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Voter laws should all be equal

Published 11:00am Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It won’t impact the 2012 presidential race, but now is the time to begin looking at implementing one set of federal guidelines for election laws that would allow reasonable voter access and create a uniform set of rules.

Ongoing battles across the country were illustrated Tuesday after a Pennsylvania court put a hold on the state’s strict ID laws that many felt were designed to disenfranchise voters and help Republicans win key battleground state in the presidential election.

This comes on the heels of a “federal court panel strkining down Texas’ law, while a state court blocked Wisconsin’s voter ID law from taking effect for now. A federal court is reviewing South Carolina’s law,” according to Associated Press reports.

Allowing for such a wide variation in voter ID and other election laws from state to state only makes the process more complicated and potentially robs citizens of their voice at the polls.

After the election, regardless of which political party is in power, the government should take a hard look at this by creating a panel of non-partisan experts and bi-partisan lawmakers who can put politics aside come up with a proposal that has one goal: Strengthen the democratic system our nation was built on.

This work may not change the 2012 presidential election but could have a drastic impact elections for many years to come.

 

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