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December 7th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

NAACP: Restrictive laws 'assault' Americans' voting rights

Editor's Note: In America is producing a documentary, airing in July, which looks at whether a flurry of new state laws are designed to suppress votes, or protect against voting fraud.

By Stephanie Siek, CNN

(CNN) – The voting rights of minorities, students, the poor, the elderly and the disabled are threatened by a concerted campaign to restrict access to the polls,  according to a report released by the NAACP and NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

“Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America” states that Americans “are experiencing an assault on voting rights that is historic, both in terms of its scope and intensity.”

In 2011, 14 states passed laws that restrict the voting or voter registration process in ways that disproportionately impact minorities, according to the report released Monday. The states are Florida, Texas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin, Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee, Iowa, Georgia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Rhode Island and South Carolina. "Dozens” of other laws have been proposed around the country.

The measures aren't discriminatory in nature – they don't explicitly restrict voting access of African-Americans or Latinos, for example. But minorities, students, the poor, the elderly and the disabled, they are more likely to be negatively affected. These groups are more likely to live in poverty and change addresses often. Many don't have access to personal identity documents such as birth certificates. Many live without a driver’s licenses or reliable transportation, or have had their voting rights removed due to felony convictions.

Among the report’s findings:

  • Eight states have enacted laws that require a state or federal photo ID in order to vote. The stated intention was to reduce voter fraud caused by someone impersonating another voter, but such cases are very rare, the report says. The report cited a League of Women Voters of Ohio survey that found just four instances of voter fraud out of 9 million votes cast in 2002 and 2004.
  • In five states - Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin - bills including such voter ID requirements were sponsored by legislators who are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council – a conservative think tank with annual conferences that include hundreds of lawmakers, private business leaders and lobbyists. “Defending Democracy” says these proposals bear clear resemblances to model legislation drafted by the council.
  • The restrictions increased after one of the most diverse election turnouts in U.S.history. The 2008 election saw double-digit increases in the percentage of African-American voters - 15.1% more than in 2004 - and Latino voters –28.4% more than in 2004.
  • States that showed some of the greatest increases in turnout and minority population growth, including Texas, South Carolina, Florida and Ohio, are among those that passed laws to restrict voting access in 2011.

“Instead of adopting democracy-expanding principles, several states are seeking to constrict the democratic process for the very voters who turned out in historic numbers in 2008,” said Ryan P. Haygood, an NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney who worked on the report.

On Saturday, International Human Rights Day, the NAACP and other groups will lead a march to United Nations Headquarters in New York City from the Manhattan offices of David and Charles Koch, the industrialist brothers who donate to conservative groups that support voter ID laws, Haygood said.

The report calls the laws “coordinated efforts to suppress the growing voting strength of communities of color, the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and the young. It says the laws are part of a historical cycle of expanding rights for minorities, especially blacks, followed by attempts to restrict those rights. As an example, it cites the days of poll taxes and literacy tests that followed the passage of the 15th amendment, which gave former slaves the right to vote.

Keesha Gaskins, senior counsel for the Democracy Program at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, said the legislation could have an impact on the outcome of the 2012 elections. Gaskins was not involved with the NAACP report, but researches voter rights issues.

Of the 270 electoral votes needed to elect the next president, 193 are in states that passed laws on voting, voter registration, third-party voter registration drives, poll worker qualifications, re-enfranchisement of nonviolent felons, photo ID requirements, or who eliminated or reduced the days available for early and absentee voting, Gaskins said.

The people affected by the restrictions are mostly groups that tend to vote for Democratic candidates, and turnout among them could be reduced due to the voting restrictions, Gaskins said.

Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Civil Justice Reform Initiative at the conservative Heritage Foundation, rejected the premise of the report, saying that there was no unbiased evidence that the laws it describes would disenfranchise voters. He added that most of the laws were supported by a broad majority of voters in the states where they had been passed.

“I think it’s frankly kind of a ridiculous report,” von Spakovsky said, "because all the claims it makes are the same kind of predictions and claims made by the Brennan Center for years now, all of which have been proven untrue.”

In "Without Proof: The Unpersuasive Case Against Voter Identification," von Spakovsky refuted the findings of a 2006 Brennan Center survey which claimed similar findings as the NAACP report - namely, that millions of voters were at risk of disenfranchisement because they either didn't have government-issued photo ID or couldn't access the documents needed to obtain it. He said the "dubious" methodology of the survey canceled out its results.

"Based entirely on one survey of only 987 'voting age American citizens,' the [Brennan Center] report contains no information on how the survey determined whether a respondent was actually an American citizen. The survey could have included illegal and legal aliens, two categories of individuals that are not allowed to vote," von Spakovsky wrote.

In Georgia, which has one of the oldest and strictest laws regarding what voters must present to prove eligibility, turnout among African-American voters had increased in 2008, four years after the voter ID law was passed, von Spakovsky said.

The 2008 election was also prefaced by a massive get-out-the-vote campaign within the African-American community, and it was the first election in U.S.history in which a nonwhite candidate - Barack Obama - was a party nominee.

In the end, Gaskins said, the motivation behind the laws – be it prevention of fraud or intentional discrimination – isn’t what matters to the next election.

“Does it matter whether the ultimate intention was to disenfranchise millions of minority voters, or does it matter that it did?” Gaskins asked. “At some point, it is no longer a solution when you’re impacting so many American citizens.”

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  1. WolfAK

    It's not a matter of not having an ID.. most do. It is a matter of having approved, proper, legal, and -valid- ID. Furthermore, many places will not -allow- you to vote without being registered in advance, sometimes multiple times, with confusing rules and times. Out of state IDs for students are a problem, military IDs, particularly non serving family. Some places allow registration all year, others only during voting week.. some only 60-90 days in advance. I keep well informed to my local rules after having been told once, down south switching universities, I could not vote without being pre-registered... and registration cut off the week before the polls. I had to mail it in after that and it took over 3months to get my card, which came back with errors... which I was -exceedingly- careful in the blocked boxes not to make any.

    Tell me how these stringent laws and time-sinks are going to combine to affect those who don't know until days before polls are set to open.... how many will be unable to register, or not receive cards until weeks or months after election time.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Col. Forbin

      If you hadn't noticed, there is almost a full year to register and have all of this figured out. If you are a procrastinator that's your fault.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
      • WolfAK

        Not everyone knows the rules, and not everyone knows where they will be living or stationed 3,6,12 months from now.. if you are a "Col" you should be well aware of this. Regardless, are you, therefore, implying that someone who procrastinates, for reasons ranging from laziness to infirmity to relocation, is therefore ineligible to vote in this country?

        The heck with democracy, 15th amendment, and so on.. you got a mis-spelled name on your registration card or didn't apply for your rights far enough in advance, and that can't be fixed now, wait until the next election you lazy good for nothing? I suppose you would also like to see the reinstatement of laws requiring voters to be of a certain religious faith.. and yes, some states DID have laws like that in place until amendments forbade it.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    The NAACP is violating my rights by trying to make it easier for illegals and others ineligible to vote to cast a ballot. If your too dumb to figure out how to get ID your too dumb to be allowd in the voting booth.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. DwayneL

    This is a crock! If they can get out to vote they can get out one more time to get a free voter ID.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Um, IDs are not free!

      December 8, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
      • therealhawkman

        Nothing is free. One way or the other it costs. Usually out of the pockets of tax payers.

        December 8, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Andrew

    Leave it up to the left, to say that having to have an ID to prove who you are is discrimination. You can say anything about racism and discrimination these days if you are or work for minorities. I thought this white people hating stuff only came out of the likes of Maxine Waters. CNN spews it too. The left has sunk to a new low. If you can't obtain an ID, are you even smart enough to figure out where your polling booth is.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      I read minorites such as the poor, students, elderly, and disabled....... People of your color are being targeted too. Kinda selfish on your behalf. And I see where you mind frame is. The NAACP is taking up for those being targeted.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Jimbo

        If they're being targeting than it's their own fault they are too incompetent to do a simple thing like get an I.D. and prove their citizenship. It's not that hard, what makes it so hard for minorities? Are they less able than others to do simple tasks? I don't think so.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. sam

    This is funny... people are required to carry photo IDs in Texas after they've been in prison, so wouldn't this empower rather than hinder minorities that wish to vote?

