The Debate Over Voting ID Laws

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

As the 2012 presidential election looms closer on the horizon, a debate over possible voting rights and voter fraud is heating up. Fifteen Democratic Senators, lead by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, issued a joint statement to Attorney General Eric Holder questioning the legality of the voting identification laws in place in 29 states. The senators argue that these laws — which require voters to present photo identification when they head to the poll — unfairly disenfranchise African-American, Latino and poor voters. But is that really the case?


For a hard look at voter data we speak with Dr. Robert Pastor, professor of international relations at American University and director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management.




Dr Robert Pastor

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]


I have to say I can't agree with the premise that photo ID is needed. We shouldn't be making it harder for people to vote. On the contrary, we should be making it easier by allowing people to register to vote online (at sites like, for example,, to name one) It would cost less money and we would be allowing people to register to vote easily. People deserve the right to vote, and we need to hear their votes. And that is just not happening when we make it harder and harder for people to register and vote.

Jul. 05 2011 06:01 PM
al roussseau from MA

YES ID required for voting
National ID favored if it can be done at a reasonable cost

Jul. 05 2011 07:02 AM

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