User:GregG/Early voting and voter ID
In light of this edit made by Mr. Schlafly, I want to examine whether early voting laws were passed by liberals to avoid the strictures of voter ID legislation.
(Classification of states as strict/non-strict photo/non-photo ID is from 
Strict Photo ID
In effect in 2012
HB 244 in the 2005-06 session introduced both voter ID and no-excuse absentee balloting. The Georgia House passed HB 224 along party lines: Republicans voting yes, Democrats voting no, with the following exceptions: Johnny Floyd (R-147th), Mark Hatfield (R-177th), Penny Houston (R-170th) voted No; Keith Heard (D-114th), Greg Morris (D-155th) voted Yes.
Attorneys for the state used the existence of no-excuse absentee voting (without having to present photo ID) as an argument that no eligible voters would be disenfranchised as a result of voter ID.
Voters must provide an excuse to vote absentee-by-mail, which does not require photo ID. However, any voter may vote absentee-in-person, which does require presentation of a photo ID or affirming that an exemption applies.
As implemented under the S.A.F.E. Act, Kansas's voter ID system requires absentee and early voters to produce identification. Kris Kobach, the main proponent of the S.A.F.E. Act, bragged about its comprehensiveness in a Wall Street Journal editorial.
Tennessee does not have no-excuse absentee voting nor early voting.
Not in effect in 2012
Mississippi does not have early voting, and Mississippi requires an excuse to cast an absentee ballot.
Pennsylvania requires an excuse to vote absentee. Additionally, Pennsylvania's voter ID law requires absentee voters to include a copy of their voter ID, a Pennsylvania driver's license number, or the last four digits of their Social Security Number.
Absentee-by-mail and absentee-in-person voting require an excuse.
- See generally Response in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Common Cause/Georgia v. Billups, available at http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/litigation/documents/Briefinoppositiontopreliminaryinjunction10-11-05.pdf
- Kobach, Kris W., "The Case for Voter ID," The Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2011
- http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/2013/2013MunicipalElectionHandbook.pdf at p. 13