A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says there seems to be a coordinated campaign of voter suppression this year. Ed Yohnka spoke at Illinois State University saying voter ID laws requiring picture ids are popping up in many states....
"Five million new people voted in 2008 who had never voted before. And those people tened to be young, they tended to be lower income people, and they tended to be people of color. These are all groups which are affected by these efforts."
Yohnka says studies estimate one in ten Americans do not have a photo ID, but one in four African Americans do not have such a document. Yohnka also says there are efforts to curb voter registration drives, and to limit the number of people who participate in early voting. he says all of those tend to decrease participation by those who tend to vote Democratic. The Democratic party controlled General Assembly has stalled GOP efforts to pass voter ID laws in Illinois.
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