Voter ID

Today, 30 states require voters to present identification to vote in federal, state and local elections. Many Americans do not have the necessary identification that these laws require, and face barriers to voting as a result. Research shows that more than 21 million Americans do not have government-issued photo identification; a disproportionate number of these Americans are low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, and elderly. Voter ID laws have the potential to deny the right to vote to thousands of registered voters who do not have, and, in many instances, cannot obtain the limited identification states accept for voting. Many of these Americans cannot afford to pay for the required documents needed to secure a government-issued photo ID. As such, these laws impede access to the polls and are at odds with the fundamental right to vote. Learn more >>

Pennsylvania Voter ID Victory

Pennsylvania Voter ID Victory

By Vic Walczak, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 4:22pm
The bad back that awakened me at 6 a.m. on this birthday morning and that spurred unpleasant thoughts of growing old dissipated in an instant with an email alert that our long-awaited decision in the voter ID had issued. I didn't have the opinion, but I had the result – we won! Thousands of hours of hard work in collaboration with my fantastic colleagues had not been a total waste. And that adrenaline rush only increased when I read the opinion.
JAMMED! Voter Suppression Hits Pawnee, Indiana?

JAMMED! Voter Suppression Hits Pawnee, Indiana?

By Eunice Hyon Min Rho, ACLU at 2:26pm

As any fan of NBC's Parks and Recreation knows, Pawnee Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) loves democracy. But just how much?

On last night's episode, the voting wars arrive in Pawnee, Indiana, where a contentious recall election is imminent.…

Voter ID Trial Day 12: Closing Arguments

Voter ID Trial Day 12: Closing Arguments

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:23am

Yesterday was the twelfth and final day of the voter ID trial. In front of a full courtroom, which included Secretary of State Carol Aichele, attorneys for both sides presented their final arguments to Judge McGinley.

Jennifer Clarke, executive…

Voter ID Trial Day 11: Closing Arguments Delayed as Dispute over Data Continued

Voter ID Trial Day 11: Closing Arguments Delayed as Dispute over Data Continued

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:35am

The eleventh day of the voter ID trial proved to be an interesting mixture of boredom and drama. After a long trial, everyone involved was looking forward to closing arguments today. Instead, Judge McGinley once again closed the courtroom to everyone…

Voter ID Trial Day 10: Controversy Continues as Courtroom Closed to Public

Voter ID Trial Day 10: Controversy Continues as Courtroom Closed to Public

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:27am

The tenth day of the voter ID trial kicked off with a frequent flier on the witness stand, Jonathan Marks, the Department of State's Commissioner for the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislations, who has testified on four of the 10 days of…

Voter ID Trial Day 9: The Commonwealth's Response to Plaintiffs' Statistician

Voter ID Trial Day 9: The Commonwealth's Response to Plaintiffs' Statistician

By Molly Tack-Hooper, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:23am

Day 9 of the voter ID trial was occupied mostly with a heated debate about the efforts of plaintiffs' statistical expert...

Voter ID Trial Day 7: Real Voters, Real Barriers

Voter ID Trial Day 7: Real Voters, Real Barriers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 10:26am

Cross-posted from ACLU of Pennsylvania blog

Attorneys for the plaintiffs concluded their case today with video depositions of three elderly long-time voters, two of whom do not have valid ID and face significant challenges to getting to PennDOT…

Voter ID Trial Day 3: Looking at the accessibility of voter IDs

Voter ID Trial Day 3: Looking at the accessibility of voter IDs

By Thad Eagles, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 11:28am

Wednesday marked the third day of witness testimony in the challenge to the state's voter ID law brought by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia,Advancement Project, and the law firm of Arnold & Porter. It also…

Voter ID Trial Day 2: Voter ID By the Numbers

Voter ID Trial Day 2: Voter ID By the Numbers

By Sara Mullen, ACLU of Pennsylvania at 2:38pm

Cross-posted from ACLU of Pennsylvania blog

Yesterday was a bonanza for data geeks, although not nearly so satisfying for those looking for a precise number of voters without valid ID for voting. By the end of the day it had become clear, however,…

International Human Rights Body Seeking Answers on U.S. Civil and Political Rights Record

International Human Rights Body Seeking Answers on U.S. Civil and Political Rights Record

By Allison Frankel, Criminal Law Reform Project, ACLU at 4:16pm

An international human rights body is set to question the United States on its obligations under a key human rights treaty. The U.N. Human Rights Committee, an independent body of experts tasked with monitoring compliance with the International Covenant…

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