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Retired appellate judge says the push for voter ID threatens constitutional rights

by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Retired Judge Nathaniel Jones says there's no equating the voting right with buying cigarettes.
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A panel looking into voting problems nationwide was in Columbus today to talk about issues facing Ohio' voters. Retired federal Judge Nathaniel Jones, one of the members of the National Commission on Voting Rights, says bills Ohio lawmakers are considering to require a voter photo IDs could make it harder for voters to exercise their constitutional rights.
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“We have a 15th Amendment that forbids simple-minded and sophisticated methods of discrimination. We are seeing both these days, both simple minded and sophisticated. They are so sophisticated that we have people who would normally be allies saying, in regard to voter ID, ‘Oh, I have to show ID to get a pack of cigarettes; I have to show ID to get on a plane; I have to show ID to buy a drink. But they don’t understand that none of those things are constitutionally guaranteed. Voting is a constitutional right.”

The panel has been holding hearings across the nation to gather information for two reports which will be shared with Congress, state and advocates.
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