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Debate: Are Voter I.D. Laws Unconstitutional?

  • Room 912, Kimmel Center for University Life 60 Washington Square South New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Ever since the conclusion of the last presidential election, questions have been raised about how voter I.D. laws affected turnout at the polls. This debate continues to be a subject of contention as midterm elections approach. Thirty-two states now have voter I.D. laws in place with seven of them specifically requiring photo identification in order to cast a ballot and vary along which forms of identification are acceptable.

Are voter identification laws a necessary precaution of the future? How big of a concern is voter fraud? Are voter I.D. laws a tactic of voter discrimination? Is there a clear answer in the Constitution or does it require interpretation? We will be joined by guest speaker Richard Pildes.Explore these questions and many more by joining The Review and Debates for an evening of thoughtful discourse. Dinner will be served!

Richard Pildes is a Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and is one of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law and a specialist in legal issues affecting democracy. He has written extensively on the rise of political polarization in the United States, the Voting Rights Act, the dysfunction of America’s political processes, the role of the Supreme Court in overseeing American democracy, as well as the powers of the American President and Congress. A well-known public intellectual, Pildes also has successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court and was nominated for an Emmy as a member of NBC’s breaking-news team for coverage of the 2000 Bush v. Gore contest