    December 8, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericaFail

      I think the message here is how else would they get an ID.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alex in NJ

    First off, I don't know what they hope to achieve by marching on the offices of the U.N. What is the U.N. going to make some mandate and come in and enforce it with their army? Didn't think so. The U.N. has ZERO jurisdiction over the United States. Second look, there has to be a way to make sure the people who are voting have a right to vote. Have you voted lately? You go in, and you can clearly see the list of registered voters out on the check in table. All you have to do is pick one of the names not checked off and say you're them. As for the hardship that this could cause minorities, or anyone else. Well one of the excuses is that they move a lot. You can go down to the police station and get a change of address sticker, I just did as a matter of fact. There's public transportation as well. If you have trouble getting to the DMV to get an I.D., then you should be able to solve that problem same way you solve your transportation issues on Election Day. This isn't about making sure minorities can vote. That's such a red herring excuse. This is about making sure people who should not be allowed to vote are voting, because they vote Democrat.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jimbo

    I was under the impression that you were supposed to have I.D. on you at all times wandering around in public. Why is it hard for minorities to get I.Ds in the 1st place? Do they need extra help or something, do they have some complex where they need extra assistance like blind and deaf people? I would take offense to this if I was a minority, this NAACP group saying I'm less able than others.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      What is a minority? Is it a race? An age? A gender? A religion. If your grandparrents couldn't obtain a photo id because they couldnt get a birth certificate, or you yourself became disabled, would you take offense to yourself? would you think lower of yourself or them?

      December 8, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
      • therealhawkman

        My mother is 82 yrs old. So, my grandparents could have had a difficult time of acquiring a birth certificate or photo ID. I highly doubt many people in this country have grandparents that are so old they could not obtain proof of birth or a photo ID. My mother has done this. On her own I might add. Don't think that concern is 100% valid. And as for the Minority quip, minority isn't the issue here. Only the NAACP made it a concern. The issue is proving you have the right to vote in Elections in a state of the union or the United States of America Government elections. That is the only issue. Minority concerns are nothing more than a smoke screen.

        December 8, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. yeahalright

    On the one hand it's like COME ON it's really not that hard to get a photo I.D. Really, it isn't. Stop pretending it is. On the other hand it's obvious to anyone with 2 brain cells that Republicans are behind all these initiatives purely because they'll mean less votes for Democrats. I would bet my house that if it was Republican votes were the likely ones lost you wouldn't hear a peep about (virtually nonexistant in reality) "votor fraud." Sick of both sides on this one.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      They are afraid that it might crack down on all the voter fraud that takes place.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
      • yeahalright

        This is what I'm talking about...what voter fraud? Wouldn't democrats be winning by massive landslides everywhere if this was some huge, and real, problem? And Republicans wouldn't give a rat's behind about the "fraud" if it was Republican votes being affected.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • J-Ex

      I agree with you on almost every count except the voter fraud virtually non-existant. We simply don't know how preveleant it is because we have virtually no regulation or monitoring of it. The fact that you have to show an ID for anything else we do in our lives and to not have to for such an important duty is just beyond belief.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Will

    What a bunch of liberal loon horseshιt. Anyone who is sufficiently incompetent and/or detached from reality to not possess some form of valid photo ID is also far too incompetent and/or detached from reality to vote responsibly. And what's this about convicted felons??? By law, convicted felons cannot vote anyway. It figures that Democrats would want them to...

    December 8, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      The convicted felon law varies by state. In some states if you have served your time and are no longer on parole you are eligible to vote.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe the Plumber

    Interesting how blacks are self destructing... students, the poor, the elderly are all predominately white. But then again, you would have had to pay attention in the 3rd grade to know that. Make Michelle happy twice in her life and vote for her husband.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • TheMatador

      The poor are predominantly white? Huh?

      December 8, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Joe the Plumber

        Yes you toad. The poor are predominately white.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
      • liarsfigure

        Typical spin – put a little truth in the big lie. Yes, the poor are "predominantly white." However, they are also disproportionally minority. So, while there are more poor white people than poor minorities, a much larger percentage of minorities are poor. A quick check of facts reveais that around 1 in 4 blacks and hispanics are poor, whereas only about 1 in 10 whites are poor, as of the Census Bureau findings for 2009. See how easy it is to tell the truth, and yet still misrepresent it?

        December 8, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Good ole Days

        So LIARSFIGURE, that has what to do with this article? The NAACP is claiming blacks are being discriminated by these new laws which will affect blacks more than whites? You just proved the opposite to be true.

        December 8, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
      • liarsfigure

        No, I've proven the point. The measure will affect minorities more than whites because a larger portion of minorities stand to be disenfranchised by these rules. If I make a change to a law that affects 25% of Group A and only 10% of Group B, that change affects a larger portion of Group A than Group B, regardless of the overall numbers.

        December 8, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
      • FACT

        LIARSFIGURE is a troll. Yes it will affect a greater percentage of minorities which is insignificant to this article as in any election it is the TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES that count. 10% of 350,000,000 > than 25% of 35,000,000. I hope I didn't give you a headache.

        December 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
      • liarsfigure

        You're calling me a troll? I am using the same screen name, you keep changing yours. Who's the troll?

        Yes, total number of votes count. I like how the only conclusion you go to is national level. You forget the agument that all politics is local. Across districts, this change could have a huge effect on who controls local and state governments, and how the poor are represented at those levels of government.

        December 8, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • J-Ex

      If blacks are self destructing and poors are predominately white....stands to reason some white people have some self destructing behvaior going on themselves. and btw a woman being happy her husband won a presidential election seems to transcend racial barriers......just ask Laura or Hil

      December 8, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Joe the Plumber

        Happy of their country the 1st time in their life? No, that's just Michelle.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jerry

    No, no, the assault on our voting rights is being perpetrated by NAACP itself. I respectfully ask, what are they afraid of!?

    December 8, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • TheMatador

      How is that?

      December 8, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. John from FL

    Rather than a complaint from the NAACP, how about an alternative to ensure only the living vote, people only vote 1 time, voters are over 18, and each voter is a U.S. citizen? It is not a restrictive set of requirements and ideas on a solution would be welcomed. If you do not like the ideas present, propose a solution. Unless or course the goal is voter fraud.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • J-Ex

      here, here! Well said, John!

      December 8, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Katz

    Look my 80 year old aunt never drove but always had a state ID. I don't know how anyone walks around without any ID. But once again the NAACP seems to think this isn't fair why, because we are asking adults to be responsible? All they do is whine. When the blacks couldn't make the SAT scores to get into college, they had the scores lowered for the blacks. How fair is this? So the blacks want to be like the whites, they just don't want to work that hard and want it for nothing. Lazy!

    December 8, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. cybersport

    What's so hard about getting a photo ID? You literally can't cash a check without one, so I don't see the problem.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Martin

    Our votes don't matter anyway. The corporations have so corrupted the process it matters little. We have a government of Corporate Fasicsm and have not been a democracy for a long time.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. immobee

    why not just do what I do, and don't vote anyway. I can't believe you keep getting fooled into believing these politicians are actually going to make a difference. Nothing has happened different between bush and obama. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step. Man has dominated man to his injury. Only hope is.... well, most do not want to hear that. Put your faith elsewhere.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  17. lgny

    LIke everything else, it's a matter of how you do it. Consider the example of the elderly person who no longer drives and can't get around easily.

    If the photo ID is only available at the county DMV three towns over where they work bankers hours, then this is a stupid border. If the state makes an honest effort to make it easy for people to get the ID, by going out into the community, providing it in convenient locations, ... then, it may not be OK.

    If you live in a state that now requires the ID, take a careful look at how they implement it and ask yourself whether they make a good faith effort to be accessible to the disabled, the elderly, and other groups who can't get around easily - this includes parents of many children who can not get away long enough for the three bus rides to get to the registration point.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Please cite actual stats from a credible source before dumping your laundry list of right-wing fantasies into cyberspace. The ACORN claim is a farce, since that revolved around voter registration, and any name that did not pass muster was denied. It will be fun watching the GOP go down in flames without ACORN being there to blame, though.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      You asked him to prove it by showing his sources, where are YOUR sources. Also, he was claiming personal experience. How about you do your own research, oh, wait, that would require thinking, I can tell by your post that is not your thing. I see you in here all the time, quote your source, quote your source. How about you empower yourself and do your own research. If you believe anything anybody in these forums say without doing your OWN research, then you are a fool anyway.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  19. DarkAxel

    Here is what is needed to get a photo ID (non DL) in most states: A birth certificate and a Social Security card.

