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...
November 6, 2012 |
Americans went to the polls by the tens of millions Tuesday, and although most voted without incident, balloting in several states was hindered by long waits, legal disputes and lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy. Pennsylvania emerged as a hot spot for Election Day issues. In Philadelphia and outlying counties, voters reported that some election workers required photo identification, despite a judge's ruling last month that placed the state's tough new ID law on hold for 2012.
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...
July 25, 2012 |
The first round of the 2012 presidential campaign is being waged in courtrooms nationwide, and one of the most important battles got underway Wednesday in the swing state of Pennsylvania, where challengers told a judge that a new voter-identification law violates the commonwealth's constitution. The plaintiffs in Pennsylvania and other states have skipped the traditional venue of the federal courthouse, where advocates often pursue civil rights cases, opting instead for what they think may be a more successful route in state...
July 17, 2011
In his July 13 op-ed column, "Why we need voter ID laws," Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach confirmed our conclusion that few people are charged with voter fraud, but he explained that must be because "most forms of voter fraud are extremely difficult to detect. " Perhaps. Or, as myriad studies show, because it rarely happens. He also derides as "questionable" our 2006 study showing that 11 percent of citizens simply lack current and valid photo identification. The survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corp., a...
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.