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Millennials can decide the election — if they vote
09/24/16 |
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Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 00:00
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For Millennials who wish to register to vote in the state in which they are currently living, there are still more obstacles — strict voter ID laws that have been enacted in the name of eradicating voter fraud, despite the extremely low frequency with which voter fraud occurs. Voter ID laws are correctly lambasted as nefarious ways to make it more difficult for minorities and the poor (who are more likely to vote for Democrats but less likely to possess or have the resources to obtain valid identification cards) to exercise their vote. But college voters often find themselves victim of such laws as well.

Students IDs, out-of-state driver’s licenses and out-of-state ID cards aren’t accepted as forms of voter identification in many states, according to the U.S. Vote Foundation. That prompted college students in North Carolina to join a challenge to that state’s voter ID laws on the grounds that those laws discriminated against them on the basis of age, in violation of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Those laws were struck down in August by a federal appeals court.

In Texas, a handgun license is sufficient to register to vote — but an ID card from a state university is not. A federal appeals court tossed out the ID laws, but the Texas attorney general said Thursday that he would file a petition with the Supreme Court to uphold them. You can check on voter ID laws by state at www.usvotefoundation.org.

Texas asks Supreme Court to reinstate voter ID law
09/23/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 14:45
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Following through on a promise made last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a voter ID law that a lower court had found to be discriminatory.

The appeal, which could take months to resolve, will not affect rules adopted for the Nov. 8 general election that will allow registered voters to show a wider variety of identification at polling stations.

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