    When I got my driver's license, I sent away fro my birth certificate. Cost: 2 dollars. Also, I went to the local Social Security office and got a copy of my Social Security Card. Cost: 0 dollars. I was way below the poverty line at the time, BTW.

    Getting a state issued ID isn't difficult, and it's not harder for the poor.

    I CAN see a problem getting the elderly in assisted living to the DMV or Courthouse to get photo IDs, but if they can get out to the polls then they can get out to the DMV. Those that can't make it out to the polls usually vote absentee.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • 757Matt

      I completely agree. It isn't hard and is a reasonable expectation. Everything requires an ID now a days and they are not cost prohibitive.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
      • immobee

        yeah, but, but, but, that means you gotta get off your lazy butt and go get it... too hard for most people, regardless of ethnicity.

        December 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • JB Cal

      Good luck getting that birth certificate for $2 now. How long ago was that? Did they even have them then?

      December 8, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  20. Dobie

    Okay, am I the only person tired of the whining about people for whom getting an ID would be a hardship? I mean – seriously? We have people in other countries that risk their lives to vote. You have people in this country not all that long ago that risked their lives in order to make sure that everyone can vote. You have the Founding Fathers that risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor in order to be able to have a say in their government. And now people think having to go get an ID to prove they are who they say they are is too great a burden? Give me a break.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  21. JP

    Well as for the birth certificate if you are of a certain age and of a certain race and were born in certain states, you were never issued a birth certificate. Before the 1960's certain states denied even that to certain citizens.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. pablo

    We have NAACP, Ms Black America, Black Entertainment Network, Black Coaches Associated, etc. What we need is a NAAWP.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • lgny

      It's called Fox News.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
      • code0111

        Imagine if you were correct. Only white people that have graduated college, become leader of industry, and have made something of themselves watch Fox. That would mean most people that do not finish high school, have spent time in jail. or welfare, people that are lazy and want the goverment to give them free money even though it may only be pennies, watch CNN.

        I guess you are correct.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  23. j

    NAACP is the most racist group on Earth besides Jesse Jacksons PUSH Coalition

    December 8, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      You mean apart from the KKK I'm assuming? The NAACP is an organization that gives minorities a voice. Organizations that do such things tends to "threatin" certain types of people. Are you one of them?

      December 8, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Will

        The NAACP is a corrupt organization that attempts to advance their own interests in the name of "disenfranchised" (sic) blacks and at the expense of the responsible, hard working, tax paying, law abiding citizens of America, regardless of color. Blacks have exactly the same "voice" and exactly the same access to opportunity and justice as any other group of Americans does, including whites. The NAACP is an obsolete dinosaur, and easily as racist as the KKK ever was.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Of course, they never threatened anyone!

        December 8, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      Who am Ito change what you think? Your opinion is that.. an opinion. But I'm assuming your life along with other "white's" have been a lot easier than others. You all cringe up and become intimidated with the slightest thought of blacks and other minorities being givin voice and a chance. Can you REALLY compare the NAACP to the KKK? Or are you that ignorant of your history? Funny how something like this happens after the 2008 election.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  24. pablo

    without ID, illegals can vote, people can vote multiple times. IDs should be free to all and required. Our founding fathers only let landowners vote. We've come a long way baby.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  25. ngc1300

    Let me get this straight. We're afraid a few llegals might vote, but we have no qualms about letting foreign nationals vote in our elections. By thay, I mean allowing (Citizens United) corporations that may be wholly or largely owned by foreign nationals to pump unlimited funds into our elections. Can't see the forest for the trees?

    December 8, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      word.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • JB Cal

      outstanding

      December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  26. 757Matt

    How can any one take a protest seriously from a group that still refers to themselves as "Colored People"? Let a white person refer to a black person as a "Colored Person" and the NAACP would be beating their door down in protest.

    In VA you can get a plain ID card from the DMV. Most jobs require you to present a valid ID and social security card. Banks require you to have an ID to open an account. I think states have every right to insure voter fraud does not occur, and in this day in age, a state issued ID seems like a reasonable expectation.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  27. ktown8

    So true! I love it!

    December 8, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  28. fedupwithit

    could do it like bush did in florida. make up some bs and get the media to promote it.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  29. Col. Forbin

    If these people cannot afford the $10 – $20 for ID's, how are they going to afford the mandate that they pay for health care? Why isn't the NAACP fighting against that?

    December 8, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  30. Jim

    This is sooooo stupid. Dont have a drivers license....so what...anyone...ANYONE can get a state ID from their local DMV. Its also called a non driving ID. Also anyone can get a copy of their birth certificate for about 10 bucks. The NAACP needs to stop their stupid whining...they are a prime example of a good idea gone wrong.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      hey stupid if you can read you see that they are taking about people that is old like 60-70

      December 8, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Dobie

        You mean people on Social Security/Medicare – that have already had to prove their eligibility for those benefits?

        December 8, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Severinus

        LOL...you must be young. 60-70 is not that old. Old is 80+

        December 8, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
      • thrice

        Hey "stupid", the article says "african-americans, latinos, students" and at the end mentions elderly and disabled. How many students are elderly, and how many students don't have ID cards? While you are defending these idiots, how about your great ACORN group that the government finally disbanded because of their voter fraud and illegal activities. Who was one of the major figures in ACORN, let's see, oh yeah, your buddy Barrack Hussein Obama. Why wasn't he indicted for this instead of elected?

        December 8, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  31. fedupwithit

    u want to talk about class warfare? if this isn't an assault on the middle class and the poor, i have never seen it. just keep sitting on your hands and saying oh well......... nothing i can do about it. we are oh so close to becoming slaves in our own country and no matter what they take, we just keep letting it happen. Wake up america, your children and grandchildren will suffer because of our being so timid.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Stopbeingignorant

      You are already a slave if that is the best grammar you have. Get educated.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Whatever, all this does is help keep illegals from voting, and they have no right to vote, this is NOT their country.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Kevin

        There is no "problem" of non-citizens in this country voting, so there is no need for this "solution." If you can show me facts that point to a voter-fraud problem in this country, then I can see the logic in requiring people to show IDs at the polling place (remember this is after they've had to prove citizenship to get on the voter ID rolls.) An old Roman saying goes like this – The more laws a society has, the less civilized it is. We're wasting time and money creating a law for a problem that doesn't exist. Unless the problem is that people are scared of the "other."

        December 8, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  32. PorkNBeans

    Caution: Republicans at Work

    December 8, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • PR

      Wow, 2000 presidential election ring any bells?

      December 8, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  33. idb

    The NAACP lies through its teeth as usual. Voter fraud is widespread. In New Mexico alone at least 90.000 illegal aliens voted in the 2008 presidential elections. States usually refuse to investigate those cases, especially if Democrats are in power. Using token groups like the one in Ohio doesn't make the case stronger. The case being brought up by a racist group like NAACP doesn't make it more credible either.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Really? " At least 90,000 in New Mexico"? What proof do you have? What news stories from relatively unbiased sources can you cite, or are you just doing the bidding of whatever group of paranoids you donate to?

      December 8, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DZ

      do you have research to back this claim of 80K voting or are you just spouting off numbers?

      December 8, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Not that I believe idb but, do your own dang research you lazy people. Why should he have to quote you anything, if he found the info, so can you. Your online typing, so google it.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
      • yeahalright

        The one who makes the assertion bears the burden of proof.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
      • JB Cal

        If you're going to make a claim, be prepared to back it up with proof.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Not true...there was something like 0.0003% voter fraud proven. If one is an elderly person living on social security the $45.00 fee for a dmv card can make a big difference in food purchases for the month. If one is an elderly person who has voted for their entire lives and is now required to find a birth certificate from 80 years ago that is a hardship. If one is a disabled person getting to dmv and standing on the dmv lines is a hardship. This is just more repug games...they can't win on merit and they know that...voting is a citizen right...if these states want to do this they need to take extra steps and not force non-drivers to have to deal with the insantiy of dmv.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
      • ricky

        u are right, Every United States Citezen shoud be able to vote..... Just prove to me who you are...simple... no repug name calling, racism ranting, just simple who are you before you use the citezens right to vote.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Glen

        Voting is indeed a citizen right. Prove that you're a citizen and you can vote.

