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Washington, DC—Today, the Indiana Court of Appeals struck down a controversial voter identification law. In response, Tova Andrea Wang, Senior Democracy Fellow at Demos, a national public policy center that has conducted extensive research and legal work on Voter ID and election reform, issued the following statement in support of the decision:
The United States Constitution has withstood the test of time for more than two centuries as our Nation's charter of government and the guarantor of our liberties. Signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, this founding document reflects our core values and enshrines the truths set forth in the Declaration of Independence, that we are each endowed with certain unalienable rights. As the beneficiaries of these rights, all Americans have a solemn obligation to participate in our democracy so that it remains vibrant, strong, and responsiveto the needs of our citizens.
Des Moines residents have an exciting opportunity to elect the first Asian woman to the Des Moines City Council. Cyndi Chen, the Administrator of Commission on the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage (CAPI), a group that culminated as a result of her consistent work with community leaders, is running for the at-large seat vacated by Des Moines City Councilman Michael Kiernan. Being a native of Taiwan, Cyndi has made Des Moines her home.
Washington D.C.- Immediately after the Presidential election of 2008, it was quickly apparent through exit polling that Latino, Asian, and African-American voting had expanded dramatically compared to the 2004 election. Census Bureau data released late last month confirms the tremendous growth in voting among these groups. Today, the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) releases a fact check, Latino and Asian Clout in the Voting Booth, which shows how much the electoral power of racial and ethnic minorities increased in just four years.
In the United States, the burden of registering falls squarely on voters. In countries where the government does more of the work, according to a new study, registration rates are much higher.