From Texas to Missouri to Virginia, conservative legislators are promising to push the issue as hard as ever. But, despite their determination and earlier successes in some states, progressive legislators and voting rights advocates have proven that passage of such measures is not guaranteed. Missouri is perhaps the most important example, as voter ID proponents were basically declaring victory at the end of last session only to see their efforts fall short. That victory for voters was made possible by strong coordinated action by legislators, local advocates and national groups . Similar efforts and coordination will likely be required to defeat these measures again this year.
Regular readers of our Dispatch are aware that evidence of voter fraud is thin at best . Yet, time and again conservatives raise this red herring to justify suppressive voting laws. Progressive legislators in states with voter ID battles brewing can bolster their position by vigorously refuting these false claims of fraud, and highlighting the impact that voter ID requirements have on the ability of elderly, disabled, young, and married female voters to cast their ballots. Additionally, strong voter protection legislation  that sanctions intimidation, deception and voter caging can be introduced to deal with the very real problems of voter suppression, which unlike fraud, we see in every election .
ResourcesProject Vote - Voter ID Still a Looming Threat for 2009 
Progressive States Network - Resist Vote Suppression by the Right Wing 
Demos - Voter ID Issue Brief 
Brennan Center for Justice - Alternatives to Voter ID Policy Brief 
Project Vote - The Politics of Voter Fraud 
Model Voter Protection Legislation