The Challenge of Restrictive Voter ID Laws

Audio from a media telebriefing held by the Brennan Center for Justice and New America Media on the challenge of restrictive voter ID laws, featuring Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Keith Ellison (D-MN).

June 27, 2012

As state legislative sessions come to an end, 10 states have enacted restrictive voter ID laws. These states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin — are home to millions of eligible voters who may not have easy access to the specific government-issued photo identification required by these laws. Join us for a rundown explaining where these laws are in effect, where they are in court, and how it could impact the 2012 election.

Between April and November, NAM will partner with the Brennan Center and other national research and advocacy organizations to host monthly teleconference calls, produce weekly columns and alerts, and host roundtables in key states. The goal is to build a collective news and advocacy platform in the ethnic media sector to counter voter suppression efforts and ensure every eligible voter can vote.

Keesha Gaskins, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center
Overview of Restrictive Voter ID Laws and Their Impact

U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (Wis. - 04)
Federal Efforts to Protect the Right to Vote and Help Americans Vote, and Wisconsin's Restrictive Voter ID Law

U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (Minn. - 05)
Minnesota’s Voter ID Amendment, and Federal Efforts to Protect Voting Rights

Click here for audio of the call.