The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been in the news as of late with companies dropping support of the lobbyist group over backing of controversial voter ID legislation. The controversy in a nutshell…
Conservative legislators tout the laws’ ability to stop voter fraud. ALEC argues that such fraud could be a serious problem, pointing to the nation’s messy voter registration rolls. The assertion is bolstered by a recent report from the Pew Center on the States, which says 1.8 million deceased Americans are still listed as voters and that 2.75 million people are registered to vote in more than one state.
But the laws have drawn rebuke from the U.S. Department of Justice and civil rights advocates, who say the requirements will disproportionately restrict access to the ballot for people of color, students, homeless and the elderly — groups that they say are less likely to possess government-issued identification.
A new report stops short of identifying why the National Beer Wholesalers Association and Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America would benefit from Voter ID legislation. Representatives say their reason for supporting ALEC relates to its Public Safety and Elections task force, aimed at “fostering efforts aimed at preventing underage drinking.”
Regardless of motive for supporting ALEC, with companies facing public scrutiny for supporting ALEC, Color of Change’s Executive Director Rashad Robinson alluded to the possibility of the two organizations being future targets of boycott campaigns.