Two Views on Voter ID Laws

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More than a dozen states have passed new laws that civil rights advocates say will discourage minority turnout at the polls in next year's elections. The laws range from laws requiring voters to present a photo ID before casting their ballot, to restrictions on early voting and new rules that make it harder for former felons to vote. A study by NYU's Brennan Center for Justice estimates the law will impact more than five million voters and could well alter the turnout of a close election.

Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and the manager of their Civil Justice Reform Initiative. He's also a former member of the Federal Election Commission. He favors voter ID laws.

Michael Waldman, the executive director of New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, discusses why he believes the laws are discriminatory.


Michael Waldman and Hans von Spakovsky

Comments [2]

If one state both allows concealed weapons permits as personal ID but not student ID then there's definitely a problem with that state's voter ID law. Aside from students who carry concealed weapons, the law clearly makes a distinction between two different types of people. It's excluding one group over the other. In this case, it's mainly excluding our youth from participating in our elections.

I deliberately used this sole example as that seems to be the method lawmakers use to create these voting restrictions.

Dec. 14 2011 09:43 AM

A prediction for the future regarding media analysis of the election next year.
If Obama wins the vote will be deemed perfectly fair and voter complaints will be considered boorish.
If Obama loses it will be because of possible voter suppression and voter complaints will be considered justified.

Progressives tend to be very bad losers and very bad winners.

Dec. 14 2011 09:29 AM

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