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Do Voter ID Laws Contravene the 1965 Voting Rights Act?

The laws have sparked debate over how widespread voter fraud really is–and whether requiring a drivers' license is constitutionally justifiable.

The turbulent presidential election of 2020 put the United States’ electoral process under intense public scrutiny. Over a year after the results were announced, debates over vote fraud and voter suppression continue to divide the country. Greg Palast, Sharon Kyle, and Marjorie Cohn sat down with Roundtable to discuss the issue and related, intensifying policy battles.

In the voter fraud debate, voter ID laws have become a flashpoint for controversy across the nation. In this segment, Roundtable’s guests discuss the implications of requiring identifications to vote.

Palast argues that voter ID laws fundamentally work to promote the interests of the elite.

“It is class war,” he said. “Who doesn't have driver's licenses? They’re people who don't have cars, and they tend to be lower income people.”

The ongoing voting debacle, Palast insists, harkens back to the struggle for the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

“When the Voting Rights Act was passed, it was passed for a simple reason: because most people in the south didn't want to let black people vote,” Palast said. “The point is to stop individuals from stopping other people from exercising their American rights.”

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Roundtable Participants:

Sharon Kyle, co-Founder and publisher, Hollywood Progressive

Greg Palast, author and journalist

Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Watch the full discussion below: