Democracy’s Rules: Make voting easier

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
by staff

01/10/08

Justices’ questions suggest the conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority doesn’t feel it should even be bothered with a general challenge to laws demanding voters provide identification at polling places. The attitude of the justices on the court that selected a president in 2000 ought to push Congress and the Washington Legislature to do the right thing on their own. Make it easier rather than harder for people to vote. That starts with Washington repealing the identification requirement lawmakers and Gov. Chris Gregoire approved in the wake of the 2004 counting problems. As a recent Brown University study showed, identification laws suppress turnout among minority, lower-income and less-educated populations...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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