TINTON FALLS, NJ - The public is invited to come learn more about the effects of new restrictive voting laws at this free program jointly sponsored by the Greater Red Bank Area League of Women Voters and the Social Action Committee of Monmouth Reform
Jonathan Brater, Counsel for the
In 2011, state governments across the country enacted an array of new laws making it harder to register or to vote. Among the most prominent examples of this phenomenon are requirements that voters show government-issued photo identification, often of a type that as many as one in ten voters do not have. Voter identification laws were enacted in eight states in 2011. Before last year, only two states had such laws in effect. Additionally, voter identification legislation was introduced in at least 34 states.
Voter identification laws, along with other restrictive voting laws enacted in the 2011-12 legislative session, could have a significant effect on the 2012 election. All told, these new laws could make it more difficult for up to five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012. The effects of voter identification laws could be felt most strongly by members of minority groups, students and older voters, who are less likely to have access to government-issued photo identification than other citizens. Supporters of voter identification laws often cite the need to prevent voter fraud; however, in-person voter impersonation, which is the only type of voter fraud that these laws prevent, is extremely rare, calling into question the wisdom of this policy.