Democrats are battling a growing number of states that are preparing to implement tougher voter identification laws.
Stopping voter ID laws is crucial to Democrats who argue college students, the elderly and minorities will be prevented from voting under the new laws.
“It’s no surprise that these voter suppression efforts are being pushed by Republicans in key swing states,” said Democratic Governor Association spokeswoman Lis Smith.
Republicans pushing to pass such legislation counter that tougher laws will prevent voter fraud and keep ineligible voters from the polling booths.
Now, opponents of the laws don’t just have Republicans to worry about.
Rhode Island’s independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee is the latest to join the voter identification law spree — he signed a tougher bill into law Tuesday after it was passed by the state’s Democratic-controlled house and senate. The governor told The Providence Journal the new law would increase “accuracy and integrity” shortly after signing the bill.
Nearly 20 other states are considering more stringent voter photo identification laws, which has many Democrats crying out in retaliation.
More than 15 Democratic senators have signed a letter calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the legality of states’ “highly restrictive photo identification requirements,” which they allege violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act and, ultimately, civil rights.
Holder’s office would not confirm or deny if it is complying with the request from the senators.
“The Justice Department is monitoring, as it routinely does, this type of legislative activity in the states,” Holder’s office told The Daily Caller.
The letter comes weeks after the Democratic Governors Association embarked on a $50,000 fundraising effort to combat voter ID laws.
The Supreme Court has previously upheld voter photo ID laws. The high court ruled in favor of allowing Indiana to enforce photo identification legislation at voting booths in April 2008. High profile Republicans such as current House Speaker John Boehner praised the decision while civil rights groups like the League of Women Voters and many Democrats denounced it.
The fundraising, which ended June 30, surpassed the $50,000 mark, Smith said.
So far, the DGA has specifically targeted Florida and Wisconsin, where Republican governors recently signed voter ID bills into law.