Monday, October 15, 2012
Survey Finds If State Had Voter ID, 1 In 10 Don't
If Illinois had a voter ID law, 685,000 residents — about 1 of every 10 voters — could not cast a ballot. That’s according to the results of a statewide survey released recently by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
“We all want clean elections," said David Yepsen, director of the nonpartisan institute, in a statement. "yet no one should inadvertently disenfranchise voters either. This poll shows Illinois policy makers need to tread carefully if they want to pursue voter ID laws.”
The poll results are in line with other research that shows about 11 percent of voters nationwide lack a government-issued photo ID, according to figures compiled by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. The research notes that the percentage is higher for senior citizens, minorities, people with disabilities, low-income voters and students, mainly because they lack access to their birth certificates, which are required to obtain the photo IDs and can be expensive or difficult to track down.
Yepsen said he does not expect a voter ID law to go anywhere in Illinois anytime soon because Democrats, who traditionally opposed this law, control the Governor’s Office and both houses of the Legislature. In addition to Pennsylvania, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin passed voter ID laws in 2011 or 2012. More than 30 states have passed voter ID laws, according to the bipartisan nonprofit National Conference of State Legislatures.
You can read Jayette's full report at: http://watchdog.org/57939/il-poll-shows-10-of-illinois-voters-dont-have-valid-photo-ids/