CPAC Updates: Voter ID Laws Represent Catch-22 For the GOP

Tim Fitton of Judicial Watch made a flippant observation that revealed the Catch 22 of voter ID laws. Fitton remarked that it's not enough for elections to be honest; they must also appear to be honest. He, of course, meant that the passage of voter ID would alleviate the concerns many Americans have over corruption and fraudulent voting.

What he probably doesn't realize is that the passage of voter ID laws invoke the same fear of dishonesty among minority groups, who view the laws as an attempt to inhibit their right to vote. It brings up the question of how do you find a compromise on an issue when both sides believe that their reform (or opposition to reform) is necessary for healthy election.  

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Kathleen Hunker

Kathleen Hunker is a classical liberal obsessed with law, politics, and constitutionalism. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and has an LL.M. in Public Law and Human Rights from the University College London. Kathleen is the editor-in-chief of TheBellTowers.com. She has been published by Townhall.com, Ethika Politika, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. A specialist in comparative constitutional law and natural rights, Kathleen currently works in Texas as a policy analyst and managing editor.

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