Governing magazine does a great job of gleaning news stories (see below) from around the country. I have been reading the majority of its stories related to voter ID laws.
Even though Iowa’s recently signed Voter ID law was said to be put together to avoid the litigation occurring in other states, I have concluded – based upon the various legal challenges occurring in other states – that some county auditors – likely the Polk, Linn, and/or Johnson County Auditors – are going to get sued over the new Voter ID laws we are now responsible for administering.
I believe every county auditor in Iowa will make best efforts to keep any eligible voter from being disenfranchised on Election Day. I believe that no matter how hard we try, our public education efforts on the new Voter ID law will not reach everyone. And finally, I believe the end result will be that someone’s ballot, which would have been counted under the old laws, will not be counted under the new Voter ID law.
So if one voter impersonation case in the last decade or two was the motivator to change our election laws this year, then it’s reasonable to foresee that one voter, disenfranchised by the new Voter ID law, will be the motivator for someone to file a lawsuit against a county and/or the State in the future. –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor
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- The False Promise of Voter ID
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- Judge Rules, Again, That Texas Voter ID Law Intended to Hurt Minorities
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- Civil Rights Groups Take Legal Action Against Missouri Voter ID Law
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