There is certainly a lot going on in Wisconsin in the week leading up to its Tuesday primary. The state is one of thirteen to have enacted a voter ID requirement. FELN has been an outspoken opponent of such laws which disproportionately affect students, low-income, and minority voters, placing new barriers on their right to vote.
When defenders of voter ID laws stand up and say that the regulations protect their citizens and our democracy, there’s more than one lie being told. First, rather than protect our democracy, voter ID laws actually disproportionally affect the rights of elderly, working, student, and minority voters. Second, the laws, which are aimed at curbing the yet-to-be-seen problem of “voter fraud” will actually cost tax payers millions and millions of dollars to implement. Taking a look at the numbers shows a side of voter ID laws that their supporters fail to mention.
Yesterday the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed an initiative that would make it infinitely harder for students to vote in state by radically redefining “domicile” for voting purposes If the proposal became law, anyone who wants to vote in New Hampshire will first have to register all vehicles in the state and get a New Hampshire driver’s license.