Diminishing Voters’ Rights [infographic]

April 8, 2012 |  by  |  Government, Politics

Thousands of voters will find it difficult, if not impossible, to vote in the rapidly-approaching 2012 presidential election thanks to new changes in voters’ rights and voting laws across several states in the U.S.

While younger voters and senior citizens certainly aren’t the only two demographics affected by the new laws, there are 34 states that have introduced legislation that will make their voting experience especially difficult. The laws will require a valid photo ID in order to either vote or register to vote; while this might not seem like an unreasonable law, it will make voting more difficult for 18% of voters age 65+ and 1 out of every 5 voters age 18-29 who do not have either a driver’s license or other government-issued ID.

10% of Latino voters, who made up 22% of the final-Sunday vote, have had their ability to vote hindered in the states that have passed voter ID laws.

The new laws will mean that citizens in 15 states, including Kansas, Alabama, and Tennessee, will find themselves unable to either register or vote if they are unable to present proof of their citizenship, such as a birth certificate. Tens of thousands of potential voters will find themselves having to present their proof of citizenship not just for voter registration, but when they show up to vote at the polls too, which seems excessive.

More details on the restrictive new laws can be found on the infographic below and at craigconnects.org. [via]

New Voting Laws

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  • Noneofyourbuziness

    What a disappointing biased hit piece intentionally misusing numbers to push an agenda.  I always enjoyed daily infographic for the cliff clavin information but will probably stop returning now.  

  • How41102

    This info-graphic is based on biased and half-truth statics. For instance…couldn’t the reason for shortening the early voter period be due to depressed economy rather than intentionally seeking to disenfranchise voters? Wouldn’t you think that someone that valued their ability to vote  would be responsible and make sure they met the voting requirements? Oh wait, we don’t’ want to burden anyone with being responsible. 

  • econophilous

    The graphics are so great I nearly overlooked the unbelievable dishonesty of the argument.

    It’s unacceptable that dailyinfographic is furthering such propaganda.

  • JustinL

    The sources for these numbers are not reliable.  You start with 9 “instances of possible voter impersonation.”  If it is possible, then couldn’t there POSSIBLY be 1 million instances?  Better yet, why not use a stat that doesn’t mislead your audience like the number of voters who are not registered or not legally able to vote for whatever reason (criminal history, aliens, etc.) but do or try.   Also, as someone who has received aid and was considered “low income” (the very people you CLAIM this hurts), I can assure you that the states provide identification to us because we need it to receive certain benefits. 

  • Zim334

    This was created by Craig Newmark (craigconnects), an Obama guy and someone who has a history of misleading people to push a very liberal agenda.  He does NOT want people to show any form of ID to vote and there is a good reason for that.  Personally I am surprised they ran this piece.  

  • Tabula Rasa

    This has to the crappiest infographic I’ve ever seen here. Voter SUPPRESSION laws indeed! I, for one, think that laws that require you to prove who you are and that you are eligible to vote make sense. I imagine that a very large portion of those who actually do vote don’t even fully understand what they are doing anyway. I had to pass a test to get my first driver license, wouldn’t it make a little sense to require that a person be made to show that he understands how voting actually works, in order to be permitted to vote? It would seem that the SUPPRESSION laws cited here would suppress voter fraud if anything. Can we get a little pickier on the infographics please?  

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  • That Guy

    Good propaganda for sure, I was almost swayed by this one.

  • epitsch

    Why is race repeatedly pointed out? If those latinos, blacks, and asians do not have a government issued ID and want to vote, they need to get off of their perfectly capable asses and get one. And another thing. Why is it so difficult to recieve a drivers liscense in this country, with the endless amount of required paperwork, when ILLEGAL immigrants can vote? This infographic does a nice job at pointing out how these things will affect the democrats’ chance of winning, but it doesn’t even try to explain why…

  • Sosad

    Is it really that hard, and expensive to get a photo ID? Come on..