        December 8, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  34. Tom

    You people are wacked. Shame on you.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • sithlord1

      So whats your point exactly? Should anybody be able to vote with no i.d? Because that would be wacky.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  35. DEEJ

    Get a photo id. How freakin hard can it be. What are you scared of? Don't worry, you won't break the camera.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • lgny

      My mother is 92 and lives in an assisted living center. She does not drive, having surrendered her driver's license many years ago when she became too frail to drive.

      How is she supposed to get a photo ID? She's been an alert voter throughout her life, but now she may be unable to vote.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
      • sithlord1

        Does she do mail in balots? Because if she doesn't then she obviously has to get a ride to the voting booth and if thats the case and she's an advid voter then can't that same person give her a ride to get a state I.D.? You don't have to have a drivers lisence, you can get a plain and simple i.d.

        December 8, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Brad

        That is one stupid excuse. Assisted living means they get driven around, I know, my grandfather lived at an assisted living place. Is it easy for them? No, but so what, that is part of getting old, will happen to you and me also, why should everyone else pay for it because we have a hard time moving around?

        December 8, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Same here. My grandma is in her 90s. She is nearly blind after a stroke, but sharp as a tack. She lives with my mother and votes absentee in every election. Riding in a car makes her dizzy and get headaches. The nearest DMV is a good 45 minute drive. There is simply no way she will go and get a photo ID, unless you can do it by mail. There are a lot more people out there like this (elderly, blind, handicapped, etc.). You just don't see them.

        December 8, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  36. Price

    So now it should be "no big deal" to be a felon? "t's OK, it was only a non-violent felony."

    December 8, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • sithlord1

      Most Felons get their rights restored after completing their time and probation in almost every state red or blue. Not every felon is bad, some people have bad luck, some make 1 mistake and some are just plain repeat offenders who probably will never get their rights back because they don't learn from their mistakes. And there are different class felonies with different rules regarding rights restoration.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  37. redragon

    Not all of them are against it, but great generalization.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  38. CM

    I've got an idea. Instead of spending money funding this silly report, why doesn't the NAACP spend money to pay for photo ID's that all these "old people, students, poor minorities, sick people, and every other demographic that votes DNC" can't afford? Problem solved.
    Voting is a right, but when there's massive voter fraud, MY right as an honest voter is being violated because my vote no longer counts.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • GooberPyle

      State issued ID's are available for free in most states. Not sure why this is an issue.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
      • fedupwithit

        why all of a sudden? I am not sure why pawns like you keep defending the status quo. You are a pawn and will be discarded when your usefulness is over.

        December 8, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Please give an example of massive voter fraud that can be backed up by a credible source ( FOX does not count).

      December 8, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Middleground

        Stop asking to cite sources. I agree majority of the stuff people say from what ever politcal spectrum they come from is a crock BUT instead of me asking someone to prove themself to me, I will do MY OWN RESEARCH to prove MY point. So Tom Paine crap or get off the pot.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • tcp

        So virtually ANY source except those you don't happen to agree with is OK?...

        December 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Bottom-line - the NAACP's goal is to make it as easy as humanly possible for people to vote, even if they can't bother to plan ahead and do simple, necessary paperwork. They want to ensure that they and their ilk (Acorn, etc) can (if necessary) round up bums or illegal aliens off the street [who may not be able to read, may not be sober, may not be citizens, and may not be allowed to vote (due to felonies)], offer them food or something else of value, drive them to a polling place, tell them who to vote for [possibly showing them a picture of the ballot if they can't read it]. So, if you think that's the best way to ensure we collectively make wise decisions about who should run our country, then side with the NAACP.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  39. Larry

    Answer me this simple question: How can ANYONE function in today's society without a photo ID? This is not discriminatory – all that is required is a birth certificate, social security card, around $10, and a trip to the local license bureau. NO ONE should be allowed to vote unless they can provide identification. PERIOD.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • rashid

      Try writing a $5 check without photo ID. Try using a Visa card at Macy's at Christmas without photo ID. I've had to show photo ID to vote forever. To the newly disenfranchized – go to the DMV, in any state, and get a non-DL photo ID. They'll be glad to help. And ya, you have to leave the house to do it. NAACP is really scraping bottom on this one.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • feddupp1

      SC even pays for the photo ID. In a recent push to get those without photo ID's a ride and a PAID ID, the statewide effort was phenomenal. twenty-two (22) people – state-wide – went to get their photo ID. this whole thing smacks of a story blown way out of proportion. you're right man, focus on the voter fraud instead of the drumbeat of "disenfrachisement" and all the other BS buzzwords.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  40. cadcam

    If Hispanics voted Republication, the NAACP would be screaming for voter ID.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      You got that right... and what's with this nonsense>>>>....the elderly and the disabled, they are more likely to be negatively affected." These groups are more likely to live in poverty and change addresses often. Oh yeah, the elderly and the disabled sure do get around. It's time the NAACP is eliminated, it's simply a racist organization.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  41. Glenn Powell

    Same old tired NAACP rant...

    December 8, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • fedupwithit

      wrong!!! I do not agree with the naacp on some issues but they are right on this one. I guess you will be alright with them taking away your house next?

      December 8, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  42. halito

    I have voted for over 30 years (WA state) and have always had to show an ID and/or voter card. So I don't get the issue that people have. NAACP – you got a problem then get volunteers to go out and help those who need it to get their ID.
    Wake up – we have numerous illegals coming here to suck our system dry and to participate in activities, such as voting, that are open to citizens only.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  43. upstateny

    I would like to push the envelope even further...only people who pay taxes should be allowed to vote. I guess I'm just tired of the taxpayers being screwed by people to don't contribute to the system. Nothing wrong with asking people for valid information when voting.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  44. Joe Blow

    Requiring ID seems like a very reasonable idea to prevent voter fraud. However, the State issued IDs MUST be available on demand, in a timely manner and with proper proof of US citizenship. Also, State IDs should be issued free of charge, as voting is a right that should require no payment to be exercised.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Thenextstep

      Voting is a privilege, NOT a right.................. So therefore YES yuo should have to pay for the privilage.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Mandy

        Um, Voting is a right of every American citizen.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Thenextstep

        Its a privilage to me, because of the MEN / WOMEN that fought for me, its they're right............ I only get the privilege because of what THEY did...........

        December 8, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
      • suppackman

        I think you are confused with driving

        December 8, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Wrong

        Yeah....you're actually completely wrong. 100% wrong....and maybe a lil stupid. Try again next time.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
      • fedupwithit

        u have got to be kidding!? Do you know how many forefathers died and suffered for us to be able to vote? What the hell is going on? Has everyone lost their mind?

        December 8, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      It is free to vote so the ID should be free.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  45. Rick1948

    Having to have an ID to vote is a good thing and will help prevent voter fraud – I don't care what their statistics say since we all know statistics have predetermined answers which the mathematicians must make the numbers add up to. HOWEVER, the point that even a small cost of $20 or so to get a state ID is a lot of money for the poor. The answer is simple. States that decide to require an ID to vote must also provide free state IDs. Then, there is no reason not to get them.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Rene

      Agreed.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • fedupwithit

      nice little fantasy world you live in there. tell the easter bunny i said hello.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  46. Deep North

    Gee, An ID...How else are we going to stop all those Canadians and Mexicans, rushing to get here and corrupt the America broken political process...Imagine that!

    December 8, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  47. Tennecred

    For gods sake folks this country has gone to hell in a hand basket. I live in TN, $8 for a state ID. Are you trying to convince me these people can't afford $8. In chicago that's ONE pack of smokes and most of these "poor" folks do smoke you know actually the poor smoke the most! All these folks have ID's as they must present them buy the smokes, but your telling me they can't provide an ID at the voter booth?

    December 8, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      How do you know the people who smoke are poor?

