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Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Colbert Takes On Voter ID Laws

Recently Stephen Colbert took an an issue we’ve covered here before, voter ID. In the words of Colbert’s website:

To safeguard against voter fraud and ensure that only the “right people” get elected, Republicans pass laws requiring voters to show government-issued photo IDs.

To watch my vlog about how long it would take to get a voter ID card in my hometown, click here.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

If Everyone Else Is Doing It…

Voter ID is a controversial topic that we’ve taken on here before. We even shot a vlog (watch the video) to see how long it would take to get a voter ID if you lived in California without a drivers license or car, and it wasn’t easy.

In a new paper for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, Why Tuesday? advisory board member Tova Wang and Frederic Schaffer say that the “everyone else is doing it” argument about voter ID is not quite true.

One of the claims made by advocates of Indiana-like voter identification laws is that other countries require identification to vote, so therefore the United States should too. “If ID cards threaten democracy, why does almost every democracy except us require them, and why are their elections conducted better than ours?” one prominent supporter has asked rhetorically. Senator Mitch McConnell, one of the major champions in Congress of strict voter identification laws, has used the same argument in pushing for such legislation. In the Supreme Court oral argument regarding Indiana’s law, Justice Alito queried, “If [impersonation fraud] is not a problem at all, how do you account for the fact that . . . many other countries around the world have voter ID requirements?”

The “everyone else is doing it” claim is exaggerated. While many countries require identification for voting, some do not. Countries that do not require identification include Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland). In Norway, Ireland, and the Netherlands, voters are required to present identification only if it is requested by a poll worker. In Switzerland, every registered voter is sent a registration card prior to an election, and if the voter brings her registration card to the polling place, no additional identification is needed.

To read their complete research paper in PDF form, download it here. Hat tip to Rick Hasen for bringing my attention to this article.

Related:
Latinos pledge opposition to proposed CA voter ID law

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Here We Go Again…

The New York Times is reporting this morning that the debate over voter ID is moving to Missouri, where lawmakers there may vote to enact proof-of-citizenship requirements at the polls.

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All this just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that an Indiana law requiring photo ID at the polls is constitutional. Watch our report for a recap.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

There’s Value in Voter ID — If It’s Done Properly

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Why Tuesday? Board Member Norman J. Ornstein

One of the most interesting and significant recent Supreme Court decisions concerned the Indiana voter identification law, in which the court by a 6-3 vote upheld the law despite zero evidence of in-person voting fraud in the state. In a major surprise, Justice John Paul Stevens led the opinion, saying the state’s interest in preventing such fraud justifies the Legislature’s action. Stevens did leave the door open to challenges to other states’ laws if they create too much of a burden on many voters.

Indiana’s law was better by far than the awful Georgia law that was overturned by the courts; in Indiana, the state would provide voters with the appropriate government-issue photo ID for free, while Georgia charged a significant fee, the equivalent of a poll tax. But Indiana’s requirements are plenty burdensome.

Elections need to be fair, and fraud is a real concern, especially in an era where the stakes are very high and the parties are close enough that many elections will be decided by razor-thin margins.

If a person cannot present a passport, driver’s license or other similar form of official identification, he or she must supply an official document, such as a birth certificate, to get the free ID, and getting a copy of a birth certificate is quite costly. The fact is that many elderly people and many poor people don’t drive, don’t fly and don’t have copies of their birth certificates. (more…)

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Tova Andrea Wang on Voter ID Laws

Why Tuesday? Advisory Board member and Vice President for Research at Common Cause Tova Andrea Wang spoke about state voter identification laws at a January 3 press briefing regarding Supreme Court cases Crawford v. Marion County Election Board and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita. The American Constitution Society hosted the event.

If you haven’t already, check out our talk with Loyola Law School William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law Rick Hasen about voter ID (we also take the bus to see how long it would take to get one).

Video via acslaw1776 on YouTube.

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Why Voter ID?


We decided to explore Monday’s Supreme Court ruling which determined that requiring voters to show ID to cast a ballot is constitutional. I visited with election law expert Rick Hasen and hopped on the bus to time how long it would take to get a photo ID to vote if you don’t already have one.

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As this is the 21st century you would think there would be a 24 hour online voting period. There is absolutely 0 need to go into a voting booth on a Tuesday.

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