From The Heritage Foundation, by Tierra Warren, January 4, 2012 – Acording to a new Rasmussen report, 70 percent of Americans believe voter identification, such as a driver’s license, should be required in order to vote.
Nonetheless, Attorney General Eric Holder intends to examine new state laws that require photo ID before voting for potential racial bias.
Heritage Foundation legal scholar Hans Von Spakovsky explains there is no evidence to support claims of racial bias:
quote Election data in Georgia demonstrate that concern about a negative effect on the Democratic or minority vote is baseless. Turnout there increased more dramatically in 2008 — the first presidential election held after the state’s photo-ID law went into effect — than it did in states without photo ID. Georgia had a record turnout in 2008, the largest in its history — nearly 4 million voters. And Democratic turnout was up an astonishing 6.1 percentage points from the 2004 election, the fourth-largest increase of any state. The black share of the statewide vote increased from 25 percent in 2004 to 30 percent in 2008, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. According to Census Bureau surveys, 65 percent of the black voting-age population voted in the 2008 election, compared with only 54.4 percent in 2004, an increase of more than ten percentage points. quote
Read Heritage’s in-depth report on voter ID: “Without Proof: The Unpersuasive Case Against Voter Identification,” by von Spakovsky and Alex Ingram.
That report points to a study of 36,000 voters conducted by American University, which found that only “23 people in the entire sample—less than one-tenth of one percent of reported voters” were unable to vote because of an ID requirement.”
It’s no wonder many Americans support voter ID laws given evidence that voter fraud continues to plague our elections.
What do you think? Should Americans be required to present a government-issued ID to vote?
The Unintended Consequences of Congress’ SOPA Proposal
Proposed new legislation to combat online piracy and protect property rights, the Stop Online Piracy Act, would have unintended but harmful consequences, a Heritage Foundation expert says.
“The bill would strengthen restrictions on foreign-based rogue websites, while imposing new obligations on U.S.-based firms that facilitate their operation,” Heritage’s James Gattuso writes. “The legislation addresses a legitimate problem, but it may have unintended negative consequences for the operation of the Internet and free speech.”
Read Gattuso’s full report to find out more about SOPA’s effects.
What do you think? How tightly should the government regulate the Internet?
Heritage Work of Note
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James Carafano on the president’s national security strategy; Kim Holmes on the Obama Doctrine’s pitfalls; and
Ray Walser on America’s Latin America strategy.
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Every year, it’s the same ole resolutions. You want to lose weight, eat healthier, stop swearing, etc. But more often than not, these resolutions crash and burn just as quickly as they’re started. So rather than drastically try to change your life, why not start with a more modest goal? Let’s try to change the way conservatives speak. With an important year for freedom upon us, it is important to use words and embrace ideas that are consistent with our nation’s Founding principles. The Heritage Foundation’s David Azerrad suggests four simple resolutions to begin getting right with America’s principles.
In Other News
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won Tuesday night’s Iowa caucus, besting former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum by eight votes. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced Wednesday she will suspend her campaign after coming in sixth.
“In a defiant display of executive power, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will buck GOP opposition and name Richard Cordray as the nation’s chief consumer watchdog even though the Senate contends the move is inappropriate,” the AP reports.
Colorado Christian University is taking Obamacare to federal court. The university claims the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare violates the school’s religious beliefs.
The European Union has agreed to ban Iranian crude oil imports. While the embargo date has not been established, the agreement comes on the heels of new financial sanctions imposed by United States.
The top Super Bowl ad sold for $4 million dollars as ad inventory on NBC sells out. The average 30-second ad goes for $3.5 million dollars.