      December 8, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Tennecred

        It's called google.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Mandy

        Ah Google. Instant gratification.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Rene

        I agree with that comment.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Tennecred

      don't you mean kryptonite to liberals like you? Facts are facts.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  48. Dona Deri

    Don't you need a voter registration card and proof of ID anyways to vote??? That's how they do it down here in NC. Why would someone not have a state ID though? hmmm... I don't see the point in this.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  49. Mandy

    It is obvious a few poster are using this as a opportunities to toot their racist and ill-informed opinions. I admit something needs to be done about voter fraud and corruption in our government system period. But to ignore that some aspect of these laws don't impede on voter rights is ridiculous. I actually have families and friends who are consider poor and what you consider a small amount of money does matter a lot to them. To those who say $10 to $20 for an ID, what is the big deal. People under or on the edge of poverty line live month to month. People who are right on the edge of the poverty line don't get the assistance you may think they are getting, they are not eligible. So you are asking them to choose between paying for food, water, power or the expense of getting an ID. Don't forget employers will excuse you to go and vote but they don't excuse you for going to get an ID, if you are willing to sacrifice the lost in wages.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Tennecred

      Where I live you can't get water or power without some form of ID. Next!

      December 8, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Mandy

        Ever tell the company you don't have a state ID, they will give you alternatives. Believe it or not there are working American citizens with no IDs.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Lorelord

      Sorry but your making excuses for facilitating voter fraud. I aint buying what your saying at all. If they are that poor then the government is giving them money for food and such....you cant tell me that they cant afford that....no way. Even if by some slim chance that was true, then i garauntee the church or family would get them one, unless they are all too, which is even more of a stretch. I dont want to hear any lame excuses for this. Those that make them have an alterior motive for it and just want to facilitate the fraud and perpetuate it.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Mandy

        Maybe the people you know ask for handouts all the time, but the ones I know try their best not be on assistance or ask for handouts. Pride. Maybe the easy solution is don't charge for ID and just make if part of the process of voter registration.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Tennecred

      U'mmm...yea they give you an alternative. No ID? No water or power. There's your alternative.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Yes Mandy... oh illuminated one... such pretentious liberal nonsense.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Matrix

      I call BS. How do they even cash their checks without an ID? I always had to show my ID to cash a check... or are they paid in cash? Sounds fishy, under the table, and untraceable.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  50. Jerry

    No one, absolutely NO ONE (White, Black, yellow, etc., etc.) should be allowed in the voting booth without proper ID.

    Like some of the foolish posters on these boards say: End of story!!!

    December 8, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Agreed. The NAACP should have just said the new voting measures were discriminatory against dumb, uneducated people. Oh wait, that's their base.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
      • The Real Tom Paine

        Funny, I thought the same thing about the right-wing sheep the Tea Party collected last year, who are now having buyer's remorse.

        December 8, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  51. Jason

    They need photo ID to sign up for welfare and food stamps. Why not voting too?

    December 8, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  52. Sarcasm

    Yes, shame on the Republicans and Democrats that want an address and voting ID to ensure the voting process is fair. Poor Chicago style elections are being abused.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  53. Techie

    The NAACP screams "RACISM" at the drop of a hat. It means nothing coming from them anymore. Instead of the "boy who yelled Wolf" now it is the "NAACP yelled Racism". NAACP stop the hysterics already!

    December 8, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  54. Daniel

    Because of people like you. Dats why. Iys America, speak English, not half African. It's time real America takes back our system of Government. Dats all Nikka

    December 8, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Why racis make us show ID?

      Dat racist! Jus cus I drives cadillac excalades and gets free welfare, fud stampz, unemployment and free gubment housing and no one checks to make sure I be driving a cadillac escalade!

      U just hating cus i drives cadillac excalade with spinnaghz and you drive kea optima naga

      December 8, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
      • aNN

        Dear Meth infested Trailer trash, Your jealous of people getting welfare, How Poor are you?

        December 8, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  55. Saber

    I think folks should be required to show ID at the Polling Centers. I fail to understand what the big tiff is over. To me this is just another bunch of NAACP whiners who assume there is racial intent behind requiring a valid ID to vote at the Polling Centers. Holy cow folks, if you are that inconvienienced with going to the Polling Centers, then do what my wife and I have done. Sign up for Permanent Absentee Voting. Its simple and easy. You just need to register, send your paperwork in, they verify your mailing address and bingo you get your voting materials in the mail, and you can vote from home. Problem solved. Really folks, lets be intelligent about this, not silly. The NAACP is better served for more serious issues in this country.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • hilo, HI

      "We are Troy Davis" repeatedly chanted members of the NAACP".
      The National Association of the Advancement of Comatose People.
      Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

      December 8, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  56. pogojo

    Hard working poor? I thought you had to have two forms of ID to get a job?

    December 8, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Last I checked, SS# and a utility bill with your name and address is enough for employers and other government agency.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason B

      Two forms of ID to get a job? So how did those teenagers at McD's get their jobs?

      December 8, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        They didn't... they're occupying.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  57. Greg

    Oooo, Dem's get all nasty when someone tries to stop Illegal Aliens from voting. Of course this non-issue (Photo ID Laws) is getting attention now that our President is from the beacon-city of political honesty (Chicago Democrats...Vote Early, Vote Often)

    December 8, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  58. Joe

    Requiring an ID to vote isn't that surprising. How else are they going to make sure that the person voting is actually 18?

    December 8, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • hilo, HI

      -or a citizen
      -or not repeat voting

      December 8, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  59. angryblkman

    what's the big deal? to require proper ID seems very normal. This article is divisive and misleading.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • pogojo

      this is cnn

      December 8, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      this is CNN.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  60. WhatswrongewithU

    Send them to the Showers? So anyone disagreeing with your views are to be eliminated? You are one twisted hypocrite!

    December 8, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  61. Courtney

    So is it their fault or someone else's that they got a felony and lost the right to vote?

    December 8, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • hilo, HI

      someone else's

      December 8, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  62. Missy

    How can it be accurately reported that voter ID fraud is "rare" if there is no way to tell the person who is voting is the person they purport to be?

    If IDs are required to board a plane, to get a driver's license, a library card, to prove age to buy alcohol, then why not for voting? I'm sure these people who are too poor, don't have transport, etc., somehow manage to produce some form of ID in order to sign up for government benefits (I would hope that's required, anyway). If you want to vote, prove you're who you say you are. I am shocked it hasn't been required all along.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Commonsense

      Flying, driving, borrowing books, and buying alcohol aren't rights. Voting is.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
      • angryblkman

        If voting gave welfare recipiants an extra $20 dollars in addition to all the other free benefits they already receive from honest hard working tax payers, I bet every single one of them would find a way to vote.
        Where there’s a will, there’s a way. The problem with so many people today is, there is no will.

        December 8, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Keri

        You're correct. Voting is a right for American citizens. Therefore why shouldn't they show proof that they are citizens of the United States. Sounds like "commonsense" to me.

        December 8, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
      • truthfulster

        Most liberals think all those things are rights including collecting their welfare check. How soon we forget all the ACORN stories in 2008 about reports that Micky Mouse actually voted in Ohio twice. He must have had his I.D.!!!!!

        December 8, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
      • therealhawkman

        "Flying, driving, borrowing books, and buying alcohol aren't rights. Voting is." And none of those activities require you to be a citizen of the State in which you reside or of the US. How do they relate to voting for people who will represent you in your legislature? The example you provide is ridiculous.

        December 8, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  63. ComeOnMan9

    Oh whatever, I stopped doing conspiracies and plots. You want my vote back, please Jesus don't tempt me to tell you to come get it. American Politics is broken irreparably. When the money started flooding in, you knew it was going to be a whole nother kind of ball game. I is disenfranchised. Now does that qualify me as too ignorant to vote? Okay I stay home.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  64. TampaMel

    I'm not sure I have ever been allowed to vote without proving who I was. Are we saying I can pay someone to vote for me because he does not have to prove who he is? Can a group of us send the same person to vote for all of us? Or am I not understanding the protest over requiring an ID to vote. People who don't drive still need an ID. I have been asked for my ID any number of times by merchants, in doctors offices, etc.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  65. Curtis

    If you're ignorant enough to be an adult with no form of picture identification...then you are too ignorant to vote.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  66. Remford

    If you want to exercise the "right" to vote, the "responsibility" of maintaining sufficient identification should be something you're willing to do.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I think people in this string are missing the point. Most if not all states require some form of I.D. to vote. And I keep reading people commenting no I. D. no vote. The problem here is that the laws are being changed unecessarily and the playing field is being shifted to eliminate many voters who never had a problem voting before. Poor people in cities don't have cars so they don't have a driver's license. Many of them cannot afford the fees for state issued I.D.'s either. But they do have voter registration cards and have never faced problems voting before. I live in New Jersey and all I show is a voter registration card with no pictuer on it. The last election cycle I went to the polls with a pasport, driver's license, birth certificate, voter registration card and a utility statement. All the attendant asked for was my voter registration card that has no picture just my signature. Put yourselves in the shoes of the people who through no fault of their own are being excluded because of their socio-economic status. Voting is a right of every American citizen and no one should be trying to manipulate the laws protecting that right. Those of you who disagree will change your tune when something like this happens to you.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Dawn Castle

        Rick, stand firm. you are the voice of reason and able to see the grand overview rather than responding by emotion. Voting rights have been an issue since the 2000 election. You obviously stay informed and base your opinions on knowledge rather than voicing the usual partisan dogma like most of the postings here.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Techie

        State identification is free if you can't afford it.

