Monday, December 22, 2014

Recommended Reading

I've been saying here for years that the whole notion of requiring voters to display identification at the polls is a solution in search of a problem. Given the negligible percentage of folks who actually vote fraudulently, and the substantial number of people who are unable to vote thanks to new restrictions, it amounts to a poll tax by another name. Here's Ezra Klein on a new study on this "issue":
Out of roughly a billion votes cast, he found 31 credible cases of voter ID fraud. And that is, he thinks, an overestimate. At the same time, thousands of people really are being turned away from polling places because they don't have the right ID. So voter ID laws fix a fake problem by creating a very real one.
Yep. More here.

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