- The numbers suggest that the legitimate votes rejected by the laws are far more numerous than are the cases of fraud that advocates of the rules say they 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.
- Nygaard Notes #509: The Voter Empowerment Act
Mike Baker, Associated Press / Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
When Edward and Mary Weidenbener went to vote in Indiana's primary in May, they didn't realize that state law required them to bring government photo IDs such as a driver's license or passport.
The husband and wife, both approaching 90 years old, had to use a temporary ballot that would be verified later, even though they knew the people working the polling site that day. Unaware that Indiana law obligated them to follow up with the county election board, the Weidenbeners ultimately had their votes rejected — news to them until informed recently by an Associated Press reporter.
Nygaard Notes #509: The Voter Empowerment Act, Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes
- These are real problems, in contrast with the non-problem of "voter fraud" that is offered as justification for the unprecedented attack on voting rights that is underway in this country, and about which I have been reporting for the past several months.
- As Georgia Congressman John Lewis pointed out recently, "Since the beginning of last year, 176 bills have been introduced in 41 states making it more difficult for people to participate in the democratic process."
- Suppress the Vote!