        December 8, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
      • H Manuel Montes

        If you want to vote I believe you need to prove who you are with a picture ID. Save up the money for it. Skip a "40" for a few days, whatever. We need to know who is really voting when the ballot is submitted!

        December 8, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
      • thrice

        Isn't it funny how the only ones complaining about showing an ID in order to vote are the demorats (yes the c is missing). Does that mean that everyone else is rich, young and not too lazy to get an ID? Only the criminals are crying foul, other wise there would be poor, elderly, and students of the other party having a fit. Oh yes, you are so well informed. I have grown up watching voter fraud all my life, and even though I am registered unaffilliated, I have to look strong and hard before I vote for a demorat, which I hate to admit, I have done before. I actually try to vote for the person, not a party. If they would do away with party designators and run on their name, there would be a lot less crooks running our country.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      You do not mind that millions of people voted who were not eligible to vote, Rick? That number is enough to hijack an election from the lawful voters. Stop dragging your heels. This is a practical way to help close the loopholes. Those millions of false votes show we DO need to fix this loophole. NJ actually had street people being paid $20 dollars & transported to cast votes at several different polling places. One legal voter=one vote!

      December 8, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
      • George

        Millions? Really? You need to stop listening to talk radio. Yes its there and yes they need to do something about it but its not that bad. Just leave me alone and dont increase MY requirements to assert my right to vote. Require a state issued photo ID of some kind and thats it. Anything more than that is punitive. I do agree that the idea of the ID being too expensive is specious at best. It's what.... 20 bucks maybe for a one-time fee?

        Besides, Republicans are just as likely to commit fraud as Democrats. Dont kid yourself. So in the end it pretty much comes out a wash anyways.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  67. Yada yada yada says the left

    Same tired old arguments by the same tired old NAACP. Yawn. Get a state ID. It's easy. End of problem.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  68. Matthew

    If you want to get inspired about rights, watch the new video "FULL JUSTICE MLK" on Youtube.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  69. lib

    Oh, my God, they want people to show ID's! Minorities don't have ID's. That's raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacist!

    December 8, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  70. doesnt matter anyway

    elections are rigged from the get go

    both parties are bought and sold by the banking cartels and the military industrial complex.

    They dont give a damn about this country or what "We the people" think. As long as they get cash from their lobbyists to find their campaigns/

    December 8, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  71. Caiha

    Well, I wish the NAACP a lotta luck, but the US never was, isn't, and never will be a truely free country.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  72. Jennifer

    Funny I'm liberal and I have nothing against showing ID for voting.... I do have something against Neo-con "think tank"(tax shelter)/lobbyist writing bogus reports and laws and buying stupid law makers to push they're zealot unamerican agenda down everyones throat....

    December 8, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  73. Skeptik

    Follow the money (votes). Democrats oppose anything which inhibits access to other people's money, including truth in voting.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  74. Skeptik

    I had to show ID to renew my drivers license, but was not asked for an ID to vote. This is stupid liberal idiocy.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  75. Skeptik

    I had to show ID to buy a fishing license, but no ID to vote?? That is crazy and will lead to the death of democracy.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • pogojo

      ya these laws are really a no brainer. just sad some think it is ok.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  76. Andy

    Since an ID isn't free 120 dollars or so for a passport, state ID's vary from state to state, it's essentially a poll tax. Also what happens if a police officer takes away your drivers license (which they are legally allowed to do in most states) days before an election? Most of the state's new laws require photo ID so Birth Certificate or SS Card wouldn't work. I do agree with the premise of the legislation however there's just some serious kinks to work out.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • pogojo

      Personally i have Drivers license, state id, firearms permit, birth cert, school ID, it is not hard to get ID, well it is if you are illegal.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Ernie

        It's not hard to get if you have the money to pay for it, and the transportation to get it. You didn't address Andy's point that this is essentially a poll tax.

        December 8, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Really???

        Before the last election there were numerous organizations out there transporting people to be registered to vote(sometimes they registered multiple times per person). States will also wave any fees for the indigent. You are using a straw man argument. States need to start fixing a very real problem..... 5 million fraudulent votes. I would like to not repeat the frequent flier voters at the next election for example.....Or the ones without citizenship.....or paroled felons in my state. One eligible citizen, one vote. Become a citizen... Don't commit felonies... Vote only once. This story about the NAACP is full of their specious male bovine fecal matter. Granny needs to stop whinging & get her free birth certificate & ID.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
      • The Real Tom Paine

        5 million fraudulent votes? Sources, please, or are you just shooting copious amounts of bovine fecal matter in the hopes of feeling better?

        December 8, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Rick

        if you are one of the poor with no means of transportation or the elderly that can't drive or the out of town student without a car then it's really not so easy to get an I.D. Let's also remember that many of these states have relocated the offices that issue these I.D.'s to places that are very difficult to get to even if you can take public trans to get there. And they have also shortened the hours of operation. What about the man who was fired from his state job for informing people that the I.D. they needed was actually free. If the 2000 election didn't raise concern over voter fraud, then why now? And why only in the swing states that no one thought President Obama could win? Just coincidence I guess.

        December 8, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
      • H Manuel Montes

        Yes Rick, it's just a coincidence. If you can get to the poll, you can get to the office where you can get an ID!

        December 8, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
      • ricky

        Rick,
        Quit the excuse game. It is way too easy to get legit ID's. If the 2000 election didn't raise concern over voter fraud, then why now? If fraud is being committed most likely it is undetected, this will give a further assurance to prevent it. To even shadow the thought of only the swing states passing this type of legislature is biased, prejudiced and borderline racist fabrication. Every Citezen and non citezen should have a valid ID. It is a line of bs to say it is an inconvience to get one. We have a birth certificate readily available, ALL must have a social security card, the vast majority of Americans drive and all students are required to have ID'S. Get off the excuse wagon for those who feel they are picked on for what should be a no brainer normality to be able to identify oneself.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I'm not arguing that it's not hard i'm just saying if money must leave your bank account for you to vote it's a poll tax. A simple solution would be to make state ID's (not Driver's Licenses) free and ban the physical confiscation of DL's (not driving privileges) 2 months before an election.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • You have no argument

      Generic identification cards are available from the states for next to nothing.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Andy

        It can't be next to nothing, it has to be nothing, since their low it shouldn't be hard for states to cover the costs, just raise the price of cigarettes. That seems to be the solution for everything.

        December 8, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      states that require ID to vote, offer free voter id cards, this is the major reason why voter id laws have passed all the court challenges.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Andy

        didn't know that thanks for clearing it up, it makes me feel a lot better about the legislation. I was wondering how it was standing up to legal challenges.

        December 8, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob

        Completely false. There has been testimony in front of Congress of people asking for the "free" voter id and being told by employees to "Come back tomorrow" or that they would have to wait until they processed driver licenses first. Hard-working poor people can't afford to take off work for multiple days. It's a form of poll tax.

        December 8, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      I'm sure these people produced some ID when it came time to cash their welfare check..... Why shouldn't they be required to show it when they vote?

