This Week’s Report: “Voter Rights”

With this year’s presidential election fast approaching, a bitter partisan fight has arisen over whether voters should have to show a government-issued identification document before casting ballots.

As veteran journalist Peter Katel writes in this week’s report, conservative lawmakers believe strict voter-ID laws are needed to inhibit voter fraud and instill confidence in the electoral system. Liberals, argue, however, that there is little evidence of significant fraud at the polls. They charge that new ID laws are aimed at suppressing turnout by Democratic-leaning voters, including minorities, students and the elderly.

Katel’s compelling report is particularly timely and highly relevant for classes and papers in political science, civics and civil rights.

--Thomas J. Billitteri, Managing Editor