The ACLU claims, and the Chicago Lawyers' Committee agrees, that Voter suppression laws including those that require a photo ID in order to vote are a threat to democracy. Requiring a government-issued photo ID in order to cast a ballot has disparate impact to discourage low-income individuals, racial and ethnic minority voters, senior citizens and voters with disabilities from casting ballots. More than 25% of voting age African-Americans do not have a government-issued photo-ID, compared with only 8% of whites. In addition, senior citizens and disabled persons are less likely to have driver's licenses, students and young voters are more likely to rely on absentee or early voting. New Voter ID laws will radically reduce the voting population, while combatting the phantom, overexaggerated fear of voter fraud.
House Bill 3903 and Senate Bill 2496 would require everyone seeking to vote to present a government-issued photo ID card something millions of eligible, registered voters don’t have. The main effect of these bills is to disenfranchise voters - particularly the elderly, people with disabilities, low-income voters, students and voters of color.
We hope that you will join us in telling IL legislators to oppose HB 3903 and SB 2496.