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.
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.
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Facts, talking points, and links to studies debunking the myth that "voter fraud" is a widespread problem in American elections. Read more
Project Vote wrote a letter in opposition of New Mexico voter ID bill, HB 312. Read more
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
To date in 2015, lawmakers in 24 states have proposed at least 52 bills that threaten voting rights, while lawmakers in 36 states have proposed to improve election administration in some way... Read more
With voter ID a hot-button topic in state legislatures, Project Vote is pleased today to release a new research memo that provides a snapshot of who in America actually possesses government-issued photo ID. Read more
In this policy paper, Catherine M. Flanagan and Estelle H. Rogers look at photo voter ID laws, the concerns with voter ID policies, and litigation challenging strict photo ID laws. Read more
Testimony on Michigan Election Reform Bills, SB 751, SB 754, SB 803 to the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights
Project Vote submitted testimony to the Michigan House on Redistricting and Elections Committee regarding 2012 bills SB 751, SB 754, and SB 803 relating to voter ID. Read more
A coalition of voting rights groups submitted testimony in opposition to SB 754, SB 751, SB 803 (2011) to the Michigan Senate Committee on Elections on November 30, 2011. Read more
This is Project Votes testimony on “New State Voting Laws: Barriers to the Ballot?”, presented September 8, 2011 before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. Read more