Voter ID and the 'Battle Before the Battle'

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Republicans insist that voter fraud is so common it could change the results of elections or at least diminish confidence in the integrity of the process. But Democrats say the GOP is pushing voter-identification laws to keep students, the elderly and especially African Americans away from the polls. In 2008, those voters were crucial to electing Barack Obama. Last year (except for the elderly) they stayed home, and Republicans won big. We hear what's happening in state capitols all over the country. Do both parties try to use election laws to their own advantage?

Credits

Guests:
Ari Berman - senior reporter for Mother Jones, author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” - @AriBerman, Kris Kobach - Kansas Secretary of State - @kansassos, Rick Hasen - professor of Law at UC Irvine, author of “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy” - @rickhasen, Patrick Marley - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - @patrickdmarley

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal, Caitlin Shamberg