The Who, What, When, Where of Voting

On November 4th, like millions of Americans, I’ll head to the polls to cast my ballot. I’ve done my homework, know where the candidates stand on important issues — like financial security and support for family caregivers — and I’m ready to vote. >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter But even though I’ve been voting for years, I still need to check some basic facts: When do I vote? The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, …

Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law

A federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law, holding that it unconstitutionally discriminates against low-income and minority voters, who are less likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to obtain them. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman’s decision comes less than a week after a state judge declared a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show government- or college-issued photo IDs for their ballots to count to be “void and unenforceable.” (Days later, the Arkansas …

The Newest Challenge to Voting

The right to vote. Seems like it was settled a long time ago, when we gave women the vote, did away with poll taxes and lowered the voting age to 18. But voter ID requirements, most recently proof-of-citizenship requirements, continue to raise new challenges to casting a ballot in many states – especially for minority, poor or older Americans. Last week, a federal trial court judge in Wichita, Kan., ruled that Kansas and Arizona could require voters to provide proof …

Could Virginia’s Voter ID Law Swing an Election?

You’ve probably read about the problems that many voters - especially older voters - have encountered under voter ID laws, many of which are relatively new. (There was the recent case, for example, of former House Speaker Jim Wright being turned away because, at 90, he didn’t have a valid driver’s license.) Among those who may have to make long trips to government offices to obtain voter ID cards are people without driver’s licenses (which, like Wright, many older Americans may no …

Voter ID Law Snags Former House Speaker – for a Day

Many of the lawsuits challenging voter ID laws in the states argue that they have an unequal impact on people of color and poor people. Turns out, they can prevent pretty much anyone from voting – or at least make it lots more difficult. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Take Jim Wright of Texas. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because he used to be the Speaker of the House. That’s right, the Speaker of the U.S. …

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Has Another Day in Court

Just a month before the presidential election last year, a lawsuit brought by 94-year-old Vivienne Applewhite temporarily blocked the key component of a Pennsylvania law requiring strict photographic identification to vote. Now the challenge to the constitutionality of the law is back in state court for a more permanent ruling. Thirty-seven states have laws requiring registered voters to show ID when they arrive at the polls. Some of these – like the strict laws requiring photo ID cards in Georgia, Indiana, …