New ID Laws May Block Many Voters In 2012
Many voters are being surprised when they arrive to vote at polling stations around the U.S. In Indiana, one couple in their nineties had to use a temporary ballot because they did not bring a photo ID from the government. They also did not know the law in Indiana obligated them to contact the county election board afterwards, so their votes were ultimately rejected.
More states are putting strict ID laws in place for voters. Georgia was the first state to adopt very strict standards. In the 2008 election over 1,200 votes were tossed out by Georgia registration boards.
During primaries that were sparsely attended in Georgia, Tennessee and Indiana this year, hundreds of ballots ended up being blocked. Those three states have the nation’s toughest voter ID laws.
Recent number suggest that votes being rejected from legitimate voters are much more numerous than votes being rejected from voters that are not legitimate and are attempting to commit fraud. In the upcoming November election, thousands of votes could be rejected, when other states with even larger populations look to have new voter ID laws in place.
Over two dozen other states have some type of ID requirement for voting and 11 of them passed new laws within the past 24 months largely due to Republicans urging changes to be made to prevent voter fraud.
Voting rights activists and Democrats fear the new ID laws could cause many votes to be rejected for those people who might not have driver’s licenses and could disproportionately affect minorities, the poor and elderly.