One Photo, One Vote? No Photo, No Vote?
It really is an informative read and a great primer on an often contentious issue in Alabama politics.
The politics of VOTER ID have dogged Democrats for nearly a decade. The idea of being required to present some sort of ID before an individual is able to vote strikes a significant majority of Alabamians as a common-sense proposal. However, Alabama has a history of preventing some segments of its society from voting, so proposals such as this make some in the state (mainly black voters) a little nervous. So Democrats were faced with a choice of opposing Voter ID and being on the opposite side of the issue from most Alabamians or supporting Voter ID and alienating a core constituency while possibly opening up the door to allegations of voter intimidation.
In 2003 the legislature passed a compromise Voter ID bill requiring a voter to present any of 26 types of identification, many of which don't include a photograph. But the issue of Voter ID has now re-emerged -- this time with an emphasis on photo identification.
And while photo Voter ID is unlikely to be an overriding issue in many races, Beth Chapman, the presumptive Republican nominee for Secretary of State, looks likely to base her campaign largely on her support of a photo Voter ID bill. And look for the issue to make an appearance in legislative elections around the state and maybe even on the Christian Coalition's voter guides.
So read Ed's piece on Voter ID and familiarize yourself with the issues because Voter ID seems likely to continue, in some form or another, as a political football in Alabama politics well into the future.