voter identification

Protecting the freedom to vote for all eligible Americans is of fundamental importance in a democracy founded upon the consent of the governed. One of the most serious threats to the protection of that essential right is the increase in organized efforts, led by groups such as the Tea Party...
09/09/2012
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Some 29% of eligible voters aren’t registered; many of those who are, particularly the poor, minorities, and students, have their votes “suppressed” through challenges before, and on, election day. Tova Andrea Wang, senior democracy fellow at Demos and fellow at the Century Foundation, notes that...
06/15/2012
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The ability to cast a ballot that will be counted is a fundamental freedom that protects the other essential rights that Americans hold dear. The freedom to vote is how Americans, regardless of privilege or economic status, maintain the power to hold their elected representatives accountable for...
05/17/2012
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Before 2011 only two states, Georgia and Indiana, had laws requiring voters to produce government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot. Seemingly overnight we have seen the rise of disenfranchising voter ID legislation masked as an attempt to prevent voter impersonation fraud. Eight...
04/30/2012
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A democracy hinges on fair elections, which is why voter fraud could pose a serious threat to the American political system. But election law expert Tova Wang says instances of polling place fraud are extremely rare. Wang, a fellow at progressive think tanks Demos and the Century Foundation, is the...
04/25/2012
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Democracy works best when all eligible persons are able to participate and make their voices heard. This ideal is under attack because of restrictive photo identification laws passed recently in many states that will prevent hundreds of thousands of eligible persons from participating in elections...
04/16/2012
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My brother, Andrew Goodman, was murdered by the Neshoba County Ku Klux Klan during Freedom Summer 1964 because he wanted to vote and figured all other Americans wanted that right, too. Along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, Andy died defending democracy against the Jim Crow practices that...
03/25/2012
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Tova Andrea Wang, Senior Democracy Fellow at Demos, and Ben Adler, writer at The Nation, talk to Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about recently enacted laws in numerous states around the country that require voters to present identification at election polls. These new voter ID laws have generated...
03/25/2012
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Republican Governor Tom Corbett promises to sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk. From the Associated Press: Pennsylvania's House of Representatives has approved a measure to establish 1 of the nation's toughest photo identification laws for voters less than eight months before the...
03/14/2012
Blog
Heather C. McGhee, Director of Demos' Washington office, spoke with Keith Olberman on "Countdown" about the battle over voter ID laws in states across America. McGhee warned that although voting rightxs advocates can be proud of accomplishments in states like Texas, there is still much work to be...
03/14/2012
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