Crist to testify against voter ID laws [FL]


Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week about voting rights, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday.

Florida was one of a handful of battleground states at the center of controversy over voter ID laws, most of which were put on hold by courts that deemed them too restrictive. The laws were enacted in Florida after Crist — who was a Republican in office, ran for Senate in 2010 as an independent and recently became a Democrat — left office.

Crist and other Democrats criticize the laws as an attempt to disenfranchise poor and minority voters. Supporters argue the laws help prevent voter fraud and that the identification requirements aren't overly burdensome.