ERIC Number: EJ1002098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Perspectives: Are Voter Photo Identification Laws a Good Idea?
Social Education, v76 n2 p66-70 Mar-Apr 2012
As the 2012 presidential election approaches, controversy grows over recent statewide legislative initiatives that impose stricter identification requirements on voters. These new voter identification laws--especially those that require voters to produce a government-issued photo ID--are the subject of intense debates. During 2011, seven states signed laws requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification at polling locations: Alabama, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. In all, 31 states now require identification to vote; 15 require photo identification. To stimulate discussion and debate, the author presents perspectives on this issue for teachers' consideration from six different experts, along with discussion suggestions for use with students.
Descriptors: Elections, Political Campaigns, Voting, Barriers, Photography, Identification, Current Events, State Legislation, Public Opinion, Social Studies
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Kansas; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin