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Dems To Fight Voter ID Laws

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WASHINGTON -- Nation­al and local civil rights groups are asking federal of­ficials to aggressively chal­lenge new election laws in Alabama, Mississippi and other states, saying the laws threaten to reverse decades-old efforts to expand voting rights to all Americans.

"It's a widespread rollback of voting rights the likes of which we haven't seen since poll taxes," said Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, a voting-rights group based in Washington. "So we're going to fight like we did in 1964."

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he understands the fight, calling voting rights protection a priority for the Justice Department.

"Despite so many decades of struggle, sacrifice and achievement, we must re­main ever vigilant in safe­guarding our most basic and important right," Holder said in a speech in Texas on Tues­day. "The reality is that in ju­risdictions across the coun­try, both overt and subtle forms of discrimination re­main all too common."

Holder's speech sent a "good shot over the bow," said Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., who led the 2006 effort to reauthorize the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Earlier this week, the Ad­vancement Project and other groups delivered a petition to Holder urging him to chal­lenge the new laws. A coali­tion of state and national groups also called on him to "vigilantly" protect the rights Latino voters and oth­er minorities.

In the same spirit, two U.S. senators introduced a bill this week that would toughen penalties for fraudulent vot­ing practices.

The new state voting laws generally toughen the ID re­quirements for casting a bal­lot. More than a dozen states have adopted such laws this year.

Civil rights groups say the new voter ID laws suppress voter turnout, particularly among minorities, the elderly and the poor. Defenders of the laws say they prevent fraudulent voting.

The Mississippi law, passed last month, requires residents to have a govern­ment-issued photo when they go to the polls.

Seven other states -- Geor­gia, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin -- also require government-issued photo IDs to vote, according to the Na­tional Conference of State Legislatures.

Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota request photo IDs, but voters may cast a ballot if they can meet other criteria.

Sixteen states also now re­quire some form of identifi­cation to vote, but not neces­sarily photo IDs
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Civil rights groups say the new voter ID laws suppress voter turnout, particularly among minorities, the elderly and the poor.

the easy answer is to provide a state ID for it's citizens..

just stop off at any DMV/MVC, prove your a citizen and get an ID.. is it really that difficult?

for those who can't get to a DMV have a mobile van go and do house calls..

it would be cheaper, and easier then funding investigation after investigation into all the fraud..
 

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Well if the Dems are worried their voters will not beable to vote because they can't afford a photo ID then provide all LEGAL CITIZENS that are on social assistance a photo ID problem fixed as that should cover about 99% of the Dem. supporters. :wink:
 

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Tam said:
Well if the Dems are worried their voters will not beable to vote because they can't afford a photo ID then provide all LEGAL CITIZENS that are on social assistance a photo ID problem fixed as that should cover about 99% of the Dem. supporters. :wink:
They don't want the photo ID's because they can't cheat as much Tam. It's not that they can't afford them. :wink:

Besides, all the dead DEM voters don't have to show their ID's.............
 

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Well if all the states required photo ID to get social assistance it would take that reason off the Dems Table of excuses. If they keep up the resistance then it will have to be clear to everyone, they don't want anyone to know the people ACORN and the likes are signing up are not legal to vote or people are using dead people's names and voting multiple times. The Republicans need to take all the excuses the Dems are using off the table so the only excuses left prove what they are really up to.
 

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