Voter ID News Round-Up

Posted By: Erica Evans

Post Date: Monday, February 20, 2012

There was a lot of news to wake up to this morning on voter ID. Here’s a quick rundown of the headlines you might want to keep track of:

The New York Times “Will Voter ID Laws Disenfranchise Democratic Voters?”

Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the nation’s foremost experts on election law, has published a preview of a new book with a sobering reminder for those of us who oppose the growing body of laws requiring identification in order to vote.

The Institute for Southern Studies “Voter ID coming to North Carolina?”

Last year, North Carolina was one of several states where Republican state leaders aggressively pushed -- and passed -- a voter ID law. But the move prompted a backlash from civil rights and election watchdog groups, resulting in a veto by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Texas Redistricting “The three-judge panel in the South Carolina voter ID case”

Chief Judge David Sentelle of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has appointed Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh and District Judge John Bates as members of the three-judge panel that will hear South Carolina’s voter ID case.

Check out Rick Hasen’s response to the announcement here.

The Commonwealth Institute “Voter ID Could Cost Virginia Millions”

HB 569 imposes burdensome new voter identification requirements, could cost Virginia millions of dollars to implement, and may ensnare Virginia in costly litigation. As currently drafted, this legislation would (1) require proof of citizenship for new voter registrations (including individuals who move into Virginia after being registered in other states) and (2) photo proof of identification at the polling place. Based on estimates from other states, implementation of HB569 could cost between $7.91 million and $22.59 million.

The Kansas City Star “Document fees for ID to vote in Kansas raise concerns”

A coalition is considering a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new voter photo identification law, but Secretary of State Kris Kobach is confident the law will hold up in court.

Election Law Blog “Why Tough State Voter ID Laws Should Be Opposed—Even If Effects of Law on Turnout May Be Small and Claims Exaggerated”

In this recent post (drawing from a just-released preview of my forthcoming book, The Voting Wars), I argued that many Democratic claims against voter identification laws and other Republican-backed laws (part of what Democrats term the “GOP War on Voting”) either are exaggerated or based upon a total lack of information about the likely effects of such laws. Does that mean that states should feel free to pass voter identification laws, especially given that identification requirements tend to be supported by majorities in public opinion polls? No, for the following reasons.

Minnesota Public Radio “Racism alleged in voter ID campaign”

The debate over a proposed voter ID constitutional amendment took a new twist today when opponents accused supporters of using racial imagery to push their agenda.