A wave of restrictive laws passed in Republican-held state legislatures will mean that a disproportionate number of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, the elderly and the young will find voting difficult and in many cases impossible.
Among the legislations is a requisite that aspiring voters present a state-issued photo identification card to cast their ballot. That could affect around 21 millions who do not have the necessary ID.
The apparent reason for the ID requisite is to prevent voter fraud, yet an extensive analysis by the US Justice Department.found that incidents of vote fraud are exceedingly rare and that the new laws would not solve the registration issues.
Some analysts say the restrictions would have a severe impact on the country’s presidential vote set for November in the favor of Republicans.
- Voter ID plan had bipartisan input, not necessarily bipartisan support (thegazette.com)
- Republican Lawyers Group’s Own Study Undercuts Vote Fraud Claims (alternet.org)
- O’Keefe Co-ordinated Voter Fraud In New Hampshire (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Bills seek changes to Tennessee’s voter ID law (knoxnews.com)
- Indiana secretary of state’s voter fraud trial starts (foxnews.com)
- Republican-led Voter Restrictions Are Rigging Democracy (usnews.com)
- Cenk Uygur Blasts New York Times Coverage Of Eric Holder’s Voting Rights Speech (mediaite.com)
- Blocking the Vote: A Look at Who Is Behind Republican Efforts to Erect Voting Barriers in America (jonathanturley.org)
- The Election Scam That Isn’t (ken_ashford.typepad.com)
- Despite A 0.0002 Percent Rate Of Voter Fraud, Reince Priebus Claims Wisconsin Is ‘Riddled With Voter Fraud’ (thinkprogress.org)