Got Voter ID?
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 additional states have passed restrictive photo identification laws, presenting voters in Alabama, Kansas, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Mississippi (by ballot initiative) with new challenges and barriers in order to vote. The reality, however, is that these laws are a costly solution in search of a problem that does not exist.
- Creating a diverse, engaged coalition of local organizations to support a voter outreach program;
- Identifying and reaching eligible voters who do not have the necessary ID;
- Addressing voters’ hurdles to obtaining required ID, such as transportation to DMV offices or the costs of obtaining the necessary underlying documentation like a birth certificate;
- Advocating for legislation to make obtaining the required IDs simpler and easier, including no-cost birth certificates and extended DMV hours.