Voter ID

Carding Democracy

In recent years, more and more states—fueled by exaggerated fears of fraudulent voting—have enacted laws requiring that a voter present photographic identification at the polls.

Voter_ID

Although details of the laws vary, they all deter otherwise-eligible voters from going to the polls. Those hit hardest are the same groups traditionally marginalized in our election process: African Americans, Spanish speakers, low-income individuals, disabled voters, and youth.

The stated rationale for the measures—preventing voter fraud—is baseless. Photo ID laws prevent only one kind of voter fraud: impersonation at the polling place, in which an individual poses as a particular eligible voter and votes as that person. This sort of voter fraud is extremely rare.

The impact of this “solution” to the phantom problem of voter impersonation is not trifling; millions of dollars must be devoted to implementation, free IDs, and voter education. While photo ID exacts a steep financial cost, disenfranchising our most vulnerable citizens takes an incalculable toll on democracy.

Most Recent / Relevant Items

Advanced Filters and Sorting

204 results returned

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

Post See all

The drumbeat for making voting more accessible continues as we head into what looks to be an extraordinary election in November. Read more

Project Vote Letter on New Mexico Voter ID bill HB 312

Publication See all

Project Vote wrote a letter in opposition of New Mexico voter ID bill, HB 312. Read more

New Study Confirms Worst Fear About Voter ID Laws

Post See all

Project Vote has monitored voter ID legislation since 2007. At the time, there was little information on the impact of voter... Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

Post See all

Last week, in his final State of the Union Address, President Obama indicated his interest in modernizing our election system... Read more

The Good News, and Bad News, About Voting Rights in America

Post See all

This post was originally published at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy’s blog, ACS Blog. The year before... Read more

Both Lawmakers and Citizens Push for Voting Reforms Before 2016 Election

Press Release See all

In 2015, nonpartisan voting rights group Project Vote monitored 315 bills, introduced by state and federal lawmakers, that could change the way people vote in 2016 and beyond. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities: Fall 2015

Publication See all

In latest edition of our Threats and Opportunities series, Erin Ferns Lee examines the status of important election bills—harmful and helpful—that were introduced in 2015. Read more

New Project Vote Report Examines Voting Rights Proposals

Post See all

Since January, Project Vote has closely monitored 315 bills that could affect the way people vote in 2016 and beyond.... Read more

North Carolina Citizens Take Action for Democracy

Post See all

Thousands of North Carolinians traveled from all over the state to support the lawsuit challenging the 2013 Voter Information Verification Act... Read more

North Carolinians Trigger Legislative Change to Voter Suppression Law

Post See all

North Carolina citizens express their concerns about the state's voter suppression law, and the legislature responds. Read more