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STUDY: In 2008, Voter ID Laws Blocked 1200 Votes in Two States Alone

ProudProgressive 2012/07/10 12:29:01
The Right Wing voter suppression drive continues. Several recent studies have confirmed two things that we already know - first, that the wave of voter suppression laws inspired by ALEC have been doing their job and knocking thousands of registered voters off the rolls, and second, that the stated justification for these laws - "widespread in person voter fraud" - is basically nonexistent. In other words, there is no legitimate reason for these laws in the first place and the dire predictions of massive disenfranchisement of American citizens are an underestimate. How anyone can claim to support freedom and the "American way" and yet support these destructive laws is beyond any logical or rational analysis.


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STUDY: In 2008, Voter ID Laws Blocked 1200 Votes in Two States Alone
By Aviva Shen
Jul 9, 2012

Just in time for the Texas voter ID law’s court date today, the Associated Press has released a study finding that hundreds of legitimate votes have been rejected due to strict voter ID laws:

As more states put in place strict voter ID rules, an AP review of temporary ballots from Indiana and Georgia, which first adopted the most stringent standards, found that more than 1,200 such votes were tossed during the 2008 general election.

During sparsely attended primaries this year in Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee, the states implementing the toughest laws, hundreds more ballots were blocked.

The numbers suggest that the legitimate votes rejected by the laws are far more numerous than are the cases of fraud that advocates of the rules say they are trying to prevent. Thousands more votes could be in jeopardy for this November, when more states with larger populations are looking to have similar rules in place.

Voter ID’s supporters justify them by claiming they are necessary to prevent voter fraud at the polls, but such fraud is so rare that someone is more likely to be struck by lightning than commit voter fraud. One study, for example, found just seven examples of voter fraud out of the three million votes cast in Wisconsin during the 2004 election, a fraud rate of 0.0002 percent. Similarly, the Supreme Court could only identify one example of in-person voter fraud in the past 143 years in a decision approving Indiana’s ID law in 2008. Even a Heritage Foundation expert arguing for voter suppression laws could not cite a single example of voter fraud during a TV interview on the subject. And as a 2007 report by the Brennan Center for Justice found, many allegations of individual voter fraud can be chalked up to clerical errors like typos in names or addresses.

So voter ID laws target no legitimate problem, but they are effective in skewing the electorate rightward. Voter ID laws disproportionately affect young, poor and minority communities. Indeed, in 2005, the sponsor of the Georgia law, Rep. Sue Burmeister (R-Augusta), defended the discriminatory effect, saying if black people in her district “are not paid to vote, they don’t go to the polls,” and that if fewer blacks vote as a result of the new law, then they were blocked from casting fraudulent ballots.

More than two dozen states have some form of a voter ID law, with 11 passing new rules over the past two years.


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  • Steve 2012/07/11 14:09:13
    Steve
    Non-citizens virtually never attempt to cast a ballot -- it's an express ticket to deportation.

    However, when a citizen is denied the right to vote, that's a violation of Constitutional rights.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/07/10 14:58:45 (edited)
    Rebel Yell
    +1
    The University of Texas ( Austin) is a city in itself. When Obama showed up there to campaign in 08, college kids turned out in record numbers and they voted in record numbers ,too.

    To vote in Texas now, we must show a DL, passport, or concealed weapon permit. But no college ID is allowed now. What a coincidence.
  • Morning... Rebel Yell 2012/07/10 15:24:00
    Morningstar
    the right-wingers are trying their damnedest to suppress votes - hopefully the courts will stop them!
  • mich52 2012/07/10 13:45:55
  • Roger 2012/07/10 13:26:55
    Roger
    +2
    You say it desciminates against minorities, WHY? They are free in states that have voter ID laws. So what is the problem! Are minorities incapible of taking half a day to go get an ID. This is what I truly do not understand. Why are there so many people running around without ID? This really should be a non-issue. Every state during every election should require you prove who you are. If you can not find the time to get an ID then it would be your fault you can't vote, not the people that want to make sure their vote does not get nolified by someone that dosen't have the right to vote.
  • Morning... Roger 2012/07/10 15:24:57
    Morningstar
    why are the right-wingers making such an issue of it??
  • morris44 Roger 2012/07/11 19:12:25
    morris44
    Voting is a right not a privilege. The government should have to prove you cannot vote. You should not have to prove you can vote.

    These laws cast people out first, then require them to prove their innocence.
    It completely contradicts what we stand for.

    And in most cases over 90% of the people cast out are legal, legitimate voters.

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