Wednesday November 13, 2013. OBJ: SWBAT understand how views on voting laws differ across party. Drill: What is taking place here? Why would these “hurdles” be applied to minorities? What party would agree with this?
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Strict Photo ID bills
Proof of Citizenship to Register
Ending Election Day/Same Day Registration
Shortening Early Voting and Changing Absentee Rules
Restrictions on Third Party Voter Registration Groups
2011 saw new laws in AL, KS, MS, RI, SC, TN, TX, WI
Laws passed but vetoed in MN, MO, MT, NH, NC
2012 ? – MN, MO, NE, NH, PA, VA
Over 20 other states also saw bills introduced during 2011-2012
Myth: Everyone has a photo ID, it’s no big deal.
Fact: A 2006 national survey by the Brennan Center found that11% of voting age citizens don’t have current government-issued photo ID
Myth: It’s the same as having to show an ID to buy alcohol, cash a check, or board a plane.
Fact: Voting is a fundamental right that shouldn’t be burdened. [And you don’t need photo ID to fly somewhere]
Myth: Everyone can get a free photo ID anyway.
Fact: There are practical barriers, as well as underlying financial costs involved in getting an ID.
Myth: Photo ID laws are needed to combat voter fraud.
Fact: The only fraud problem a photo ID requirement could address is voter impersonation, which is less likely than getting struck by lightning.