The GOP's Voter ID gambit

Among the other states taking up the issue are Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas and Ohio. In all four of those states, Republicans advanced their Voter ID bills last week. Those states look to join the eight states that require photo ID and the 19 that require some form of ID, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Tova Wang, a senior fellow at the public policy group Demos and opponent of the Voter ID laws, said the new efforts often go further than even the most stringent of the current laws. And she said the GOP efforts in upwards of a dozen states stand a good chance at passing.

“I don’t think we’ve seen an attack like this on voter’s rights in many years,” Wang said.