U.S. President Barack Obama says voting should be ''made easier'' and adapted for today's way of life during his weekly address. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama called for voting modernization across the country during his weekly address on Saturday (February 13). "Too many people feel like the system is rigged, and their voices don't matter," Obama said, speaking in Springfield, Illinois. "The good news is there's also a lot we can do about this, from reducing the influence of money in our politics, to changing the way we draw congressional districts, to simply changing the way we treat each other." He also pointed to a new voter law introduced in Illinois in 2014. It extends early voting, allows Election Day registration at selected sites, and allows for no-excuse absentee voting, so anyone can request a ballot and cast their vote by mail. By contrast, Obama said, voter laws enacted in several Republican-governed states require potential voters to show identification, a move Democrats say is intended to disenfranchise minorities who typically support their party. Democrats argue that elderly and poorer voters - including minorities - are hit hardest, because they are less likely to have required identification -- such as a driver's license or passport. However, supporters say that voter ID laws prevent voter fraud.