Voter ID Debate Waged in Some States
As the presidential primaries draw near, debate in some states heats up over voter identification, reports Fox News
Republicans claim that requiring a photo ID at the polls is just matter of common sense, but Democrats say that requiring a photo ID may leave some voters out.
"I think this is an effort to diminish minority and poor people's involvement in the electoral policies and politics," said Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
But Dave Norcross, president of the Republican National Lawyers Association, argues that photo ID is required for many other normal activities.
"You need it to get welfare, you need it to get on an airplane, take the SAT, buy liquor, buy cigarettes. It's sort of ubiquitous," Norcross said. "And it's crazy to exclude voting from the list of things you need it for."
Fifteen states currently require or plan to require voters to present a photo ID, in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling upholding an Indiana voting law.
"The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law and the opinion was written by Justice John Paul Stevens, who as you know is one of the most liberal stalwarts of the Supreme Court," explained Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation.
The latest debate erupted in South Carolina, as the Palmetto state’s primary approaches.
Attorney General Eric encouraged people to oppose such efforts just days before the Justice Department blocked a new South Carolina law to require photo ID.
"Call on our political parties to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success," he told a group at the LBJ Center in Austin, Texas.
States that have voted in favor of photo IDs report that voter turnout increased across the board, including minority groups.