As more states pass restrictions, Voter Empowerment Act introduced (video)

In response to growing state legislation for stricter voting requirements, U.S. House Democrats introduced the Voter Empowerment Act on Thursday. The proposed federal legislation modernizes the voter registration process by making online registration universal.  All eligible voters would be able to register on Election Day, and update their personal information onsite. Federally funded universities would also be required conduct voter registration drives under the act.

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law says the reform proposal could add more than 50 million eligible citizens to the rolls, permanently.

According to the Brennan Center, over the past 18 months 176 bills have been proposed on the state level that increase restrictions on the voting process.

Bob Phillips of Common Cause North Carolina says voter fraud has not been a problem in North Carolina, yet the Republican-led General Assembly is expected to try again in the short session to override the Governor’s veto on a voter ID bill.

Phillips joins us this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to talk about the continued push for voter ID, the influence of ALEC, and the need for redistricting reform. For a preview, click below.

To learn more about the Voter Empowerment Act, visit here and here.


  1. TheLoneRanger

    May 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Some Democrats are pushing new legislation in the House of Representatives to ensure that there continues to be voter fraud so as to help get President Obama get re-elected this November. It will also help Democratic candidates nationwide.

    The Voter Empowerment Act, as the deceptively titled federal legislation is known, would circumvent new voter identification laws in 16 states and approved by the people. These state laws were enacted to prevent the same widespread voter fraud mostly perpetuated by Obama activists in A.C.O.R.N. during the 2008 presidential elections.

    The bill approves same day voter registration which makes it impossible for states to verify whether a person who goes to vote in Georgia actually lives in Georgia. Georgia’s new law, for instance, provides voters with free ID cards.

    Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, said in a press conference in opposition to state voter verification laws, “I hope and pray that we will not return to the days of overt discrimination.”

    Being from Georgia, Lewis, a southern black, should know the history of racism and discrimination better. Between 1889 and 1910 it was his Democratic Party that kept blacks from voting after the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed giving them the right to vote.

    The question then is, “Why was the Democratic Party trying to keep blacks from voting?” The answer is because they were voting for Republicans. Since Abraham Lincoln, the Republicans have largely only wanted fair elections. Something the brainwashed Democrats have a hard time wrapping their heads around since it is only by voter fraud and Justice Department frivolous lawsuits can they get what the rest of us don’t want.

  2. david esmay

    May 18, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Voter ID laws are just another form of discrimination foisted on the electorate by republicans who know their pool of voters is shrinking, the running out of old white people. The most cases of fraud recorded were 86, nation wide. Shark attacks out number instances of voter fraud in Florida. Out of the millions of votes cast, the number of instances involving fraud is so small, why bother, unless you’re trying to eliminate people who do not vote repub. Thinly veiled conservative B.S., without substantiating facts.

  3. Frank Burns

    May 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I disagree completely with the thesis of this article that requiring citizens to show a voter id card places restrictions on voters. Do those voters feel that way when they are required to show a photo ID when they cash a check, or a multiple of other daily activities? Of course not, that is a silly proposition. How does anyone really know how much voter fraud has gone on? A few get caught and broad conclusion are made that voter fraud is not significant. Ask jury pools how many “voters” get called for jury duty only to say that they are not citizens and cannot serve on the jury. Hmmm very interesting indeed. President Jimmy Carter chaired a commission on US elections and they recommended the use of voter IDs. It just makes so much sense.

  4. david esmay

    May 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Nobody cares what you think on this issue Frank, you’re simply going to repeat whatever you heard on faux news today.

  5. Frank Burns

    May 20, 2012 at 6:57 am

    David, If you don’t care, then why did you respond? Hmmm. I think for myself, obviously you do not.

  6. david esmay

    May 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Hmmm, maybe your tea party crack pot talking points are pointless, I challenge you to submit an original idea or response.

  7. Frank Burns

    May 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I most certainly have submitted an orginal idea which you have deliberately ignored. I challenge you to respond. Former President Jimmy Carter chaired the commission on federal election reform, here is their report. http://www1.american.edu/ia/cfer/ In it you will see that they recommend the use of photo IDs. Do you reckon Jimmy Carter watches Fox news too? Has the cat got your tongue? Your leftwing sites never told you that did they? Oops, did I shatter your talking point?

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