Should You Have to Prove Citizenship to Register to Vote?

Is requiring proof of citizenship for voters a way to protect the integrity of elections? Or is it an illegal tactic that will keep many older Americans and minorities away from the polls? On March 18 the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on both sides of that issue in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. Under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, people can register by mail to vote in federal elections using a standard form that, among other …

The Takeaway: Older Adults Disenfranchised Under New Voter ID Laws

New voter identification laws in 10 states could make it difficult for millions of Americans to cast ballots, according to a new report from New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice. Older adults and minorities are especially likely to be left out: About 18 percent of Americans 65 and older, 25 percent of blacks and 16 percent of Hispanics lack the type of ID required by the new voting laws.

In Philadelphia, New Voter ID Law Hits Elderly Voters the Hardest

Over 80 years old and living in Philadelphia? Then there’s more than a one in four chance that you don’t have the identification you’ll need to vote this fall, according to an analysis by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law requires voters to produce a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID before they are allowed to cast a ballot. Critics charge that the law - which the American Civil Liberties Union is challenging in court - will disenfranchise …

In Pennsylvania, Voter ID Law Threatens to Exclude Nearly 10 Percent of State’s Voters

This post was updated on July 9. Older Pennsylvanians who don’t drive could face a problem in November: They may not be able to vote. According to data released this week by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, more than 758,000 registered voters in the Keystone State  – some 9.2 percent of Pennsylvania’s 8.2 million voters – do not have DOT-issued ID cards. Under the state’s new voter ID law, that means they may not be able to vote. And the …