Daily Scoop Xtra: Everything You Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws

Voter IDs laws have become a political flashpoint in what’s gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws — which 30 states  have now enacted in some form — are needed to combat voter fraud, while critics see them as a tactic to disenfranchise voters.

We’ve taken a step back to look at the facts behind the laws and break down the issues at the heart of the debate.

So what are these laws?

They are measures intended to ensure that a registered voter is who he says he is and not an impersonator trying to cast a ballot in someone else’s name. The laws, most of which have been passed in the last several years, require that registered voters show ID before they’re allowed to vote. Exactly what they need to show varies. Some states require a government-issued photo, while in others a current utility bill or bank statement is sufficient.

As a registered voter, I thought I always had to supply some form of ID during an election.

Not quite. Per federal law, first-time voters who registered by mail must present a photo ID or copy of a current bill or bank statement. Some states generally advise voters bring some form of photo ID. But prior to the 2006 election, no state ever required a voter to produce a government-issued photo ID as a condition to voting. Indiana in 2006 became the first state to enact a strict photo ID law, a law that was upheld two years later by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Why are these voter ID laws so strongly opposed?

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6 Comments to “Daily Scoop Xtra: Everything You Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws”

  1. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Facts & Truth from Mashed Potato Bulletin

  2. Reblogged this on okieprogressive.

  3. Hey Spuds, I think what’s missing in all the chit-chat (hello, Dems??) is what’s most telling about these ID laws – that they go into force immediatly. Ugly stuff.

    I don’t think many people would object if the process were announced and then implemented over a period of years allowing sufficient time for everyone to get the ID. Once we’ve all got one, it’ll be easy ot put a process in place to plug in new voters as they qualify. In fact, I think every citizen should be issued a voter ID card whether they register or not. Just get it done and cut out that silly middle step.. It could be Federal and make it acceptable for all States.

    If it were done that way, I’d be fine with it. But of course that’s not how it’s being done because ID itself is not the point. Suppression is the point.

    • “what’s most telling about these ID laws – that they go into force immediatly. ”

      Excellent point! That is oh so true… if the state GOPers who’ve put these laws through had any desire to make things equitable they would not be so concerned with getting the legislation implemented by election day without consideration for the logistics of that implementation or enforcement.

      “In fact, I think every citizen should be issued a voter ID card whether they register or not.”

      I don’t have any problem with the whole concept of ID to verify you’re legal to vote and perhaps it should be more uniform or some endorsement on someone’s current for of ID.

      But you’re right, it is completely about suppression, NOT ensuring against fraud which rarely happens in the first place. If it was truly against fraud then why was the GOP not all gung-ho about it while GW was in office? Because they were in power and didn’t have a Democratic president to unseat.

      Perhaps we all need to get together and write a letter to the DNC about what message we want to see on their platform, what messages we want them to put out there, what fight we want them to take on. There’s enough of us liberal-leaning wordpress bloggers that if we wrote a combined letter/statement to the DNC they may read it, at least.

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