For Romney, Latino voters are a threat as he still trails at 22 percent to Obama's 70 percent in a recent Latino Decisions poll. These measures will harm a lot of Democrat-leaning demographics, however, nowhere will it be felt more acutely than in the Latino community.
In a world where we have election day on Tuesday and rent due Wednesday, living paycheck to paycheck and even shift to shift, having to decide between voting and working will make a grim difference in November.
In recent weeks much has been made of stricter voter ID laws. But if the brave politicians pushing through this crucial legislation are truly passionate about ensuring our democracy, perhaps they should consider another provision: Voter IQ laws.
It's a sin and a shame that in 2012 we are still fighting the same battles for voting rights that have been going on since the nation was founded and facing some of the same Jim Crow-era voter suppression tactics we hoped were dead and buried after the Civil Rights Movement.
The new laws requiring US citizens to produce photo IDs at the poll are designed to deprive elderly and minority citizens of the precious right to cast their vote. These regressive laws are themselves the most dangerous voter fraud threatening American democracy.
A population that could be uniquely affected by the new voter ID laws is the transgender community. According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, as many as 25,000 transgender people could lose their right to vote.
Over the weekend, Mitt Romney, while clearly benefiting from Republican voter purges and Voter ID laws meant to discourage minority and working class voters, accused the Obama Justice Department of somehow trying to disenfranchise military voters -- his biggest lie yet.
I prefer to assume that Obama will win, probably a narrow victory, with the House remaining in Republican hands, and the Senate still under narrow Democratic control. This is recipe for gridlock and endless bickering unless Obama can step up his game.
Facing the reality of an ever-diversifying electorate, and their own party's failure to broaden its horizons, some Republican lawmakers have resorted to implementing tricks and roadblocks in the voting process.
In Philadelphia, the largest city in the largest swing state among those with strict new voter ID laws, there are as many as 250,000 registered voters who don't have the required voter ID.
Since Pennsylvania is a swing state, it has become a flashpoint in the ongoing debate over voter ID laws. The specifics of restrictive voter ID laws mean that many voters with a photo ID still might not be able to cast a vote that will count.
All of these voter suppression laws are really targeting minorities, students and the elderly, as well as voters with disabilities. We need to prevent bad legislation from preventing people to vote in the 2012 U.S. election.
Does any journalist who is not an overt shill for the right actually believe that Republicans are pushing voter ID laws because they're concerned about voter fraud? No, of course not.
The targets of these Republican voter ID laws are two large demographics which have been voting overwhelmingly Democratic: minorities and young people. But there's another massive group of people who will also be affected by the new laws: the elderly.