Zombie voters and lightning strikes: The bitter fight over voter IDs
Polling judges Boisetta Jacobs, left, and Doris Bulter check a voter's ID at a Cleveland, Ohio polling station in November, 2006 after the state's voter ID law went into effect.
July 18th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Zombie voters and lightning strikes: The bitter fight over voter IDs

By Tommy Andres, CNN

(CNN) – Showing your driver’s license to vote doesn’t sound like such a big deal, so why has it become one in the political world recently?

Texas is fighting the U.S. government to keep its voter ID law passed last year on the books, but the fight has grown into a standoff between Democrats and Republicans and a referendum on state’s rights.

Larry Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice says the reason it’s such a big deal is because, believe it or not, as many as one in ten of us don’t have a driver’s license:

[1:19] “The number of Americans who don’t have the kinds of government-issued photo ID that is required in new laws passed in several states is in excess of 20 million.”

But Hans von Spakovsky, at the politically conservative Heritage Foundation, says IDs are a must to keep ballots reliable:

[0:14] “Texas is presenting testimony that they found that over 200 people that were dead voted in Texas elections recently.”

The ruling in Texas will likely come in the next few weeks, and could help decide the fate of similar laws passed in battleground states like New Hampshire, South Carolina and Wisconsin. If upheld, those laws could go into effect in time for the November general election, an election in which polls show every vote may count.

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