Voter ID, voter fraud and legislation sweeping the nation
December 20, 2011
Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled General Assembly is on the verge of passing a controversial bill requiring voters show a government-issued photo identification before they can cast their ballots. The House passed the Voter ID bill in June, and the Senate is now considering changes that would expand the list of acceptable photo IDs, and whatever emerges from the Senate is expected to be signed by Governor Tom Corbett. But the Democratic minority is crying foul, saying the legislation is actually designed to suppress voter turnout among voters who tend to vote Democratic, and is fixing a problem – “voter fraud” – that has been blown out of all proportion by Republicans and their allies. Pennsylvania is just one of many states in the midst of passing or having recently passed Voter ID legislation. Joining us to discuss the political context for this legislation, and the facts behind voter fraud and Voter ID laws, are KEESHA GASKINS, Senior Counsel in the Democracy Program of The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; ARI BERMAN, contributing writer for The Nation magazine and author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics; and CAROL AICHELE, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth and lead elections-supervision official.