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4 States Where Voting Restrictions Could Impact the 2018 Election — How Should Voting Systems Be Structured?

by Axios | Updated on 10.15.18

Restrictive voting policies could influence the outcome of 2018 battleground races in at least four states: Georgia, North Dakota, Ohio and Arkansas.

The battle lines: Voting rights advocates say Republicans are trying to prevent minorities, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic, from casting ballots. But Republicans argue that their efforts are meant to increase voter confidence, modernize elections and combat rampant voter fraud — even though numerous studies have found no evidence of widespread voter irregularities in the U.S.

State of play: In North Dakota, Native Americans are working to minimize the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s voter ID law, which requires voters to provide identification with their residential address rather than a P.O. box number.

  • Critics said the high court’s move harms Native American voters who live on reservations, where residential addresses largely do not exist. It also threatens the reelection of Heidi Heitkamp, one of the Senate’s most vulnerable red-state Democratic incumbents, who has received broad support among Native American voters in the past.

In Georgia, a coalition of civil rights groups sued Brian Kemp, the secretary of state and Republican nominee for governor, last week for placing more than 53,000 voter applications on a “pending” list. The list — created by the voter verification method called “exact match,” which requires voter applications be perfectly matched with information on file — has a disproportionately high number of black voters.

  • Kemp’s spokeswoman, Candice Broce, denied accusations of voter suppression and said those affected will be allowed to cast ballots if they show a photo ID that proves they are eligible to vote.

In Ohio, a voting rights group recently appealed a federal judge’s decision to uphold the state’s aggressive efforts to purge its voting rolls. The system, which disproportionately affects minorities and the poor, kicks people off the rolls if they skip a few elections and fail to respond to a notice from election officials. 

  • The appeal seeks to allow purged voters to cast ballots next month in a state that features high-profile races for governor, the U.S. Senate and a few key House seats.

In Arkansas, where Democrats hope to flip a Republican-held House seat, the state’s highest court upheld a voter ID law that requires residents to show photo identification before voting. But voters can cast provisional ballots without an ID if they sign a sworn affidavit.

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  • Riley
    10/16/2018
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    I'm sorry but if you can't handle getting a ID, I honestly have no problem with you not voting. You need to prove you are a tax paying citizen before you should be allowed to vote.

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  • Neal
    10/16/2018
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    It shouldn’t matter if your ID has a physical or a P.O. address on it. If it is a STATE ISSUED ID THEN IT IS AN OFFICIAL ID! Our fundamental right as Americans is to have FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS! Gerrymandering and voter suppression are WRONG and need to STOP!

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  • Steven
    10/16/2018
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    I need ID to fish Drive Hunt and 100 other things. Why is it racist to need ID to vote.

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  • Ben
    10/16/2018
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    The administrations of these four problem states should be removed from their offices. Voting and participating in government is the sacred right of every American. If that sacred right is at all in danger the people should have legal authority to remove, impeach, and even execute their oppressors. Our system of trusting officials to do the right thing doesn’t work. It’s time to ignite the trail by fire.

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  • TrulyTexan
    10/16/2018
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    The republicans can’t win if they don’t cheat. Block their cheats and we can take back this country from Russian puppets and nazi stooges. Fair and equitable elections with no blatantly racist policies! Stop the republicans now!

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  • Donna
    10/16/2018
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    These are UNAMERICAN , RACIALLY, SOCIOECONOMICLY ,ARTIFICIALLY ESTABLISHED BLOCKS to FREE ELECTIONS by the REPUBLICAN PARTY which seeks ILLEGITIMATELY ESTABLISH a FASCIST RULING PARTY like PUTIN’S !!!!! YOU had better GET TO the POLLS and VOTE the GOP OUT of OFFICE. DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER, fight for your RIGHTS as AMERICAN CITIZENS!!!!!!

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  • Roger
    10/16/2018
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    If you are going to vote in a US election you need to prove you are a US citizen. Anything else allows non Americans a chance to vote and corrupts the integrity and legitimacy of the vote! The leftist of America have proven this by registering non US citizens to vote democrat in every election. Democrats keep getting arrested for voter fraud but the system remains broken! Voter ID law is needed!

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  • Abbi
    10/16/2018
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    I don’t wish to be rude, but if you are of the opinion that IDs are easy to get, then either you are blessed with a dmv in a reasonable distance or you have a car and don’t think about people who can’t get to one. Since you are so pro-ID, will you please be kind enough to drive others to the dmv so they can get their ID? thank you

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  • Nick
    10/16/2018
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    Voting should be simple not something you have to jump through hoops for.

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  • Richard
    10/16/2018
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    Politicians who gerrymander or purge voting records based on race should be charged with treason.

