By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service
LANSING – While courts in other states wrestle with challenges to their voter photo ID laws in the run-up to the November elections, Michigan’s law is firmly in place. Supporters of photo ID requirements argue that they prevent fraud at the polls, while critics counter that they discourage Election Day participation, especially among minority voters who may not have one of the mandatory forms of identification. Michigan is one of 33 states where voters must show proof of identity, according to Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. “The long history of voting rights issues in the United States haunts this debate, with one side focused on preventing voter suppression and the other focused on preventing elections from being ‘stolen,’” the center said. “Frequently, memories are invoked of the extreme suppression of African-American voters in the Jim Crow South or of corrupt ward bosses in the Tammany Hall era, for example, stuffing ballot boxes and encouraging voting ‘early and often.’”
Court decisions on the issue are mixed.
By JORDAN BRADLEY
Capital News Service
LANSING — Voters should cast a critical eye at polls before accepting their findings as truth, experts say. Jeff Williams, chief executive officer of Public Sector Consultants, warns the public and media alike to be critical of polls this election season and the way they’re represented in the press. Public Sector Consultants is a private research and polling company based in Lansing. Erika King, a professor of political science at Grand Valley State University, stressed the importance of knowing the source of a poll. She advised voters to look closely at what information is being provided, how the poll was taken, the kind of people being surveyed and how they were selected.
By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer
LANSING, MI. – Old Town Lansing residents said President Obama has re-joined the presidential race after his performance in the first debate. According to CBS News, many Americans said Mitt Romney won the debate. However, the second debate was a tie. Old Town Resident Amy Kwiatkowski said, “I think Obama represented himself better in the second debate due to his knowledge of the subjects discussed, his persona and he did not try to bash Romney as much as Romney did him.”
Old Town resident Ryan Hodges, who is not even an Obama endorser, felt Obama won the second debate against Romney. “I dislike him, but he represented himself better,” Hodges said.