Over the past few elections, states have increasingly implemented voter ID and voting restriction laws in an effort to combat voter fraud through voter impersonation. Thirty-two states now have some form of voter ID law, while 7 of those states strictly require an approved photo ID. State legislatures and governors, often Republican, say these measures help the integrity of the vote while critics say they disenfranchise large portions of specific demographics due to difficulties obtaining the proper ID. That includes minority and younger voters, groups which lean Democrat.

Leonard Downie Jr, former executive editor for the Washington Post, has covered presidential elections since 1984. His latest project is News21 which, among other endeavors, looks into the issue of voter fraud in the United States. He and his students have gathered information on over a billion ballots since the 2000 election to pinpoint where voter fraud is happening. Tune in for a discussion of their findings and an explanation of why obtaining an ID can be so difficult and expensive.

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