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The truth about voter ID laws

Laws requiring photo identification for voting are one of the most contentious areas of disagreement between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans argue that they are essential to protect the integrity of elections by preventing ballot fraud. Democrats say they are a cynical effort to suppress...

Will the Supreme Court Re-Visit Voting Rights Before the 2016 Elections?

A petition filed by voting rights advocates urges the Roberts Court to settle whether restrictive voter ID laws violate the Voting Rights Act prior to the 2016 presidential election. Image: Shutterstock The post Will the Supreme Court Re-Visit Voting Rights Before the 2016 Elections? appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Overnight Open Thread (1-11-2015)

Quote of the Day Many progressives say that the 34 states that have passed laws requiring voters to have a government-issued photo ID are practicing "vote suppression." Does requiring a photo ID at airports constitute "travel suppression"? Visitors to the...

2014's Voting Changes Are Reason for 2015 Reform

Historically low turnout. Last minute changes to voter ID laws. Reductions to early voting just before voters should have been able to cast a ballot. 2014 was a watershed year for restrictive voting laws and court battles that caused confusion for voters and certainly did not drive them to vote. Show More Summary

Voter ID Not Working, So Republicans Looking To Rig Electoral College

Voter suppression via voter ID laws aren’t providing Republicans with enough votes, especially since many states have seen them overturned. So, the next line of attack appears to be the electoral college. Paul Rosenberg at Salon: Voter suppression seemed promising at first—and it’s helpful in many downticket races—but it’s not going to be enough to [...]

Hey eBay: With Republicans about to take over Congress, it’s more important than ever to leave ALEC

2 months agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Calling gay people a “health risk.” Pushing climate change denial in schools. Supporting controversial Voter ID laws. Doubling down on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. These are among the uglier stances taken by the American Legislative Executive Council or ALEC. Show More Summary

Even NYT Notes That Voter ID Laws DO NOT ‘Suppress’ Minority Voters

The left is all balled up in knots over the false claim that voter ID laws are meant specifically to “suppress” the vote of minorities and to swing elections to the GOP. This is a lie. And even The New York Times essentially agrees that this is a lie. Show More Summary

Sorry, Republicans, Voter ID Laws Don’t Help

Voter ID laws don’t swing elections, except in rare, very-close races, reports Nate Cohn. …the so-called margin of disenfranchisement — the number of registered voters who do not appear to have photo identification — grossly overstates the potential electoral consequences of these laws. These figures overstate the number of voters who truly lack identification. Those [...]

Voter ID Laws: Terrible Public Policy, But Probably Pretty Feeble

Republican-led voter-ID laws may be pernicious, but Nate Cohn says there are three reasons to think their actual electoral impact is overstated: To begin with, the true number of registered voters without photo identification is usually much lower than the statistics on registered voters without identification suggest. Show More Summary

Texas ID Law Keeps Hundreds of Ballots From Being Counted

Provisional ballots cast by nearly 500 voters in Texas on Nov. 4 never became official -- part of the fallout from the state’s tough voter ID law

Nevada Republicans Are Already Pushing A Voter ID Law After Gaining Control Of The State Capital

Less than two weeks after they won a majority in the state legislature, Republican lawmakers are already writing bills that would require photo identification to vote. The post Nevada Republicans Are Already Pushing A Voter ID Law After Gaining Control Of The State Capital appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Voter ID Laws Supress Voters

A majority of those who voted in the poll last week foolishly think voter ID laws are about preventing fraud. The real motivation is to keep those who typically vote Democratic from voting: A disabled woman in Travis County was turned away from voting because she couldn’t afford to pay...

Figures. Obama’s AG Pick: Voter ID Is Racist & Must Be Stopped (Video)

Barack Obama’s Attorney General pick is just as racist as his previous pick. Loretta Lynch told a crowd last year that voter ID laws are racist and must be stopped. “50 years after the march on Washington, 50 years after … Continue reading ?

Millennials aren’t apathetic: Their vote is suppressed

Voter ID laws target students and the young -- it's an active campaign to keep twentysomethings from the polls

Photo ID Laws Led To Voter Suppression

Photo ID laws resulted in six million fewer people voting this year, most of them poor or people of color, according to political scientist Michael P. McDonald. (h/t RightWingWatch) Just look at seven key Senate races and one gubernatorial race (Florida, where Rick Scott tightened felon re-enfranchisement laws in one of his first acts as [...]

Jaeger On Voting Problems: We Followed The Law

This morning I guest hosted for Mike Kapel on WDAY AM970 and talked about the ID issues some voters had on Tuesday. I spoke with Kyle Thiel, a Bismarck resident who sent on a wild goose chase back to Dickinson where he lived previously in an effort to vote that was ultimately in vain. Thiel...

Provisional Ballots More Than Double In Texas Since Last Midterm Election

The voter ID law was just the beginning of the problems. The post Provisional Ballots More Than Double In Texas Since Last Midterm Election appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Voting monitors report complaints in states with new voter ID laws

3 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Poll monitors and voting rights groups reported thousands of questions and complaints during the early hours of voting in the first major national election since the Supreme Court overturned key aspects of the Voting Rights Act.

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