Fears seep in as young voters learn of a new law that will make it tough for college students to register to vote next fall.
As it states in the opinion pages of the New York Times: “Republican state lawmakers are doing everything they can to prevent students from voting in the 2012 presidential election. Some have openly acknowledged doing so because students tend to be liberal.”
In 7 states, a law has been passed that Americans must show a government-issued ID to register to vote. Twenty-seven other states may take similar measures. Many college students, who are given student photo IDs through their school, do not own a government-issued ID, like a driver’s license or a passport.
These new Republican laws will affect 21 million people who do not own such identification. Not just college students, but the poor, the young, as well as blacks and Hispanics, will be hit hard by these restrictions. Many of these demographics are supporters of President Obama.
These restrictions are sickening, not because they may hurt the democratic vote, but because they keep Americans from participating in their constitutional right. As a former college student, I know the importance participating in civic life.
College is a time when students are developing their own sense of political thinking and start to voice their opinion about the affairs of the government. It is heartbreaking to think that America’s new political thinkers may be unable to voice their opinion at the voting booth.
Via The New York Times
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