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Five Million Voters May Lose Rights in the 2012 Elections

Friday, 09 March 2012 05:36 By Brentin Mock, | Report
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Today’s Super Tuesday primary involves 10 states and 437 delegates at stake for the Republican Party’s presidential prospects. There are two states among that crop that are worth taking a look at: Georgia and Tennessee. Both are emblems for a growing, and troubling, legislative trend in which new election laws mandate citizens to produce photo identification to vote, ask people to prove their citizenship to vote, or outright curtail voter registration efforts.

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, as many as five million eligible voters could meet difficulties this Election Day due to these new, imposing voter laws.

There are currently eight states with photo voter ID laws containing specific criteria for what qualifies as “identification” for voting purposes. Some states require that identification be state-issued and only for the state a person is voting in; some prohibit college IDs; some demand that the full name and address on the card be current; while some require that an ID card has an expiration date.

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Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock is a Washington DC-based journalist and contributor to Demos blog PolicyShop on voting rights and civil rights. He also serves as a reporting fellow for where he covers national politics, and as a contributor at, covering environmental justice. He previously served as lead reporter for Voting Rights Watch 2012, a joint effort between Colorlines and The Nation magazine. You can read some his other work at Next American City, Facing South, The Root, In These Times, American Prospect and The Washington Post.

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