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Voter ID laws and voter fraud

August 14, 2012


A voter shows her ID in the Pennsylvania primary election on April 24, 2012. (Jeremy Long/AP)

Hour 2

A ruling in the legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s voter-identification law is expected any day.  The measure, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in March, requires Pennsylvanians to present a state-approved photo identification at the polls in an effort to prevent impersonation fraud.  Opponents of the law contend that cases of voter fraud are extremely rare and that the law will disenfranchise eligible voters.   So where does support for such laws come from and does the public really understand the impact of voter identification laws in Pennsylvania and across the nation.  We’ll turn to University of Delaware professor DAVID WILSON who recently conducted a survey to assess public opinion on voter ID laws.  Then, we’re joined by Rutgers University professor LORRAINE MINNITE who has extensively studied voter fraud in the U.S.  She’ll explain what voter fraud is whether or not it threatens the integrity of our elections.

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