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July 18, 2012
Re "A poll tax in disguise," Opinion, July 15 Bruce Ackerman and Jennifer Nou say a Texas law will block the poor from voting because it requires voters to provide valid documentation that they are U.S. citizens, and because they would have to pay to obtain such documentation. I agree that a citizen should not have to pay money to vote and that the poor should be provided appropriate identification at public expense. However, I wonder how many of the poor drive automobiles, receive welfare or perform activities that require (or should require)
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NATIONAL
January 17, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A Pennsylvania judge struck down the key portion of the state's strict voter identification law, saying it unreasonably hinders people from exercising what is a fundamental right. In a 103-page ruling, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley held that the law's requirement that the state's 8.2 million voters show photo identification before casting a ballot was unconstitutional. The law was passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed in 2012 by Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, despite the protest of every Democrat lawmaker.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1998
As a Dutch national, unable to vote here until now, I never realized that you don't have to show a photo ID in the U.S. to vote. I wonder why there is apparently so much resistance to changing this practice? Nobody has a problem showing a driver's license for a $10 credit card charge. I don't think that there are many democracies where you can vote without establishing your identity. Now I understand why there are so many accusations of voter fraud and, looking at the sloppy process, many are probably true.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2013 | By David Zucchino
DURHAM, N.C.--One of the nation's most restrictive voter ID bills was signed into law Monday by North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican. The new law requires voters to show government-issued ID cards, with polling places not allowed to accept college ID cards or out-of-state driver's licenses. The law also shortens early voting by a week; eliminates same-day voter registration; allows any registered voter to challenge another voter's eligibility; and ends popular preregistration for high school students.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | By Michael McGough
As someone who writes a lot about court decisions, I can vouch for the fact that actually reading the opinions can spoil the fun. A court's rationale is often more complicated and technical than the first takeaway from the decision would suggest. Sometimes, it's true, the jurisprudential rigmarole is just a rationalization for an outcome-driven discussion, but that happens less often than cynics think.  I offer these observations to explain why I'm less outraged than some people about a Pennsylvania judge's refusal to block implementation of that state's voter ID law -- a law, I think, that is mischievous and politically motivated.
OPINION
August 12, 2012 | By Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom
Without a personal identification card issued by some level of government, you are a second-class citizen. You cannot board an airplane, ride an Amtrak train, buy a six-pack of beer or a pack of cigarettes, open a checking account, enter many public and some private office buildings or even attend an NAACP convention without proving that you are who you say you are. You cannot even qualify for means-tested public support programs such as Medicaid without...
NATIONAL
August 12, 2013 | By David Zucchino
DURHAM, N.C.--One of the nation's most restrictive voter ID bills was signed into law Monday by North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican. The new law requires voters to show government-issued ID cards, with polling places not allowed to accept college ID cards or out-of-state driver's licenses. The law also shortens early voting by a week; eliminates same-day voter registration; allows any registered voter to challenge another voter's eligibility; and ends popular preregistration for high school students.
NATIONAL
September 24, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
South Carolina took its fight for a voter identification law to a federal panel Monday, the latest state to do battle on one of the more crucial fronts of this year's elections: who gets to cast a ballot. The federal Justice Department turned thumbs down on the South Carolina law last year, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act, designed to protect access, particularly by minorities, to the polls. Closing arguments in the case were scheduled for Monday; the trial phase was in August.
OPINION
September 28, 2006 | PATT MORRISON
EARLY ON election day last June, someone broke into a poll worker's garage in the Central Valley town of Sanger and stole 1,000 blank ballots and two voting machines. Sinister, no? Florida 2000! Ohio 2004! Turns out the guy they arrested was just some 20-year-old who'd been busted before -- for penny-ante stuff like underage smoking. Maybe he figured he could fence the machines at a swap meet. Anyway, stealing elections by stealing voting equipment is so '90s.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
With less than two weeks to go before the July 18 primary, a judge in Atlanta issued a restraining order blocking the state's new voter ID law, saying that requiring photos as proof of identity was an unconstitutional burden. Superior Court Judge Melvin Westmoreland said that the Legislature did not have the authority to enforce the law and that an amendment to the state constitution would be required instead.
NATIONAL
June 17, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed with the Obama administration Monday in yet another of its confrontations with Arizona, striking down a state law on voter registrations and ruling that states may not require new applicants to show proof of their citizenship. In a surprisingly lopsided 7-2 decision, the justices said the federal Motor Voter Act and its simple registration form sets the national standard for signing up new voters, and states are not free to add extra qualifications.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - When elections officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., checked out a form indicating that Carlos Ferrer, 36, wanted a new voter ID, they knew something was wrong. Ferrer is 43, and, instead of his home, the form listed his address as the Land Rover dealership where he works. Ferrer didn't fill out the form. It was one of the suspicious registrations linked to a voter turnout campaign financed by the Republican National Committee, an operation that has spawned criminal investigations in Florida and elsewhere.
NATIONAL
October 8, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Earlier this year, voting rights advocates foresaw a cloud over this year's election because new voting laws in Republican-led states tightened the rules for casting ballots and reduced the time for early voting. But with the election less than a month away, it's now clear those laws will have little impact. A series of rulings has blocked or weakened the laws as judges - both Republicans and Democrats - stopped measures that threatened to bar legally registered voters from polling places in the November election.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By David G. Savage
A state judge has blocked Pennsylvania's new photo ID requirement from being enforced in the November election, ruling state officials failed to assure that all the eligible and registered voters would have the needed identification. The decision did not strike down the photo ID law, but puts it on hold until the next election. However, state officials can appeal to the state Supreme Court. The ruling is a victory for civil rights advocates who said the newly required photo ID could prevent tens of thousands of older and minority voters from casting a ballot this year.  While the vast majority of Pennsylvanians can use their drivers license as a valid identification, several hundred thousand registered voters who do not drive did not have an acceptable ID card under the terms of the state's strict law. “We are very glad voters will not be turned away from the polls this November if they do not have an ID,” said Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis.
NATIONAL
October 2, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania's strict new photo ID requirement, which critics said could prevent tens of thousands of eligible voters from casting ballots, will not be enforced in the November election. A state judge blocked the new rule Tuesday after deciding state officials had failed to take steps to make sure all registered voters would be able to get the identification card they would need. "In the remaining five weeks before the general election, the gap between the photo IDs issued and the estimated need will not be closed," said Judge Robert Simpson.
NATIONAL
September 24, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
South Carolina took its fight for a voter identification law to a federal panel Monday, the latest state to do battle on one of the more crucial fronts of this year's elections: who gets to cast a ballot. The federal Justice Department turned thumbs down on the South Carolina law last year, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act, designed to protect access, particularly by minorities, to the polls. Closing arguments in the case were scheduled for Monday; the trial phase was in August.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on whether that state can enforce its new photo ID law for the November election, as it told a trial judge to take a skeptical look at whether registered voters will be denied the right to cast a ballot.        The judge must assure "there will be no voter disenfranchisement arising out of the ID requirement," the state justices said. The 4-2 decision is a tentative victory for voting rights advocates who have asserted the new requirement will keep tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians from voting this year.
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