Behind The Battles Over Voter ID Laws

Behind The Battles Over Voter ID Laws

A wave of states recently passed new laws requiring that citizens provide identification -- sometimes photo ID -- before they are allowed to vote. Advocates say the measures are necessary to combat voter fraud, but others say the new laws...

A wave of states recently passed new laws requiring that citizens provide identification -- sometimes photo ID -- before they are allowed to vote. Advocates say the measures are necessary to combat voter fraud, but others say the new laws are the equivalent of "modern day poll taxes" that have the potential to disenfranchise millions of voters. We talk with civil rights experts about the measures, and with a Virginia lawmaker who has prosecuted voter fraud cases in the commonwealth.

Guests

Abigail Thernstrom

Vice-Chair (R), United States Commission on Civil Rights

Nicole Austin-Hillery

Director, Counsel, D.C. Office, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University

Thomas Garrett

Member, Virginia Senate (R-22nd District)

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