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Voter Suppression

Voter suppression, the new photo ID law, and why they are unfair.

By Jason Troll

WCSU Student

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion of the issue of voter suppression with the presidential election less than two weeks away. Just the other day on the news, it was reported that big businesses are saying that they will have to lay off a number of workers if the party they don’t like gets elected into office. This is unfair to say the least. Obviously the majority of those workers are going to take their job into huge consideration before voting, seeing how difficult it is to find careers in today’s economy.

There is also a new photo ID law that has been recently enforced in several US states.  This law requires voters to present a government-approved photo ID before they can vote.  Supporters of this law say that showing photographic IDs is a minor inconvenience because they are nearly universal. People who oppose this law say the photo ID requirements effect minority, handicapped and elderly voters who don’t normally have driver’s licenses.

Some other strategies to suppress votes are felon disenfranchisement, which is not allowing previous felons the right to vote.  Disinformation about voting procedures is another way, but it is more rare to see people receive false information about where and when to vote.

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JWolf October 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I have no issue with showing an ID to be able to vote. I am not sure how long CT has had it where you have to show a Valid ID to vote but I have always had to show one since I started voting back in 1989
Semmas October 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I also have no problem with showing i.d. to vote. I had to show picture i.d. at my doctor's last week, along with my insurance card! Apparently fraud is everywhere and people are now stealing other people's insurance cards. I honestly don't understand why minorities are disenfranchised because they have to show voter i.d.?
Dan Carter October 25, 2012 at 02:49 PM
If it is unfair "that big businesses are saying that they will have to lay off a number of workers if the party they don’t like gets elected into office," then isn't it unfair to characterize the effort of those who want to require IDs to vote as “Voter Suppression?” There are many businesses who believe they will not be able to survive if the current policies continue. There are also many people who believe the only way to protect the integrity of our elections is to require an ID. In fact, I have advocated for giving a free ID to those who do not have a driver’s license.
Mark Langlois (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 05:48 PM
(Editor's Note: This comment was written by Michael, a member of the Advertising, Copywriting and Promtions class that is writing this blog to support voting on Nov. 6.)"There is absolutely nothing wrong with requiring voters to have to show identification when they go to vote. The biggest reason to show identification is to avoid voter fraud. Someone should not be able to just to to a polling location, say his or her name and then be checked off the list as they go to vote. There is a big problem with this, which is that the person can pretend to be someone else and then state that person's name. Then when the real person decides to vote, they won't have a chance to do so. When a young person gets carded at a bar to make sure they are 21 they don't look at the bartender and say no, I will not show you ID because that's suppression. It is about safety and protecting yourself and those around you. Voter Identification laws do the same thing. They help ensure that elections are fair and accurate.
Mark Langlois (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
(Editor's Note: This comment was written by Kat, a member of the Advertising, Copywriting and Promtions class that is writing this blog to support voting on Nov. 6.) "The problem with voter ID laws is that not everyone has access to getting a driver's license. The easiest way to demonstrate this is say you are 78 years old and you live in the city and never had a driver's license. You haven't seen your birth certificate in decades. You are informed and active but the idea of searching or sending away for your birth certificate is daunting. You have always voted and never missed a presidential election, and now your vote is being suppressed and you are afraid to go to the polls and be humiliated.
Observer October 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM
(Editor's Note: I'm farming free content from my WCSU students because I can't effectively cover the news in this city.)

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