New State Voting Laws

New State Voting Laws

Some states are passing laws that could limit voter fraud. Others claim they are thinly disguised efforts to disenfranchise certain groups of voters:How new voting rules could shape the 2012 election.

With the next presidential election eighteen months away, many states, especially those in Republican hands, are making major changes to voting laws. The changes include requiring photo ID's for photos, reducing the number of early voting days, and expanding registration rules. The intent, they say, is to save money and reduce fraud,but some Democrats are cry foul. They claim the changes are intended to discourage voter turnout and to disproportionately shrink voting rates among African Americans, Latinos and young adults, groups critical to President Obama’s victory in 2008. Please join us.


E.J. Dionne Jr.

senior fellow, The Brookings Institution,
columnist, Washington Post
and author of "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right" and of "Stand Up Fight Back."

Wendy Weiser

director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice

Kris Kobach

Secretary of State, Kansas

Hans Von Spakovsky

senior legal fellow, Heritage Foundation

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