Issues - Voting Rights
The Cost of Voter ID
Bills requiring voters to display a certain kind of photo ID in order to vote (or cast a provisional ballot without valid ID) are a solution in search of a problem. There is no documentation of allegations of widespread voter impersonation fraud in the Commonwealth.
Solving this nonexistent problem carries a large cost burden for the Commonwealth and localities.
Provisional ballot costs: Eliminating the sworn affidavit provision and pushing voters into provisional ballots significantly increases the volume of voters casting provisional ballots.
- A Nebraska study found that a provisional ballot costs the registrar approximately $30 per ballot cast in time spent on administration and adjudication.
- According to numbers provided by the Chesterfield County Registrar, had this measure been in effect during the last election cycle, Chesterfield County would have seen a 328% percent increase in the number of provisional ballots that the electoral board would have to certify. This is time-consuming and costly and could delay the outcome of an election.
- There will be a need for increased training on processing of provisional ballots and increased number of provisional ballots to print and process.
Photo ID Costs:
- The voter ID program is likely to cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year to implement. Virginia will have to offer free IDs to new voters who don’t currently have acceptable form of ID. For example, in Indiana, the State Bureau of Motor Vehicles issued 771,017 free photo IDs between 2007-2010 at a cost of over $10million (according to Jeremy Burton, the Help America Vote Act outreach manager with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office).
- Introducing new photo ID requirements will require an extensive public education campaign, including mailings, advertising, and public service announcements, updating forms; updating websites, etc.
- They would also require added poll worker training and potentially more poll workers. These proposals essentially require that poll workers perform a quasi-law enforcement function – checking the validity of individuals’ identification requirements.
- There will be added administrative costs that the State Board of Elections and local registrars’ offices will incur in order to enforce these voter ID laws.
- Any changes to Virginia’s voting laws are subject to review by the Department of Justice under the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The state must prove that these laws would not affect minority voters more than white voters. The proposed laws welcome potential lawsuits that would be time-consuming and put Virginia in an unnecessary legal battle that would cost the state’s taxpayers.
- These bills are intended to fix a problem - voter fraud- that is extremely rare. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, there is “no documented wave or trend of individuals voting multiple times, voting as someone else, or voting despite knowing that they are ineligible.” National case studies conducted by the Center have found that states like Missouri have overall voter fraud rates of 0.0003% in 2000, 0.0001% in 2004, 0.0006% in New Hampshire in 2004, 0.0004% in New Jersey in 2004, 0.000009% in New York in 2004.
- Photo ID laws are designed to keep people of color, students, and seniors from voting. 11 percent of Americans—approximately 23 million citizens of voting age—lack proper photo ID and, as a result, could be turned away from the polls on Election Day. Those without photo ID are disproportionately low-income, disabled, minority, young, and older voters. Photo ID laws also cost millions; at a time when we are facing budget shortfalls, it doesn't make sense to waste money on things we don't need and that don't create jobs.
- 11 percent of Americans—approximately 23 million citizens of voting age—lack proper photo ID and, as a result, could be turned away from the polls on Election Day. Those without photo ID are disproportionately low-income, disabled, minority, young, and older voters.
From the Progressive Point:
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Published Mar 27
ProgressVA Strongly Condemns Governor's Signature of Photo ID Legislation
Published Mar 26
Making it harder for seniors, students, minorities and the poor to vote
Published Feb 20
For Valentine's Day, conservatives gift VA new voting restrictions and disregard for voters
Published Feb 14
Conservatives push third Virginia voter ID requirement in 3 years
Published Feb 6
Richmond conservatives pushing you aside and picking their own voters
Published Jan 29
Conservative politicians trying to pick and choose their voters in Virginia
Published Jan 28
Blocking your access to the ballot in Virginia
Published Jan 24
If you can't win, change the rules
Published Jan 23
An overreaching, sneaky, underhanded political power grab
Published Jan 22
Ensure Virginia seniors' fundamental right to vote
Published Jan 21
Conservatives block 450K Virginians' fundamental right to vote
Published Jan 14
They don't think they made it hard enough for us to vote last year
Published Jan 9
Cuccinelli thinks they didn't suppress enough voters
Published Nov 27 2012
More attacks on voting rights
Published Nov 26 2012
Long lines are a form of voter suppression
Published Nov 15 2012
Virginia needs no excuse absentee voting
Published Nov 8 2012
Virginians have spoken
Published Nov 7 2012
What's at stake today for Virginians
Published Nov 6 2012
Shutting down voter intimidation
Published Nov 5 2012
ProgressVA Education Fund: New True the Vote documents show organization misleading Virginia poll watchers
Published Nov 2 2012
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Published Nov 2 2012
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Published Oct 31 2012
An assault on the right to vote is an assault on the Constitution
Published Oct 24 2012
The real threat to this election
Published Oct 19 2012
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Published Oct 15 2012
Voter restrictions and intimidation
Published Sep 11 2012
Changing the rules to vote restricts our American rights
Published Sep 6 2012
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Published Aug 30 2012
Rigging our right to vote
Published Aug 21 2012
Virginia's democracy should be free, fair, and accessible
Published Aug 14 2012
ProgressVA Applauds Board of Elections Rejection of Romney Attack on Democracy
Published Aug 7 2012
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Published Aug 6 2012
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Published Aug 2 2012
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Published Jul 31 2012
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Published Jul 27 2012
Focus on participation in our democratic process
Published Jul 24 2012
The cost of McDonnell's voter suppression
Published May 30 2012
Rigging the vote
Published May 21 2012
ProgressVA Statement on Bob McDonnell's Refusal to Veto Voter Suppression Legislation
Published May 18 2012
America has never solved anything with less democracy
Published Apr 24 2012
Worst of the Week: Bob McDonnell ignoring his own constituents
Published Mar 16 2012
Virginia's turn for voter suppression to be struck down
Published Mar 15 2012
Worst of the Week: Conservative Voter Suppression
Published Mar 9 2012
The high cost of voter ID
Published Mar 7 2012
Worst of the Week: Voter suppression is going to Virginia's House floor
Published Jan 27 2012
Conservatives want to make your vote irrelevant
Published Jan 18 2012
Worst of the Week - The Power Grab
Published Jan 13 2012
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Published Jan 12 2012
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Published Jan 3 2012
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Published Dec 6 2011
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Published Nov 30 2011
The Republican Power Grab
Published Nov 22 2011
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Published Nov 18 2011
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Published Nov 10 2011
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Published Nov 9 2011
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Published Nov 8 2011
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Published Nov 7 2011