Discussion: Does The Voter ID Law Encourage Or Discourage Voting?

If you didn't have a driver's license, how likely would it be for you to get a state ID to vote?

There's no doubt that with the upcoming elections -- no matter how many there are -- they'll be contentious.

But how people vote in these upcoming elections is about to change with the requirement to show a photo ID before a person can receive a ballot, and that is becoming a contentious issue too.

Some are saying the new voter ID law will prevent people from even showing up to the polls, and they say that the law discriminates against people who are poor and homeless. But a poll done by Marquette University indicated that the majority of the registered voters they asked (a sample size of 701 registered voters) said they favored the law.

One of the arguments made against the law has to do with the requirement that after a person proves their identity, they'll also be asked to sign the poll book before they can receive a provisional ballot. Alfonso Gardner, 59, a Racine community advocate, told a reporter at the Journal Times that he's against this policy.

Driving is a privilege, but voting is a right. This is why people distrust government — whether Republican or Democrat. It’s more of a poli-trick than politics.

Lawyers for the League of Women Voters are also challenging Wisconsin's law because they say it disenfranchises voters and creates "a poll tax."

Despite the controversy, officials with the Government Accountability Board are trying to get out the message on how people can obtain an ID by offering to come and speak about the changes, the Department of Motor Vehicles has a website for people to learn about how to get the voter ID law, and the Government Accountability Board has a list of acceptable documents.


Bren February 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
DJ, voting is the privilege and awesome responsibility of every American. Voting is active participation in government. When I wrote "to get some people to exercise their right to vote," my intended meaning (and what I should have written) was "convince people to exercise..." You and I don't agree on this issue, and that's democracy in action.
Bren February 01, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I respect the right of people to bear arms, it is the law and it is protected. Voting is also a Constitutionally-protected right and I hope with all my heart that the new law doesn't affect turnout in the future.
DJ February 01, 2012 at 04:51 AM
@Bren: and here you go again " my intended meaning (and what I should have written) was "convince people to exercise..." what gives you the right to think you can go to anyone and CONVINCE
DJ February 01, 2012 at 04:58 AM
@Bren, if a person wants to vote, then they will, but to have someone like you on their backs pushing and prodding to vote is plain harrassment so stop trying to "get them to" or "convince them" cause it is not NOT your business to decide if they vote or not
DJ February 01, 2012 at 05:26 AM
and Bren, just on a side note, I applaud those who you find difficult to convince, since i believe those people to be independent thinkers and feel that they have the right to chose who and what they believe by their own rationale and not by someone else's beliefs


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