Current voter ID laws are voter suppression laws. They perverse our democracy and perpetuate failures of the existing version of our marketplace of ideas
Voting fraud is among the most rare forms of skullduggery in our United States, and yet, every state legislature grapples with its own version of a photo ID law. This disconnect begs the question, why pass these laws at all?
Democracy only works when most people vote and participate. Voting should be encouraged, facilitated, easy, and free from coercion and fraud.
Few if any people actually commit voter fraud, but some people are trying to make it harder to vote anyway.
Judge Richard Posner authored a federal appeals court decision upholding the nation’s first voter ID law, a common voter suppression law that disproportionately disenfranchises people of color, students and low income voters. He now says he was wrong.
It may not be a problem, it may not even be real, but it’s illegal!