“In November of 2011, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 14, creating a new requirement for voters to show photo identification while voting in person. While pending review within the judicial system, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively ended all pending litigation. As a result, voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections.” (1) When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID. Then, the voter will be put through a secondary precaution which is the official list of registered voters also know as the, “OLRV”.
Voter ID laws are meant to control cases of voter fraud according to Professor Justin Levitt, from Loyola Law School, discovered, “there were only 31 incidents of the type of voter fraud that could have been prevented by voter ID laws...”. Voters may think voter ID laws are an exaggeration, but it is not considering it secures every vote and verifies if the person is eligible to vote. Everyone is eligible to vote should have a form of ID since IDs are asked for throughout the day. Voter ID laws do not burden the minority for there are other ways of receiving an ID. Seniors, individual older than 60, receive a free ID at the DMV and it last much more longer.
Recently, state-issued photo ID has been required in order vote since the law passed in the Texas legislature. This law has caused controversy as it brings up the question over the state’s power in the regulation of elections. “While pending review within the judicial system, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively ended all pending litigation. As a result, voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections” (votetexas.gov). The U.S. Supreme Court struck down on Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the Shelby County v. Holder case.
Voter identification so far is a hotly contested policy of election. Proponents have to maintain the vote Identification cards in order to avoid any kind of voting cheatings. Critics on the other side believe and contend that voter fraud now a time is very rare and identification requirements disenfranchise effectively some of the Americans that also includes racial minorities, elderly including some of the disabled. In general, the voting laws are measures that are intended to make sure that a registered person/voter is the one who he/she says he/she assuming not a impersonator who is trying to cast a vote under someone else’s name. These laws, most of which have been strengthened in the due last five years, requires that registered voters are required to show some identification before they can
Voter ID laws are two sided, but most Americans feel that it is necessary to prevent voter fraud. Republicans feel that an individual should already have a state ID because this is required by so many government agencies. Unfortunately, the Democrats are the ones to be most likely affected due to their voters’ economic status, disabilities and age. Whereas, Democrats believe that it is a tactic to defer their supporters from voting.
Many politicians blame the 2011 Texas Voter ID Law as the cause for many of the issues with voter turnout. This law states which forms of photo identification can be used at the voting booths and some say it violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination to
This unfamiliarity and thought of the process being confusing deters the younger people from registering to vote in the first place. By removing this process, voters can just show up to cast their votes and move on with their day without worrying about this potentially confusing process. These three methods combined could increase the voter turnout for each
We often assume that the reason behind the low voter turnout in the U.S. is due to institutional challenges (i.e. voter ID laws, registration, costs). Therefore, reformers most often focus on offering and improving various forms of convenience voting to increase turnout. Skeptics such as Graeme Orr argue that “voting whenever, from wherever, is a ‘lifestyle’ option.” Another skeptic, Adam J. Breinsky, argues that convenience voting has “perverse consequences on election reform” and that encouraging political engagement is more valuable than pursuing institutional changes. Although convenience voting offers flexibility and comfort, it is imperative not to overlook what Election Day is supposed to be: a communal event.
The Texas Voter ID Law was put passed in 2011 and implemented in 2013.The law states that in order to vote each citizen must present one of the seven forms of identification. Any of the following would be considered an acceptable form of identification: Texas driver license, Texas personal identification card, a Texas Election identification certificate, Texas concealed handgun license, a United States passport, a United state military identification card that has the person’s photo, and a United States citizenship certificate that has the person’s photo. I believe that the Texas Voter ID Law is consistent with the federal standards, the law will not affect the voter turnout by much in Texas, and I do think that requiring a photo ID to vote is a good policy. The U.S. Constitution and federal laws place limits on the state’s power to establish
This act was signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. It outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting, also in those years, African Americans in the South faced tremendous obstacles to voting, including poll taxes, literacy tests, and other bureaucratic restrictions to deny them the right to vote. They also risked harassment, intimidation, economic reprisals, and physical violence when they tried to register or vote. As a result, very few African Americans were registered voters, and they had very little, if any, political power, either locally or nationally.
Barbara Boxer once said,“Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President.” This quote is a perfect example of why the Voters Suppression shouldn’t happen at anytime, though yesterday voters in the Wayne County District didn’t take advantage of voting at all. Voting should be offered to society and took under consideration if the requirements are met, every vote counts.Voter Suppression was a definite strategy used yesterday for several people not to vote, especially in Vermont voters and poll workers were faced with locked polling places, long lines, Power outage, and Ballot shortages. In Philadelphia a Republican inspector got caught entering a machine and pushing buttons for a voter. In the North Carolina the Republican party made rational comments about African American voters, and local board members of the party decided to request a reduce the time limit for polls. Voters need to be on the statewide checklist to vote, if a voter isn’t on the checklist he or she cannot vote, if a student has his or her ID they shouldn’t have problems checking during voting season.
We see multiple successes of voting equality attempted through amendments, however, the Supreme Court’s decision on Shelby County v. Holder has pushed back years and years of effort for voting rights. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling was in Shelby County’s favor, stating that the Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional along with Section 5. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr, who wrote the majority’s opinion, said that the power to regulate election was reserved to the states, not the federal government. As a result to the court’s decision, the federal government can no longer determine which voting law discriminates and can be passed. After the case, many states had freely passed new voting laws; the most common voting law states passed
The Voting Rights Act was one of the most revolutionary bills ever passed by the congressional legislation in the United States. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill into law on August 6th, 1965, not only as part of politics but also, a depiction of morals. Since 1965, it has protected minority voters at the polls, but it has been fifty years since the Voting Rights Act has been passed and it is still a controversial topic that is constantly debated on today. The voting rights of all minorities throughout the country are once again under attack which impacts one’s ability to exercise his or her constitutional right as a citizen.
Suppressing black votes is not only a thing of the past. In the early 1840’s, Frederick Douglass became a registered voter in Massachusetts. He escaped slavery from Maryland travelling to New York and then to New Bedford. Before becoming a public figure in American history, he was had committed voter fraud, using an assumed name. Being an illegal immigrant and a fugitive slave in Massachusetts, it was necessary for him to be registered under a new name as it is against the law.
The Civil Right Acts ended segregation for many things and voting was also a part of that, the discrimination that happened was based on citizens’ race, religion, gender or the origin from which they came from. Norm Ornstein in the article “The U.S. Should Require All Citizens to Vote” said “Americans rebel viscerally against the idea of taking away the freedom not to vote,” the one who rule against mandatory voting are stepping on our history. (Par 6). Many had lost their lives fighting over equal rights; as an American citizen, it is our duty is to be grateful for the opportunity and luxury that have been provided for us. Ornstein’s statement should help American citizens’ realize that there is no such thing as ‘freedom not to vote’, and how would they feel if the freedom to vote is taken away from