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If you’re puzzled by the sudden proliferation of photo ID laws throughout the U.S., MinnPost sheds some light on the disturbing development by revealing the link between such laws and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Washington, D.C.-based, tax-exempt organization:
A growing number of conservative Republican state legislators worked fervently during the past two years to enact laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
Lawmakers proposed 62 photo ID bills in 37 states in the 2011 and 2012 sessions, with multiple bills introduced in some states. Ten states have passed strict photo ID laws since 2008, though several may not be in effect in November because of legal challenges.
A News21 analysis found that more than half of the 62 bills were sponsored by members or conference attendees of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Washington, D.C.-based, tax-exempt organization.