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  • BIGDADDY
    10/16/2018
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    How is it racist, and wrong to require ID? It increases security in voting, and doesn’t allow people to vote, who aren’t eligible.

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  • JTJ
    10/16/2018
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    Another biased opinion piece from countable.

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  • Robin
    10/16/2018
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    Photos ID and Proof of citizenship should be required to register to vote BEFORE getting Voter ID and ALL drivers licenses should indicate whether they are legal citizens or immigrants.

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  • Leigh
    10/16/2018
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    Citizens should be automatically registered on their 18th Birthday, you should have to opt out if you don’t want to vote, forget registering by ID....do it by social security number every citizen has one [but not everyone has a street address], mail in ballots should be an option in every state and Election Day should be a national holiday. We want every citizen to vote. “We the People” 🇺🇸

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  • Sam
    10/17/2018
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    Trump said when you vote for his GOP candidates you vote for Trump. Trump also is the guy that Bragged About grabIng women by their pussies and gets away with it because he’s famous, Trump Braggs that he never paid SSI Tax for 20 years, Trump calls women by Derogatory names Trump has broken the emoluments clause so many times it’s ridiculous and is shredding the constitution of the United States and getting away with it while his cronies the GOP back is every play, trump gave $1.3 trillion of the American tax money to his buddies the Richest Americans and himself, Trump hasn’t released his tax returns still, Trump lied so many times to America and the world that some people can no longer figure out what the truth is anymore. insted of doing what he promised Americans “to give them great healthcare” , he wants to take away Medicare or Medicaid and Social Security so he can pay for the tax cuts he gave to himself and his friends, Trump ordered the Imprisonment in concentration camps children, Babies. If none of this bothers you or pisses you off let me know your phone number so I can write it on a bathroom wall. I’m sure if you still like the way Trump is running the country you probably would be fine with that, Now Trump has done something completely sinister, he sold out an American journalist and is sweeping his death under the rug so he can continue to collect money for him and his family and remember the Saudi Arabians didn’t just killed that reporter they diced him up! So remember when you go to vote if you vote for a Republican you’re voting for Donald Trump that’s what he said over and over again when you vote for them you were voting for him and this is the kind of man you would vote for? I sure hope you have more common sense than that!. If you have an elderly parent in a rest home they probably have some form of Medicaid or Medicare, can you imagine if he takes that away to pay for more tax cuts for the rich? Your mother, your father will be at your house where you’ll have to look after them and cover all of their care. Remember Trump and the GOP are planing on cutting medicaid and Medicare. So the responsibility of their healthcare will be solely on you financially. Can you really afford that? or they’ll be in the street homeless. If you have a child that needs special care chances are you have some form of Medicaid or Medicare if Donald Trump strips that away so he can pay for his trillion dollar tax cuts to the rich your child could die. If he cuts out Social Security so he can pay for the tax cut he gave himself and the richest America’s. We will have millions of people homeless in the streets. Oh and his family are not innocent in anyway since They stand by his side and except and enjoy all the lush gift money that they receive from all that he takes. So remember when you vote for a Republican you’re voting for Donald Trump and you’re not voting for YOU or AMERICA!

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  • Abbi
    10/16/2018
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    You should be allowed to register at the polls on Election Day, you can be issued a voter Id at the polls, there should be exit polls and paper ballots. We also should have ranked choice voting. In the 2016 election both candidates ran on fear, if you didn’t vote for one the other would be elected, ranked choice voting helps eliminate that by allowing us to vote for the candidate we most want and allowing our votes to be tallied with our second choice should our first choice not get enough votes. This will benefit everyone as it’s a mutu-partisan issue. And for the love of god remove the judges that stopped native Americans from voting. Reverse the ruling they are the first Americans they should have the right to vote in every election.

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  • Beth
    10/16/2018
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    These are UNAMERICAN , RACIALLY, SOCIOECONOMICLY ,ARTIFICIALLY ESTABLISHED BLOCKS to FREE ELECTIONS by the REPUBLICAN PARTY which seeks ILLEGITIMATELY ESTABLISH a FASCIST RULING PARTY like PUTIN’S !!!!! YOU had better GET TO the POLLS and VOTE the GOP OUT of OFFICE. DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER, fight for your RIGHTS as AMERICAN CITIZENS!!!!!!

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  • Mark
    10/16/2018
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    To be made as simple and easy as possible!!

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  • Matthew
    10/16/2018
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    Please round up all illegal aliens and deport them and arrest Democrats who are encouraging deceit in the polls . It’s time for justice

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  • Robin
    10/16/2018
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    Another Dem diversion. What will effect the elections the most are the 12 Dem majority states who have changed the way electoral votes are counted. They no longer go by percentage to each candidate but now go by majority vote GETS ALL THE ELECTORAL VOTES.

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