New Voter Identification Laws (00:56)
Citizens in Harrisburg, PA protest a new voter ID law that could disenfranchise one in ten voters, especially in Philadelphia. The law was enacted despite lack of evidence of voter fraud.
Voter Restrictions (00:58)
Moyers introduces his guests, Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice. Nine swing states recently required government-issued photo voter IDs to vote and over twenty states have restricted voter access.
Why the Fuss Over Voter ID? (01:58)
Waldman points out the various instances of voter restriction since the mid-term elections of 2010 when Republicans gained control of state legislatures.
Is Voter ID All About Politics? (01:42)
Gaskins responds that election laws that disenfranchise voters are antithetical to our history. Since Citizens United and the influx of money into the campaigns, each citizen's vote is important.
How Are these Laws Overly Restrictive? (03:20)
Gaskins points out that certain groups, like the poor, elderly, young and minorities are unfairly affected. One in ten eligible voters does not have a driver's license or similar photo ID.
Barriers To Obtaining A Voter ID (01:17)
Limited access to an issuing office can be a problem as well as the expense for proper documents, like birth certificates. Gaskins says there has been a concerted effort to limit access to the polls--something not seen since the Jim Crow era.
Is Racism Involved? (02:18)
Waldman states there is a concerted effort to discriminate against certain voters. When the Justice Department found the Texas voter ID law racially discriminatory, Texas declared the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.
Modernize the Voter Registration System? (02:17)
The Pew Center recently found evidence that the voter registration system is inaccurate. Gaskins agrees that the system needs to be modernized so that all the systems can communicate to improve the database.
How Can The Viewers Participate? (04:11)
Gaskins and Waldman explain why they dedicate themselves to this struggle to protect voter rights in this country. They talk about what the viewers can do in their communities.
Credits: Moyers & Company: Suppressing the Vote (02:22)
Credits: Moyers & Company: Suppressing the Vote
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