by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The latest TIME magazine devotes four pages to documenting nationwide efforts to institute voter identification requirements. The article mostly parrots left-of-center talking points about the problems associated with voter ID.
You don’t have to see new voter-ID laws, tighter registration times and restrictions on early voting as modern-day poll taxes to see that the minorities, seniors, students and low-income people these measures affect most are also more likely to vote Democratic. Or that a GOP with a base on the shrinking side of demographic trends has a problem if the Democratic base turns out at its 2008 levels. Democrats are furiously trying to use the Republican voter-suppression effort to rally that base. …
Those looking for a more sober approach to the issue might seek out the work of the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, who shared his thoughts in September 2011 with the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society and Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tv.