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Janai Nelson in Christian Science Monitor: Voter Photo ID Laws Don't Protect our Nation In Any Meaningful Way

Friday, August 26, 2016

Room for Compromise on Voter ID Laws?

“They really do not protect our nation in any meaningful way and instead deter voters from turning out to polls and casting a vote when they do,” says Janai Nelson, [Associate Director-Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund,] in a telephone interview with The Christian Science Monitor.

Ms. Nelson, who helped litigate a lower-court challenge to the Texas law, said the measures called for by the judge in that case were “imperfect but helpful” examples of compromise, often overlooked in an impassioned debate.

“We should be looking for ways to ensure that our voters are who they say they are but also to make sure that the ID being requested is sensible,” she says. 

Read the full article here.