Republicans, Democrats and Voter ID

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In 16 states, Repubican-dominated legislatures have tightened access to the polls. Pennsylvania's become the ninth state to require voters to provide photo identification, and Virginia — another swing state — could be next. Republicans say they're trying to combat rampant fraud in the electoral process. But Democrats and the Obama Justice Department say there's little evidence of a problem. They insist that new voter ID laws are designed to make it harder for Democrats to cast their ballots, including minorities and especially Hispanics. We look at an issue as old as democracy. Could it be decisive in this year's presidential election?

Credits

Guests:
Lawrence Norden - New York University Law School - @BrennanCenter, Hans von Spakovsky - Heritage Foundation - @HvonSpakovsky, Jon Husted - State of Ohio - @OhioSOSHusted, Jonathan Chait - New York magazine - @jonathanchait, Hilary Shelton - NAACP - @HilaryOShelton

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Caitlin Shamberg, Anna Scott