Assessing the New Voter ID Laws

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Here’s a roundup of recent articles that assess the impact of voter ID laws in a variety of ways. The Moyers & Company researchers recommend these news articles to those of you wishing to delve more deeply into the voter ID story.

Sen. Bill Stephens, R-Canton, looks at a sample of a proposed new secure Voter ID. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

Sen. Bill Stephens, R-Canton, looks at a sample of a proposed new secure Voter ID. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

Everything You’ve Ever 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.” Suevon Lee, ProPublica

Legal Battles Erupt Over Tough Voter ID Laws
“A former hotel housekeeper, Ms. Applewhite, who never had a driver’s license, was suddenly without a Social Security card. Adopted and twice married, she had several name changes over the years, so obtaining new documents was complicated. As a result, with Pennsylvania now requiring a state-approved form of photo identification to vote, Ms. Applewhite, a supporter of President Obama, may be forced to sit out November’s election for the first time in decades.” Ethan Bronner, The New York Times

Taking a Freedom Ride Against Pennsylvania’s Voter ID
“I met up with forty people at Germantown’s Johnson House—a stop on the Underground Railroad that now runs youth programming on histories of protest—for a ‘Freedom Ride’ to Harrisburg. We shared stories, watched videos, belted out gospel songs and took a rest along our two-hour bus trip before spending the day at the capital, denouncing the voter ID law.” James Cersonsky, The Nation

Voter ID Laws Could Swing States
“Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, all viewed as important states this fall, each have enacted stricter ID laws. Florida and Ohio have cut back on early voting. And a whole host of other states have passed new ID laws as well.” Emily Schultheis, Politico

Reporters Know What the ‘Voter ID’ Push Is Really About.
Why Don’t They Just Say So?

“For reporters to treat this issue like just another political squabble is journalistic malpractice. Indeed, relating the debate in value-neutral he-said-she-said language is actively helping spread the lie. After all, calling for someone to show ID before voting doesn’t sound pernicious to most people, even though it is. And raising the bogus issue of voter fraud at all stokes fear. “Even if you say there is no fraud, all people hear is ‘fraud fraud fraud’,” said Lawrence Norden, a lawyer at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.” Dan Froomkin, The Huffington Post

New Voting Laws Could Shift Election Outcome

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  • Peter Gatliff

    Funny the media cannot connect the dots on this one. The Tea Party funded by the same familys that funded the Jon Birch Society and the same familys that funded the Jon Birch Society funded the “Business Plot”. The attempted over throw of the US Government because the familys funding the above thought FDR was turning the country into communism due to laws protecting labor, new banking regulation, the SEC formed, SSI est. Unemployment insurance est. Funny all info can be found in the Library of Congress. “The Dickstein-McCormick House Committee On UnAmerican Affairs” or Google the “Business Plot’. .

  • Mike

    I’ve asked this elsewhere, and here as well, because it doesn’t seem to get addressed in anything I’ve seen (or please point me to where it does):

    Has voter fraud EVER influenced the outcome of an election?
    Which has had a greater impact on election outcome – voter fraud or voter id laws?
    The 50 instances in Texas, the 86 convicted instances of the 120, did they significantly influence election outcome – proportionately to the extent to which voter id laws are being proposed or not?

    Is it a legitimate concern or a concern born of a disproportionate level of (manufactured) fear?
    One thing that has been said consistently of our fears is that they are often largely over-rated and largely unrealized which doesn’t mean fear is any less of an effective motivator.

    Someone please make the case that this is a realistic fear requiring the steps being taken and not just a means to an end unfounded in fact or reality.

  • Mike

    “The 50 instances in Texas, the 86 of the 120 nationwide” from ProPublica’s reporting above.

  • Marge Edwards

    Your post is unreadable.