Do state laws requiring photo ID for voters unfairly affect voter participation?

Teaching about Voter ID
           Voter ID Lesson  pdf
           Vocabulary Preview pdf
           Deliberation Activities (recommended: "Take a Stand" and "Debate")
           Position Paper
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Background:
The founders left most voting requirements up to the states, and our Constitution now protects the right to vote for citizens over 18 years of age. Thirty three states currently have laws in place requiring photo IDs for voting, but some of these face legal challenges.  Supporters of photo ID laws argue that the integrity of the process needs to be protected against voter fraud. Opponents believe these laws suppress voting.

Join the debate by watching the following C-SPAN videos, reading the articles, and participating in a deliberation in your classroom. Then let us know what you think by voting in our online poll.

Voter Registration Laws and the 2012 Election
*Background reading from Politico
**Background reading from The Economist
*** Background reading from The National Conference of State Legislatures (interactive with current state laws)

 
Yes: Voter ID is a good idea
New State Voter Identification Laws
Campaign Finance and the Voter Registration
 
Articles supporting Voter ID Laws
Wall Street Journal
The Heritage Foundation

No: Voter ID is not a good idea
New State Voter Identification Laws
Campaign Finance and the Voter Registration

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Cheryl Davis,
Oct 6, 2012, 6:28 PM
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Cheryl Davis,
Oct 6, 2012, 6:27 PM
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