Tough ID Laws Could Block Thousands Of 2012 Votes

By: AP
By: AP

Despite limited evidence of fraud, 11 states approved new rules over the past two years requiring people to provide identification when they vote.

Some laws mirror those in Indiana and Georgia, the first to adopt strict ID rules.

An Associated Press review of absentee ballots from those states found that more than 1,200 votes were tossed during the 2008 general election.

The numbers suggest that the legitimate votes rejected by the laws are far more numerous than the cases of fraud that the rules are trying to prevent.

Thousands more votes could be in jeopardy for this November, when more states with larger populations are looking to have similar rules in place.

More than two dozen states have some form of ID requirement.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    Wasn't there a story on MSNBC last month about how the Republican legislatures are passing voter ID laws ostensibly to prevent the rampant voter fraud that occurs every election? Some pundits think that the real purpose is to suppress votes for democratic party candidates.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 06:33 PM in reply to
      The only Votes or Voters this will SURPRESS, is those who are not Eligible in the first place to vote. Regardless of party affiliation. And by the way,there have been many Democrats found Guilty of voter Fraud and tampering with ballot boxes. Just look at what happened with AL Franken..you honestly think he won fairly?
  • by Laura Location: Chin on Jul 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    I always have to show my drivers license when I vote, how is this different from that?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 07:45 AM in reply to Laura
      As have I, and if those ppl who want to vote and are American citizens and respect the right to vote, they too should provide I.D. in order to cast a ballot. The only reason this issue is on the front burner now, is because we have a Dem president who is up for re-election. This bologna about disenfranchising voters is garbage, dems just would like to allow everyone to vote, regardless of citizen status.So dont buy the disenfranchise b.s. We here in America have to use our Photo I.D.s for just about everything we do, it should be Mandatory for voting as well
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