This weekend, The New York Times ran an article about the Obama campaign's efforts to educate people nationwide about the voter ID laws that threaten to suppress the vote in the upcoming election.
The report came days after news broke that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker -- a major proponent of the ALEC-manufacturedbills -- will not benefit from his state's in his upcoming recall election because of two recent appeals court rulings.
More than two dozen states, including Wisconsin, have passed restrictive voter ID bills since the last presidential election. From the NYT article on what these laws entail:
In Wisconsin, where a new state law requires those registering voters to be deputized in whichever of the state’s 1,800 municipalities they are assigned to, the campaign sent a team of trainers armed with instructions for complying with the new regulations.
In Florida, the campaign’s voter registration aides traveled across the state to train volunteers on a new requirement that voter registration signatures be handed in to state officials within 48 hours after they are collected.
And in Ohio, Mr. Obama’s staff members have begun reaching out to let voters know about new laws that discourage precinct workers from telling voters where to go if they show up at the wrong precinct.
What could possibly be the intent of the Ohio law if not to keep eligible voters from the polls? Voter ID laws threaten to suppress the votes of people of color, elderly, and rural folks. But Gov. Scott Walker will have to face the entire eligible Wisconsin electorate as he fights for his job.
We'll be watching Wisconsin and the rest of the country closely, and we'll keep working to combat discriminatory voter ID laws across the country.