria, shuttled along to a table where someone checked your name off a long list of registered voters, and you cast your ballot before rushing to work. Until this Monday, in Ohio, if among the chaos of voting at...
08/29/2012
News/Resource
NEW YORK –Voter suppression tactics have been wielded by virtually every American political party since the mid-nineteenth century to manipulate election results by limiting participation of those most likely to vote for the opposition. A new Century Foundation book, The Politics of Voter...
08/23/2012
Press Release
The Politics of Voter Suppression arrives in time to assess actual practices at the polls this fall and to reengage with debates about voter suppression tactics such as requiring specific forms of identification. Tova Andrea Wang examines the history of how U.S. election reforms have been...
08/18/2012
Publication
Pennsylvania state court judge Robert Simpson refused to issue a preliminary injunction against the state’s controversial voter ID legislation today, despite allegations that the law was discriminatory and passed for partisan gain. Unless reversed on appeal, this ruling means that...
08/15/2012
Blog
For all the talk about the need for voter-identification laws, you’d think millions of Americans were impersonating dead people to get their candidates elected, or casting multiple ballots after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not even close. Voter fraud—the foundational premise for...
07/19/2012
News/Resource
A wave of recently-enacted voter ID laws in the U.S. has raised the ire of Democrats, who fear that requiring voters to present photo identification will disenfranchise minorities, students and seniors. This week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Washington is hearing arguments on...
07/12/2012
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