Voter ID Laws May Be Suppressing Valid Votes

By Daniela Salvador

July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 9, 2012 at 6:28 PM EDT

Undated (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Efforts to prevent voter fraud may prevent legitimate votes from being counted.

More than two dozen states have voter ID laws, requiring people to prove their identity at the polls. Voters who don't have an ID can sometimes fill out temporary ballots, to be verified later.

The Associated Press reviewed temporary ballots from Indiana and Georgia. Georgia was the first to implement the strictest standards.

The review found 1,200 of those ballots were tossed during the 2008 general election, which could mean that more legitimate votes are being disqualified than fraudulent ones.

Voting rights groups and Democrats fear the laws could suppress the votes of the elderly, poor, minorities and people who may not have the right identification. However, supporters say the laws prevent voter fraud.

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