Voter ID Laws Explained in 60 Seconds

Voter ID Laws Explained in 60 Seconds

In 2011, 34 states considered voter ID legislative changes.
This year, 14 states may implement new laws, 10 states want to strengthen existing laws, and 9 states are trying to amend laws passed last year.
In 2011, Alabama, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Texas passed new laws regarding voter IDs.
Voters in Mississippi are now required to obtain preclearance from the Department of Justice to cast their ballots.
In South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin similar requirements were rejected because they were considered discriminatory to minorities, or infringed on voters’ rights.
This year, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Colorado also passed voter ID laws.
Virginia passed a law requiring identification, though it doesn’t have to be a photo ID.
Parts of Pennsylvania’s law were blocked after raising legal questions and being dubbed one of the toughest voter ID laws in the country.
Despite these changes, only ten people have been accused of voter impersonation since October, 2002.
It’s more likely a person would...
Be struck by lightning
Become a saint
Die by a mountain lion mauling in the California hills
Or win an Olympic medal
...than witness a voter impersonation.

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Posted Nov 6, 2012
 
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