Voter ID

  1. As Virginians take to the polls today, the issue of whether or not the state’s new law will discourage some voters is important as ever.
The law expands the list of acceptable forms of ID for voters and also provides voters with a free state-issued voter ID card. Previously, voters in the state could sign affirmations of identity if they didn’t have proper ID and still cast a ballot. Now voters without proper ID will have to cast a provisional ballot until they provide local registrar’s offices with appropriate ID.
The law, which sparked controversy over the misleading assumption that Virginia’s law requires photo ID for all voters, was signed in July and is in effect for this year’s election.
Check out how some voters on Twitter are handling —or making a joke out of— Virginia’s voter ID law.

    As Virginians take to the polls today, the issue of whether or not the state’s new law will discourage some voters is important as ever.

    The law expands the list of acceptable forms of ID for voters and also provides voters with a free state-issued voter ID card. Previously, voters in the state could sign affirmations of identity if they didn’t have proper ID and still cast a ballot. Now voters without proper ID will have to cast a provisional ballot until they provide local registrar’s offices with appropriate ID.

    The law, which sparked controversy over the misleading assumption that Virginia’s law requires photo ID for all voters, was signed in July and is in effect for this year’s election.

    Check out how some voters on Twitter are handling —or making a joke out of— Virginia’s voter ID law.

    storify.com »

  2. Tim Hoover at The Denver Post reports that multiple investigations are underway to investigate swing state Colorado’s chief elections administrator, Republican Scott Gessler.

    Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s office confirmed Monday it had launched a criminal investigation of Secretary of State Scott Gessler on the same afternoon the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted to begin an investigation into whether Gessler violated the law by using state funds to attend a partisan event.

    Although the allegations against Gessler illustrate mounting pressure on the secretary of state from Democratic groups and leaders, the investigations are unlikely to interfere with the presidential election in Colorado.

  3. CBS News reports that a recent study issued by the National Congress of American Indians declares that State Voter ID laws hurt the Native American voter turn out.

    States including Alaska and Florida do not accept Tribal identification cards, making voting exteemely difficlult for rural American Indians living on the reservation.

    The report cites lack of physical street addresses on the reservation as an obstacle for many Natives in their quest to obtain valid identification.

    ncai.org »

  4. Read it here. 

    Arizona residents will need to present either one form of picture ID with address, like a driver’s license, or two other alternate forms of ID when they go to the polls.

    Arizonans have attempted to prevent voter fraud by making state identification laws more restrictive. Voters passed an initiative in 2004, Proposition 200, that would have required residents to provide proof of citizenship to register to vote. 

    Struck down by a federal court, SCOTUS is expected to hear the case early next year.

    The part of the measure requiring ID at polls was upheld by the federal court.

    The deadline to register to vote in the state was Oct. 9.

    azsos.gov »

  5. A Harrisonburg, Pa. man was arrested Thursday for eight felony charges and five misdemeanors related to throwing out completed voter registration forms. Colin Small worked for Pinpoint, a company that was hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to help register voters.

    The Republican Party of Virginia’s chairman Pat Mullins released a statement following the arrest, saying they “will not tolerate any action by any person that could threaten the integrity of our electoral process.”

    The arrest comes less than a week after Virginia’s voter registration deadline, which was Oct. 15.

    nbc12.com »

  6. Illustration by Samantha Wittwer at The Commonwealth Times
Virginia Commonwealth University’s student newspaper, The Commonwealth Times, breaks down Virginia’s new voter ID laws for student voters.
The Virginia State Board of Elections also has a special page dedicated to helping college students prepare for voting on Nov. 6.

    Illustration by Samantha Wittwer at The Commonwealth Times

    Virginia Commonwealth University’s student newspaper, The Commonwealth Times, breaks down Virginia’s new voter ID laws for student voters.

    The Virginia State Board of Elections also has a special page dedicated to helping college students prepare for voting on Nov. 6.

    commonwealthtimes.org »

  7. We’re simply saying that we’re going to start, we’re going to take it back it into our hands. We should check for ID since you have to show an ID to do anything in America.”

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    Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)

    Pearce was asked to respond to the voter ID controversy brewing in New Mexico.

    A video released Thursday by ProgressNow New Mexico captures members of the New Mexico Republican Party instructing poll watchers to request identification from voters.

    New Mexico currently does not have a voter ID mandate, meaning that the tactics of the New Mexico Republican Party could be considered illegal voter suppression. 

    thenation.com »

  8. How have the Democrats been winning the voter ID battle?  
The Grio takes a look at how an alliance of activist organizations, the Obama administration, and progressive media have dulled the impact of the laws, which liberal groups have estimated could disenfranchise millions of voters.

    How have the Democrats been winning the voter ID battle?  

    The Grio takes a look at how an alliance of activist organizations, the Obama administration, and progressive media have dulled the impact of the laws, which liberal groups have estimated could disenfranchise millions of voters.

  9. From Philly.com:

    The Nutter administration has decided not to follow the lead of Montgomery and Allegheny counties in issuing photo-ID cards for Philadelphia voters through county nursing facilities or Philadelphia Community College.

    The city Law Department is not certain such IDs will be accepted at polling places and the city intends to use its limited resources in other ways to help registered voters who will need photo ID  to cast ballots in November, said Brian Abernathy, chief of staff in the city managing director’s office.

    philly.com »

  10. justinspoliticalcorner:

    As Pennsylvania’s strict voter ID law returns to the lower court for reconsideration, its original sponsor, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA), told KDKA Radio Wednesday morning that his law will only disenfranchise “lazy” people, like the ones Mitt Romney was talking about in the leaked video of a private fundraiser.

    When asked about the voter ID law’s disenfranchisement of the 750,000 Pennsylvanians who cannot get IDs, Metcalfe cited Romney’s offhand dismissal of the 47% of the country who will never “take personal responsibility and care for their lives” as proof that those people don’t deserve the right to vote:

    HOST: Are you absolutely convinced…that the methods to implement this law are effective and will in fact make sure no legitimate voter will be disenfranchised?

    METCALFE: I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsiblity that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised. As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.


    h/t: Aviva Shen at Think Progress Election

    justinspoliticalcorner »

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