Here is an excellent piece found on the College & Young Democrats of Iowa site about the terrible voter ID bill which everyone should contact your legislator about. We would like to add one more teensy tiny little detail about just WHY the Republicans say Iowa needs this bill now: ALEC.
You should know: This is not a home-grown bill. Corporations voted to adopt this bill. Through ALEC, global companies get politicians to push corporate friendly laws in state legislatures. The voter ID law is one of many undemocratic laws that ALEC’s corporate members, including the Koch Brothers, want states like Iowa to adopt. Every member of the Republican delegation is a member of ALEC by virtue of not opting out of such membership. Membership dues are paid by the state, that is, by taxpayer money. At last check, all but one Democrat had resigned membership in ALEC.
Voter ID Law Will Make It Harder For Students To Vote
by Casey Erixon
College & Young Democrats
This week Secretary of State Matt Schultz unveiled his new voter ID bill which would require people to produce a valid ID in order to cast a ballot. The bill’s details have yet to be hammered out by the legislature but already his proposal is facing intense scrutiny. Sec. Schultz, in an effort to fix a problem that doesn’t exist, has crafted a plan that will likely cost Iowans millions of dollars and impose tough restrictions on thousands of voters, particularly students.
His plan mandates that all voters present a valid government- or university-issued photo ID when voting, however it also includes a requirement that those ID’s have an expiration date in order to be valid, a requirement that few university-issued IDs would meet. This bill would either make universities institute costly changes to the way they design and issue IDs or leave many students out in the cold, forcing them obtain a state-issued ID which normally requires a passport or birth certificate.
Another major flaw in the legislation, as pointed out by Iowa Democratic Party chair Sue Dvorsky, is the cost of implementation that will be placed on the shoulders of taxpayers. Similar plans that have been proposed in neighboring states, such as Wisconsin, have come with hefty price tags, however Sec. Schultz ignores this, insisting the only cost to the legislation would be a nominal fee to print flyers informing voters about the change this fall.
These costly barriers, ostensibly set up to protect against fraud, offer little to no benefits to the sanctity of our elections. Sec. Schultz himself has admitted that voter fraud is not a major issue in our elections. By and large, it simply does not happen. Sec. Schultz apparently doesn’t subscribe to the philosophy that says “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
As CYDI’s president Austin Frerick said in a press release earlier this week, “if Secretary Sec. Schultz really wants to spend millions of taxpayer dollars, we suggest he look into ways to increase voter registration and awareness among college students, not ways to add barriers to voting.” We implore you to join us at CYDI, and students from across the state, in standing opposed to Sec. Schultz efforts to make voting more difficult.