Voter ID Laws Should not be a Big Deal
Colorado just passed a new identification law for voters. To register to vote, potential voters must present some form of ID like a passport, driver’s license, birth certificate or utility bill. Debate over this law and many others that are riding a wave in up to 30 states is giving much more focus on the very important fight to win Hispanic voters.
The two candidates for the presidency hold very different views on identification laws. Presidential nominee Mitt Romney from the Republican Party has expressed support for the voter identification legislations in places like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Last month, while at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania with Romney, Marco Rubio a Senator from Florida said there are overhyped concerns about requiring the showing of photo IDs. IDs he said are required for boarding flights to renting a car. Therefore says Rubio, why not for voting.
One think tank in New York, the Brennan Center for Justice has criticized the ID laws as discriminatory and costly. The Center said over 11% of all eligible voters does not have government issued forms of ID. Conservatives quickly challenged that estimate however.
The reelection campaign for President Obama and the current administration have pushed against the new ID law in swing states. The President’s campaign has launched a website gottavote.org to try to make sure young and minority voters who are affected by the new laws still make it to the polls to vote.
Communities across the nation are now fighting the debate, as to whether discrimination should out trump voter fraud concerns.