Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Do voter ID laws affect minority turnout?


[VIDEO] Chanelle Hardy of the National Urban League discusses a report on the impact of Black voters in key swings states in this years presidential election. Looking at the info on this AP video's YouTube page those states include Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, and Florida.

The question I asked in this post's title Hardy seeks to answer in the first 20 seconds of this video. The report doesn't seek to answer that question anyway, however, she does explain that the laws in support of voter ID came about after the 2008 elections.

Though in my humble opinion, what she states is another salvo by those who think voter ID laws are a bad idea. Not that I've heard all the arguments against. When I was in school in Georgia, it was about whether or not registered voters could get an idea. That is go to the DMV (or in Illinois the Secretary of State) to get a ID to vote at least and in ATL with not a very significant public transportation system that makes it difficult for those without cars to go to a place to get an ID. It almost seems as if no one who could be affected by such laws are able to get an ID so they can vote.

Of course one counter I've heard in all the hoopla is that well can't get to a place that offers IDs, that's fine authorities can come to your home to give you an ID. That seems to get lost in all the racial pleas, economic or transportation hardships of that debate. In this video, it also seems and probably was always an argument, that voter IDs are about suppressing "minority" votes.

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