Requiring ID to vote will appeal to many voters on the surface. But voter ID laws disproportionately affect poor, rural, minority, and women voters, and that’s why the courts struck down this legislature’s 2013 voter ID law for discriminating against African Americans “with almost surgical precision.” This GOP was so blatant that they requested data based on the number and types of ID used, broken down by race, and then excluded those IDs from their previous law.
There is no outline available yet of what types of ID they would approve this time. It could be even more restrictive than before. While other states have Voter ID laws, only Mississippi has a strict photo ID constitutional mandate. There is no place for this type of requirement in our constitution. Ultimately, this legislature cannot be trusted to enact fair voter ID requirements.
For more details, please read House Bill 1092.