My pleasure, it's interesting reading the history of elections and the ballot box. You wouldn't believe some of the stuff that went on. Thru the pioneer days, wars, civil rights movements, all it came down to was the number of votes in the box. You know that one story you read about when you was a kid? About the election won by one vote and the guy had to be carried there on his deathbed. Well, it was true, amazing.<quoted text>
Indiana requires a voter to prove their identity with a photo ID. If a resident doesn't have a drivers license or a passport the state will issue a Voter ID card free.
There were some worries about minority voter participation at first (I was one of the people that voiced concerns about the law) But it was upheld by the courts and after it was implemented minority participation actually increased.
The state partnered with civic and religious organizations in an effort to enroll every person that had the right to vote and it was successful.
There were also measures in the law that allowed anyone without proper ID to vote anyway. Once the state verified their residency the vote counted just like any other, so no one got turned away at the polls.
States like Arizona went way too far with these kinds of laws.
In 2012 the republican party tried to use laws like this to suppress the minority vote and it blew up in their face.
Anything that puts a barrier between an American citizen and their right to cast their vote is unacceptable.
Thanks for the post. Very interesting.
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