Jul 5, 2012

The good folks over at Mother Jones has put together a very comprehensive post on everything having to do with the widespread GOP effort to enact new Voter I.D. laws across the country.

We can do all the complaining we want to when it comes to what is going on, but it's important that we're also proactive.  Ask people you know whether or not they have a valid voter  I.D.  Make sure you explain to them what a valid I.D. is.  It's amazing how many people are not aware of what is going on and they think just because they registered that they are able to vote.  This is not the case in many states.

I'm going to highlight some of the articles findings:

  • In the past two years, 5 battleground states (Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) have tightened their voting laws.
  • 2.2 million registered voters did not vote in 2008 because they didn't have proper ID.
  • Only 48 percent of women have a birth certificate with their current legal name on it.
  • Texas' new ID law permits voters to use concealed-handgun licenses as proof of identity, but not state university IDs.
  • In 2008, more than 1/3 of voters cast ballots before Election Day. In 2011, 5 states passed bills to restrict early voting.
  • 12 percent of minority voters report registering through voter drives, twice the rate of white voters. In 2011, Florida and Texas passed laws making registration drives much harder to organize. 
  • 4 million Americans who have completed prison sentences are ineligible to vote. 38 percent of disenfranchised voters are African American.


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