      December 8, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      The state in the article is waiving the fees for ALL voters needing a birth certificate. No one wants to use drivers licenses because non citizens with visas can have a drivers license too. Social Security cards are already notorious for being hijacked constantly by illegal immigrants. A picture ID specifically for upgrading the old fashioned voter registration card is extremely practical now due to technological advances. Stop trying to hold back systems upgrades that are long overdue.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Drc

      What a joke, if you can't prove who you are you should not be able to vote. If you don't have an ID too bad, save up the low cost and get one. If you work so hard then tell me what job you got without proper ID? It is not a Poll tax, with that logic clothing is a poll tax and discriminatory right? I mean you can't vote naked so you have to buy clothes and in order to live so you can vote you have to buy food. Nonsense, typical liberal mentality that magically somehow effects their main base. Btw a recent study showed the voting % went up after this law was enacted in one state for the supposed disadvantaged.

      Sorry most states require ID be carried at all times to prove who you are in the event the police stop you on the street or otherwise. Perhaps the Supposed poor can use some welfare money to get their ID which begs the question I someone is on welfare and gas no ID how di they qualify.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  77. pogojo

    these laws are working to make things right, we dont need dead voting, or the illegals.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  78. Peter

    Even if you were right, which you are not, how does voter fraud by another name fix that situation? If you really had a point and were truly concerned about voter fraud and cared about this country, you'd work to make things right instead of making them worse. As it is, you are now in no position to complain about what you believe is the dishonest left, because you are now doing the same thing. So zip it.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  79. realmike

    I'm shocked any state would allow someone to vote without a photo id. I've been voting for 16 years in the very Democrat leaning state of Hawaii and we have to show a photo ID every election year.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I have lived in Pennsylvania, Delaware and now New Jersey and no photo I.D. is required when you go to the polls to vote.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Yeah,you're pointing out why this system upgrade is long overdue Rick. There was a scandal during the 2008 election about street people being paid $20 to vote in several polling places they were driven to, after being signed up multiple times in voter registration drives. Looks like PA & NJ do need this new voter ID to keep people honest. I know for a fact that a member of my household had more than 1 voter registration by accident. How many are doing it on purpose, & not correcting it? A computerized statewide picture ID will prevent those multiple voter registrations per person. Remember our system is based upon one person = one vote. What argument can there be against excluding those who vote illegally or cast multiple votes? There are a scores of voters rights organizations to assist everyone in changing over to the new system so your position is a straw man argument. We once had paper driver's licenses without any photo's & they were changed for the same reason, to improve identification. It prevents cheaters from gaming the system.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  80. Peter

    Let's see you site some evidence to back up your claims.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Come out of your cave

      It's common knowledge.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  81. Peter

    Republicans at their best: Dishonest and lacking in moral character. These, mind you, are the same people who call themselves the "true Americans." Denying people the right to vote is the last thing that being American is. When you have to waive the flag so vigorously, when you have to repeat all the time that you are a patriot, it's because you know that you are neither. And when you have to put down and take away the rights of others who don't think like you, it's because you know that you can't win by honest means.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • pogojo

      noone is stopping anyone from voting,(except the black panthers). All you need is ID, every citizen already has this. quit with the spin.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Rick

        If you are scared by a group of Black men just standing around then that's your problem; because that's all they were doing. The Black Panthers have never stopped anyone from voting like White America ( the Klan, Coch brothers, etc)has and continues to try to do. Why was no one afraid of the Tea Party people armed for war when President Obama was in town to deliver a speech. Was it because they were white men and therefore non-threatening?

        December 8, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Alex in NJ

        First off, people were afraid by that. Otherwise you would not have known it happened. People were concerned, and that's why it made the news. Second, no, in Philly the Black Panthers were intimidating all voters into voting for Obama. I know people who were there, that's what was going on. They weren't standing around. They were standing around in military fatigues carrying weapons. Just like the KKK used to do. I know this may come as a shock to you, so sit down and brace yourself. Black people are capable of being just a racist, and just as horrible as White people.

        December 8, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • H Manuel Montes

      Hey peterhead, I'm a democrat and have been for over 40 years. I have a photo ID and vote every year. I can't believe people are complaining about an ID. Suck it up, get your ID and vote, at least we may have a better idea that it was you voting, Mr. Peterhead.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • therealhawkman

      Ah. And was it a Republican that stated, publicly that "We have to pass the Bill (Health Care Reform – or whatever it is called now) in order to know what's in it? Now that is really being up front and clear. Republicans are no more or no less responsible for this bs than Democrats. Get off the partisan ideology and stick to the issue here.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  82. Be careful

    I think all of you may be missing the point. Allowing to put ID restrictions may seen innocent and a no brainer. But this can open a door for more restrictions in voting in the future. Just look back in history on that. Many you are focusing on illegals and you have your right to be up in arms. But big picture this can be the start of more attacks on your right to vote. Be careful what you wish for.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  83. nina

    Someone please explain this to me like I'm a 4-year old because I just don't get it? What is wrong with requiring people to show ID to vote? Why is there even a discussion?

    December 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • pogojo

      the dems want the illegals to vote,that is why this is a issue.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Scriptfoo

        You apparently didn't read the article and are running with the assumption that illegals currently can vote. These new laws are intended to make it more difficult for registered voters by saddling additional requirements just to vote, and were fashioned by a conservative group to address a nearly non-existent problem. To me, the irony is that conservatives are the first to complain about more government regulation.

        December 8, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
      • pogojo

        oh no, people need ID to vote, thats just crazy. get a state ID and move on.

        December 8, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Really???

        We had paper drivers licenses without photo ID 30 years ago & upgraded to photo licenses to improve positive identification & prevent non authorized people from using them. That is precisely what this will do by upgrading the paper voter registration card & require a photo ID that proves voter eligibility. It does not exclude anyone eligible from voting their one vote per person. There are so many voter assistance organizations to help with the transition that it is a straw man argument to say it will keep voters from participating. It WILL keep the cheaters from gaming the system.....5 MILLION frauds.....That's a lot of fraud.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Simple: Republicans are not trying to prevent voter fraud that doesn't exist, they are trying to put up more obstacles to vote. The more you require from people, the more likely it is that some will not meet the requirement–maybe they lost their ID and haven't had a new one made, maybe they they had their wallet stolen, some people are poor and don't have their birth certificates and can't get id's or it's difficult for them to do so, etc. There are enough people in this country that that number adds up, so fewer people will vote. The fewer people vote, the better for Republicans who always lose when the country comes out en masse to vote. So, on the face of it, your question sounds reasonable, but dig a little deeper and you can see the issue.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  84. Courtney

    The Voting Rights Act itself is illegal. No state should be singled out by the Justice dept. The law of the US should be the law any where,

    December 8, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  85. Not a white-brown, black-brown issue. Right vs Wrong issue

    So what if someone without an ID commits a criminal act, how do you id them to get justice for the victims?

    I live in Cali (about to move can't wait) in a sanctuary city. If an undoc hits and totals your car there is nothing you can do. They don't have insurance, won't pay for your hospital bills, family bills while ur missing work. And the police cannot arrest the undoc since it is a "safe haven".
    If you hit them you better get the wallet out with DL and insurance or go to jail.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      It is called the double standards of the left. Funny, they preach understanding, equality and rights for all as long as you share their beliefs, but the moment you have an idea or opion that does not match their rank and file, be prepared to be called every name in the liberal hand book. H Y P O C R I T E S

      December 8, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  86. yahmez

    I went through a 3 month hassle to get identification after a police officer took my license away. I am against these laws because I know how difficult it is to get IDs in some states. You should be able to identify yourself with a fingerprint.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  87. MIKE

    To all the idiots out there that think that everything is so simple in their little world, will it is time to wake up and smell the roses .People in this fine country of ours were born in a place some have a birth certificate and some don't or never new were they were born because when you are poor you have nothing that includes parents to tell you were you were born, so life isn't so simple is it

    December 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tia

      Those that can't get identification can't get a job or welfare benefits so I doubt voting is high on their list of priorities. And let's be honest, if you're so stupid that you can't get identification, the rest of us would prefer you didn't vote. It isn't hard to do, unless you were raised in the woods by wolves and have never even been registered in school (in which case, again, I think we can do without your vote since you aren't exactly contributing to society).

      December 8, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • H Manuel Montes

      Hey Mike, GET AN ID AND VOTE! I am a democratic voter who voted for Obama. Get an ID!

