Voting Laws And The 2012 Presidential Race (Rebroadcast)

Voting Laws And The 2012 Presidential Race (Rebroadcast)

With the election just eight weeks away, federal and state courts have handed down conflicting decisions on voter ID, early voting and provisional ballots. What the decisions could mean for the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.

Following Republican victories in the 2010 midterm elections, legislatures around the country passed new voting laws. Today, 10 states require photo identification to vote and most states allow early voting and provisional ballots. Democrats say some of these laws discourage minorities and the poor from voting. Republicans argue they prevent fraud. Courts in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio will hear arguments this week on voter ID and early voting. And in Florida, a battle over voter registration might cause a replay of the 2000 presidential election. Diane and guests discuss new voting laws and how it will impact the 2012 presidential race.

Guests

Bruce Fein

former associate deputy attorney general, Republican counsel during the Iran-Contra hearings and founding partner with the Lichfield Group.

Richard Hasen

Chancellor's professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Spencer Overton

professor at The George Washington University Law School.

John Fortier

director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Institute.

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