Sen. Bennet asks for review of photo ID laws
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today requested that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) carefully review highly restrictive photo identification voter requirements that are under consideration or recently signed into law in several states. He said such laws could potentially disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters.
“These laws are a solution in search of a problem,” said Bennet in an email. “Instead of protecting the integrity of our voting system, many of these laws effectively disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters. Voting is integral to the strength of our democracy, and we should be working to increase voting participation, not keeping valid voters from having their voices heard.”
See Associated Press story here.](http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2011/06/29/6975844-senators-concerned-by-photo-id-requirement-to-vote)
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has lobbied for more restrictive voting requirements in Colorado, but has not yet been successful.