      December 8, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  88. UhYeaOk

    The NAACP lose it's relevance by the day. They have to rustle up the hens in order to get attention.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  89. H H

    Wait, so they are saying minorities are more likely to have felony convictions or similar that gets in their way of getting an id? Sounds racist to me, I'm calling the naacp. Oh wait....

    December 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Mange

    I completely agree with the NAACP. It is insane that they would not want us minorities to vote. Many minorities and students do not have I.D. This is racist on many levels and disgusting.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Go to your local state office and get a freakin ID! No ID no vote...next.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • KnowsBest

      These laws are necessary. You people voted in record numbers last time and look at how it trashed our country – bad economy, surrender in Iraq and afganistan, threats to raise taxes on those of us that work. Anything that keeps you away from the poles helps this country!

      December 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flamespeak

      Go to the DMV and get a state identification card. It isn't hard to get one at all and is pretty cheap to boot. There is no reason you should not have some form of picture ID at the age of 18. period.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • CWC

        So true

        December 8, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        In Michigan it's been the law that EVERYONE 18 or older must possess a valid photo ID and must either carry it on their person or have immediate access to it at all times. Failure to produce said valid photo ID whenever a police officer asks to see it is fineable/jailable misdemeanor and usually gets you immediately arrested. It's been this way as far back as I can remember and I'm pushin' 50.

        Nothing wrong with it, at all.

        December 8, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      There are people in Wisconsin that will help you get an ID if you don't drive. I see no problem with this law.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Tia

      Being a minority isn't an excuse for being too lazy or stupid to get an ID card. It really isn't that difficult if you actually want to vote rather than just needing a convenient excuse for not voting, like "oh, it's so RACIST of them to expect me to go get identification".

      December 8, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Since an ID isn't free 120 dollars or so for a passport, state ID's vary from state to state, it's essentially a poll tax. Also what happens if a police officer takes away your drivers license (which they are legally allowed to do in most states) days before an election? Most of the state's new laws require photo ID so Birth Certificate or SS Card wouldn't work. I do agree with the premise of the legislation however there's just some serious kinks to work out.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Flamespeak

        Actually, getting an ID for voting or state identification IS free (or at the most $20 for a lot of states) your argument leaves a lot to be desired. If you are indegent, then you can get a state identification card with no cost in most areas.

        Not having some kind of federal ID at the age of 18 is the fault of the 18 year old at this point.

        December 8, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  91. Smalltowner

    Well actually....because we use the electoral college process too elect our presidents...many feel one should have a college education and show proof with a diploma ect. too be eligible too vote...Another GOP idea.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      What evidence do you have of this? I am a Democrat and am opposed to these Voter ID laws but that doesn't sound like a GOP idea. Remember that college-educated voters voted heavily for Obama in '08.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • UhYeaOk

      And yet another whiney democrat crying foul. Having people prove they are who they say they are in order to vote is practicle and non discriminatory. If you can get food stamps or CHIPS or other aid you can get an ID card. I don't say that to pick on people on food stamps etc, I say it to make a point.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Shawn

    This article is ridiculous. Yet another alarmist outcry from the NAACP, an organization that struggles to stay relevant. Why is the requirement of a legitimate ID even contested? How are minorities at all disproportionately affected by the requirement of ID? The only group I can think of that is affected by this requirement is illegal immigrants, who have no business voting in US elections anyways. This might be extreme, but why not have literacy tests? The literacy rate in the US is at 99%. People will complain that this is discrimination against the uneducated. But why should the uneducated even vote in our society? Democracy only works when its citizens are educated, participate, and make educated voting and political decisions. Do you really think a person that cannot at the very least pass a literacy test be expected to make an educated, politically responsible voting decision?

    December 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmdm

      "Why should the uneducated even get a vote?", you write. Every American gets a vote. How difficult is that? We don't need people telling us who can and cannot vote here. So your idea about the uneducated not voting is just ridiculous. Just because someone can't read doesn't mean the legislation that is passed doesn't affect them, and it certainly doesn't void their vote. EVERYONE GETS A VOTE. Illegals, no vote. Uneducated, get a vote. Deal with it.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Michael

        The GOP would lose half it's voting base if the uneducated were not allowed to vote. There goes the redneck and evangelical vote if this is allowed to happen.

        December 8, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Shep

      I can't figure this out either. Requiring an ID is a no brainer. Why is it assumed that this would "impact minorities" at all? What they really mean is that it keeps illegals from voting. And yes, I suppose that most of the illegals are minorities. Why should anyone care? Would we assume that we could vote if we were illegally in another country? every other country in the world takes precautions when it comes to voting- otherwise voting doesn't mean anything. Here's another example of us being told that we should be ashamed of come common sense thing that every other country on the planet does. Not buying it. Sorry. Maybe they could tell us that owning cats is discriminatory and hurts minorities/the elderly/the handicapped? That would be just as believable as this nonsense.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  93. TexDad53

    What assaults voting rights is for my vote, legitimately cast, to be cancelled out by another vote illegitimately cast. THAT is the real problem we face, not the "disenfranchisement" of non-qualified voters.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • trashtrailor

      legitimate voter = person who shares my views
      illegitimate voter = person who doesn't share my views

      December 8, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  94. Fr33th1nk3r

    Nobody should take the NAACP seriously anymore– ever since affirmative action and the whole galaxy of minority college funds and scholarships out there, the NAACP has been firing blanks. So...we are racist for expecting voters to be able to identify themselves as citizens of this country and registered voters before they can vote? Civil rights groups like this would have us live in an anarchist society with no controls, if they had their way.

    December 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  95. imaguard

    Restricting access to the polls is a GOOD idea. Registered voters ONLY, and you'd better be prepared to prove who you are. Anyone who is civic-minded enough to cast a vote should be civic-minded enough to carry some form of state-issued identification. Sorry, that's the norm; get with the program and stop asking the program to get with you.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      I could not care less about felons. They blew their chance to be productive citizens when they chose to be criminals. What concerns me is the elderly. For alot of them the only value they feel they have somtimes is their duty to vote. In our society when the apathy that is shown it is lucky if 40-45% of our population can even get to the polls. Of course they are always the ones crying about how bad the government is.

      If the elderly have lost their lisence to drive and now the government says you need a picture I.D to vote what are they to do. The government has been screwing around with the National I.D for years. Is that our fault? I do not think so.

      There are many in both Houses of Congress who were willing to push through voting machines without paper backups than there are this and I really want to know why. And you should want to know as well!!

      December 7, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • adam

        Nearly all states have an ID card that has nothing to do with your ability to drive. So there are options.

        December 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shep

        A non-driver ID is easy to get, and they will even waive the fee if you cant pay it. If you can;t be bothered to get one, why should any concessions be made for you?

        December 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  96. idb

    Nonsense, the laws block illegal aliens from voting. If the NAACP is so worried about those laws they should start complaining about illegals.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  97. James

    Why are we even having this debate? I can't believe in the year 2011 a person legally in this country can't get a state or Federal photo identification card. And the statement in paragraph two above, "Many live without a driver’s licenses or reliable transportation, or have had their voting rights removed due to felony convictions." is ridiculous to even bring up about convicted felons. Why did the author even mention convicted felons? Are you serious? They are not allowed to vote for a reason. IT'S THE LAW. I don't personally agree with it but it is the law.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      They are allowed to vote, by law, after their sentence is completed. The problem, however, is not the felons (ex-felons), but the fact that many of these states also maintain a faulty database of names. If your name is on the list, it doesn't matter whether you were the felon or not - you are blocked from voting. This happens to rich and poor alike. The rich, however, live in neighborhoods where polling places have better technology and can clear the problem up quickly; the poor generally have to settle for being denied because they share a name with someone else who committed a crime. This information is backed up by the results from recent elections.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  98. KeninTexas

    I don't see the problem with having to provide valid ID to vote. If you don't have a drivers license, most states offer a state ID card that can be used. This is just a red herring issue. The only ones who are complaining about it must be upset that they won't be able to rig elections again in the future. Wonder what group that can be? Pretty much any one you name! All politicians are liars and thieves, so we need to do anything we can to prevent voter fraud.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Opieasy

    Im an afro American and i had no problems going to vote. I also live in kansas. i didnt have any issues getting to my local voting station

    December 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Kyle

    No ID. No Vote..Pretty simple.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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