What do you think about how Republicans are rewriting election laws as discussed in this article?The article is...

What do you think about how Republicans are rewriting election laws as discussed in this article?

The article is http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-rewriting-state-election-laws-in-ways-that-could-hurt-democrat/2011/09/15/gIQApcuhVK_story.html

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Although I vote Democratic more often than I vote Republican, I cannot get too upset about the laws that the Republicans are passing.  The Republicans believe what they are doing is right, and they are also doing it because it is beneficial to them politically.  The same was true of the Democrats when they passed many of the laws that the Republicans are now trying to repeal.

In each of the examples of what the Republicans are doing, there are valid reasons for doing so.  It does not seem unreasonable to require that a person should prove who they are with a photo ID in order to be allowed to vote.  It is not unreasonable to cut the number of days on which early voting will be held.  Doing so would save money.  In addition, there is a philosophical argument to be made.  Some would argue that a person who really cares would make the effort to vote even if there were only one day when voting was possible.  If the person does not care enough to make it on the days allowed, perhaps they should not be voting.

This is not to say that I agree with these arguments.  However, I recognize that reasonable people can agree with them.  So, what it comes down to is that the Republicans are doing something that is in accord with their ideals and with their political interest.  I can't fault them for that, particularly since Democrats have done the same thing when they have had the chance.