October 10, 2012 |
A South Carolina voter-identification law does not discriminate against African Americans but must be delayed until next year because it would cause too much confusion at polling places so close to Election Day, a federal court ruled Wednesday. In a unanimous ruling , a special three-judge panel found the law, which requires voters to display one of five types of photo identification, would not harm African Americans and was not enacted with discrimination in mind. "South Carolina's new...
March 12, 2012 |
The Obama administration on Monday blocked a new law in Texas that requires voters to show a photo ID, drawing fierce criticism from Republicans who say the move was aimed at boosting President Obama's reelection prospects. The Justice Department said that the law disproportionately harms Hispanic voters. "Even using the data most favorable to the state, Hispanics disproportionately lack either a driver's license or a personal identification card," Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department's civil rights...
December 23, 2011 |
The Obama administration entered the fierce national debate over voting rights, rejecting South Carolina's new law requiring photo identification at the polls and saying it discriminated against minority voters. Friday's decision by the Justice Department could heighten political tensions over eight state voter ID statutes passed this year, which critics say could hurt turnout among minorities and others who helped elect President Obama in 2008. Conservatives and other...
June 27, 2013
As a civic-minded geezer in Virginia who votes in every election, I can hardly wait to see if the nice ladies behind their table at my voting precinct will require me to produce photo identification in accordance with the Republican-sponsored law scheduled to go into effect next year [" McDonnell: Virginia in ‘limbo' on changes to any voting laws ," news, June 26]. On principle, I will refuse to present such a photo ID because I'm convinced the law is stupid, unnecessary and discriminatory.
April 29, 2008
IT'S LIKELY that yesterday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Indiana's voter ID law will spur debate in other states about whether to adopt similar provisions. The short answer is, they should not. And if they do, they should not use the Indiana law as a template. While the justices split 6-3 over the constitutionality of the Indiana law requiring voters to present federally or state-issued photo identification at polling places, there was no dispute over the fact that in-person voter fraud is not a significant problem.
January 24, 2013 |
RICHMOND — Voting rights advocates are expressing concerns about what they see as a renewed effort by Republicans this legislative session to make it harder for Virginians to cast a ballot. At a press conference held Thursday, Tram Nguyen, associate director of Virginia New Majority, said that pending legislation that would require voters to show proof of citizenship or state-issued photo identification would be expensive to implement and could disenfranchise elderly, poor and minority voters.