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VoterID : controversy in Pennsylvania and the nation

VoterID : controversy in Pennsylvania and the nation

08/16/2012
Surprise, surprise. A Commonwealth Court judge rejected the challenge to Pennsylvania's voter ID law. I can't even say I'm shocked. Angry? Darned right I am. But shocked?
Josh and Katy Vander Kamp met in drug rehab. In the seven years since, they have been rebuilding their lives in Apache Junction, Ariz., a small town east of Phoenix.
A growing number of conservative Republican state legislators worked fervently during the last two years to enact laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. Lawmakers proposed 62 photo-ID bills in 37 states in the 2011 and 2012 sessions, with multiple bills introduced in some states, including two by Democrats in Rhode Island. Ten states have passed strict photo-ID laws since 2008, though several face legal challenges. A News21 analysis found that more than half of the 62 bills were sponsored by members or conference attendees of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Washington-based, tax-exempt organization.
Despite widespread support for voter IDs, polling experts say the public is poorly informed about the controversial laws and their potential impact on the November presidential election.
A nationwide analysis shows that in-person voter impersonation on Election Day was nearly nonexistent.
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Voting laws have been enacted nationwide, including Pennsylvania, which some warn will suppress the vote in the November presidential election.

 

About this project:

"Who Can Vote?" was produced by News21, a national investigative reporting project involving college journalism students across the country and headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. News21 is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

For the complete Voting Rights in America project, visit: http://votingrights.news21.com

The Philadelphia Inquirer will publish parts of the series in print and here on philly.com.