If there’s a policy position Republicans seem eager to rally behind, it is the need to stop the nefarious “voter fraud” through strict Voter ID measures and an attack on same-day voter registration. State-by-state Republicans push the need to keep the polls protected by making it as onerous as possible to register and vote.
Except in Iowa at the caucuses Tuesday. In an effort to boost voter participation, Iowa Republicans will be able to register to vote that day so that they may take part in the caucus.
As it stands, only nine states continue to allow same-day registration. Those states are Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Maine has already taken the first step in pushing back against these restrictive measures, while Minnesotans are braced for Voter ID to become a major issue in the 2012 election cycle.
Not only will Iowa Republicans have the opportunity to register at the polls on Tuesday, they won’t have to present a valid form of photo ID to cast a vote.
If it wasn’t clear before that these attacks on voting rights are simply about trying to drive down Democratic participation, it should be now.
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