Voter ID: Kentucky makes it harder to vote in the coronavirus pandemic * EPeak World News

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Published: May 05, 2020
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94% "Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.""
90% "The future of life under coronavirus remains very uncertain, and it is, as yet, unclear when the country will return to anything resembling normal.""
87% "Vox's work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources -- particularly during a pandemic and an ..."
86% "Among other things, the order suspends all in-person government activities ... that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, or to supporting Life-Sustaining ..."
85% "Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at ..."
83% "Although voter ID's policy proponents often argue that the measure is necessary to combat voter fraud at the polls, such fraud is so rare ..."
79% "Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding.""
78% "Notably, when the Supreme Court allowed an Indiana voter ID law to take effect in Crawford v. Marion County (2008), it was only able ..."
77% "It's far from clear that November's general election will be anything resembling normal.""

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94% : Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
90% : The future of life under coronavirus remains very uncertain, and it is, as yet, unclear when the country will return to anything resembling normal.
87% : Vox's work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources -- particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn.
86% : Among other things, the order suspends "all in-person government activities ... that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, or to supporting Life-Sustaining Businesses."
85% : Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection, and there is some evidence that McConnell could be defeated if 2020 is a strong year for Democrats.
85% : Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires.
83% : Although voter ID's policy proponents often argue that the measure is necessary to combat voter fraud at the polls, such fraud is so rare that it is virtually nonexistent.
79% : Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding.
78% : Notably, when the Supreme Court allowed an Indiana voter ID law to take effect in Crawford v. Marion County (2008), it was only able to identify a single case of in-person voter fraud at the polls in the preceding 140 years.
77% : It's far from clear that November's general election will be anything resembling normal.
77% : Whether that impact would be enough to skew a close election from McGrath to McConnell is also unclear.
73% : The new law does permit some voters to cast a ballot without showing photo ID -- if they sign a sworn statement affirming that they are lawful voters and providing certain information.
71% : Kentucky's law, moreover, also resembles a similar Wisconsin law in that it requires voters to show ID in order to obtain an absentee ballot.
64% : A study by Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, who led much of the Justice Department's voting rights work during the Obama administration, found only 35 credible allegations of in-person voter fraud among the 834 million ballots cast in the 2000-2014 elections.
64% : Support Vox's explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives.
59% : Even if Kentucky is able to relax restrictions as more testing for the virus becomes available, it may need to reimpose strict limits on businesses and government offices if an outbreak occurs.
54% : Strict voter ID laws are increasingly common in Republican-controlled states, and left-leaning groups like students, low-income voters, and voters of color are especially less likely to have the ID that these laws require.
54% : While voter ID laws, at best, are a solution in search of a problem, Kentucky's new law could prove to be a particularly potent attack on the right to vote during a pandemic.
53% : Late last month, Gov. Beshear handed down an executive order providing that "all businesses that are not life-sustaining shall cease operations ... except as needed to conduct Minimum Basic Operations."
48% : In January, for example, one poll showed McConnell just 3 percentage points ahead of possible Democratic challenger Amy McGrath, and a second poll showed McConnell and McGrath tied.
47% : And voters who misuse the exemption could potentially face perjury charges.
46% : So voters without ID cannot escape the law by voting by mail.
41% : But numerous studies and investigations show that the primary form of voter fraud addressed by these laws, impersonation fraud at the polls, is only slightly more common than unicorns.
37% : At best, voter ID achieves nothing at all in an ordinary election while erecting an additional barrier to people exercising their right to vote -- a barrier that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino Americans.
34% : In a close election, though, even a small effect on turnout could matter.
34% : Under normal circumstances, voter ID could potentially make a difference in a close election.
34% : So, while the impact of voter ID is uncertain under normal circumstances, there are good reasons to believe that such a law could have a larger effect during a pandemic.
33% : Although the law allows a voter to cast a ballot without showing photo ID if they were prevented from getting an ID due to "disability or illness," the statute is not clear on whether the voter must themselves be infected by this illness in order to qualify.
32% : Meanwhile, if a Kentucky voter heads to the state's webpage hoping to learn how to obtain such an ID, they will encounter a message telling them ID-issuing offices are closed.
30% : Voters may only have a limited window to acquire an ID, and that window might close just as a particular voter was preparing to obtain one.
29% : A Wisconsin study found just seven cases of any kind of fraud among the 3 million cast in the 2004 election -- and none of these seven were the kind that could be prevented by voter ID.
28% : It's worth noting that there could potentially be a very high-profile race on Kentucky's ballot this November.
27% : The ostensible function of a voter ID law is to prevent someone from impersonating another voter in order to cast a ballot in their name.
27% : In 2014, Iowa's Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced the results of a two-year investigation into election misconduct within his state.
27% : But this exemption from the photo ID requirement is only available to a limited group of voters, and it is far from clear that a healthy voter qualifies because they were unable to obtain an ID because government offices were shut down during a pandemic.
19% : Thus, Kentucky voters who lack an ID -- perhaps because they recently moved to the state and didn't get around to obtaining a Kentucky driver's license before the coronavirus lockdown began -- may be unable to obtain this ID in time to vote because the state offices that issue such IDs are closed.
18% : Voter ID laws target an imaginary problem, but at least some studies show that they particularly affect voters who lean Democratic.
18% : While there's no firm research consensus on the laws' effect, several studies have found that voter ID has no meaningful impact on voter turnout (although others have found significant effects).
16% : But, at the very least, many voters could struggle to cast a ballot if they are unable to obtain the IDs they need to vote.
13% : He found zero cases of voter impersonation at the polls.

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