The Daily Scoop: Behind the brewing voter ID war


Every election cycle, voter ID laws cause controversy. But the 2010 Republican wave in state government and aggressive pushback from the Justice Department have combined to create a clash that could end at the Supreme Court.

The fight over voter ID is almost entirely along party lines.

Republicans argue that voter ID is a necessary protection against voter fraud while Democrats counter that fraud is used as an excuse to suppress turnout among elderly, poor and minority voters who may have more difficulty obtaining proper ID. (Evidence of widespread fraud is scant.)

Here’s an update on where it stands, across the country.
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6 Comments to “The Daily Scoop: Behind the brewing voter ID war”

  1. Has anyone seen any evidence of widespread voter fraud in other elections? No? Didn’t think so. As Rev. Al has said the documented voter fraud is about .002% so why are we wasting our time on this.

  2. The whole operation is to reduce voter turnout amongst minorities, college students, and elderly poor. These are groups which typically vote Democrat in elections. Since the GOP knows they cannot win over 40 percent of the voters, the remaining 20 percent is vital, but turning against them. In order to continue their power structure, they are moving to suppress the number of eligible voters. If fewer Democrats are able to register to vote, then turnout on election day will be lower, thus it becomes easier for the Republicans to control their 40 percent and focus on 5 to 10 percent of the remaining population, as the majority of Dems won’t be able to vote.

    Additionally, the full scope of voter fraud cases shows that of that 0.002 percent, a large majority were clerical error. The largest party affiliated fraud came from the GOP. Maryland saw voter fraud taking place in the 2010 Gubernatorial race between Bob Ehrlich and Martin O’Malley. Ehrlich’s team initiated robocalls early in the afternoon before polls closed, claiming that O’Malley had won the election and there was no reason for people to go vote. The calls were targeted only to registered Democrats. The campaign manager who decided to run this program faced federal charges. Ehrlich was not charged with any wrong-doing.

  3. I’m a bit perplexed on this one gang, and please note this is coming from a liberal minded twenty something.

    Why is this such a bad thing? Perhaps I’m missing something. Isn’t a prerequisite of voting american citizenship? Isn’t this in the constitution? Then shouldn’t there be some sort of validation of citizenship? How else can this be done without a picture id? Why are picture ids hard to get for American citizens?

    Since being of voting age, I have always had a picture ID. It’s how I have a bank account, get onto airplanes and prove who I am before the eyes of the law. Why then, is that we should not take the same care when ensuring that the people casting their votes for those among us to lead? We need to ensure that the people casting votes for our future have at least some minimal stake in the condition of our country. I say this bare minimum is their citizenship. Is this not logical?

  4. As proponents site fake registrations as Mickey Mouse by ACORN, where is the evidence of Mickey Mouse voting?

  5. BM Wells> You’re right, on the surface it is perplexing. We all tend to have some form of ID so what’s the big deal, right? Why is this such an issue?

    I’d say it speaks to a disconnect with the realities of other demographic groups. I personally, don’t know why someone would not have a form of ID but according to various studies this is not the case with many in more disadvantaged groups. http://www.brennancenter.org/page/-/d/download_file_39242.pdf

    This tends to impact poorer classes, minorities and college students. Plus, it is worth noting, like Annabel commented earlier, there is virtually NO voting fraud taking place in this country. And the majority of those instances are actually a result of clerical errors So why are the Republican-led state legislatures pushing to “solve” a problem that doesn’t exist? It is simply a way to keep those groups who tend to vote Democrat from voting.

    In many traditionally Republican states like Arizona, Nevada and Texas we’ve seen population increases among minorities (primarily Hispanics). The GOP in those states are worried that those groups will swing the vote away from them.

    Also in places like Salt Lake City GOP legislatures are carving up liberal centers like SLC into triangle-shaped “pie wedges” which include small portions of the city at the tip and wide swaths of rural (more republican areas) at the wider end of the “pie slice”. This reduces the “influence” of liberal areas in the statewide vote.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/us/politics/mayors-concerned-as-redistricting-carves-up-urban-areas.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto

    These are all efforts to reduce the Democratic vote. They are worried that they are unable to win elections on their merits so they are resorting to other tactics. This time around it is the GOP doing this but in the past there have been instances of Democratic gerrymandering as well. Both parties try to find advantages where they can find it but this time, with these voter ID laws, it’s a blatant attempt to curtail Democratic vote so the Right can retain or gain power.

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