Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Has Your State Passed Voter ID?

Voter ID was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, in a case arising from the State of Indiana. A voter ID law requires showing a photo identification, such as a driver’s license, before being allowed to vote. This good law helps reduce voter fraud that is rampant in many areas of the country.

Republican legislatures passed voter ID in eight states in 2011, bringing the total to 21 states that have passed some type of voter ID requirement. Has your state passed this type of law yet?

Democrats have long opposed voter ID laws, for reasons that have more to do with politics than anything else. Voter fraud is far more likely to help a Democrat than a Republican.

However, the Obama Administration intervened under the guise of the Voting Rights Act to block Texas’s new Voter ID law. The Voting Rights Act controls nine states and gives the federal government special powers to block laws relating to voting in those states. Three other states subject to the Voting Rights Act which have passed voter ID laws are South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi, and the Obama Administration has already blocked South Carolina’s law.

But the vast majority of states are not subject to federal interference with voting procedures, and they remain free to implement voter ID laws as Kansas, Tennessee, Rhode Island and others have already done. These laws are fully enforceable without regard to disagreement by the Obama Administration to them.

The federal government is just fine with requiring travelers and others to show photo ID. Why should voting be treated any differently? We need to defend the integrity of our elections as essential to the future of our nation. Ask your state representatives if they have supported and passed a strong form of voter ID.

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