Newly empowered GOP pushes voter ID
April 15, 2011 | Stateline | John Gramlich
Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina are other states where the GOP won new legislative or gubernatorial seats and where photo ID plans soon could become law. So are classic battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where such efforts would have been long shots at best until the Republicans’ dramatic electoral successes last year.
“The elections in November made a huge difference on this issue,” says Tova Wang, senior fellow at Demos, a New York-based advocacy organization that works to defeat photo ID proposals. “From a geographic perspective, it’s unlike anything we’ve seen in years…It’s moving quickly and seriously in so many places.”