Dem Platform: Voter ID Laws are 'Unnecessary Restrictions' on Young, Elderly, 'People of Color'

By Pete Winn | September 4, 2012 | 6:18 PM EDT

Obama campaign logo at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

( – The 2012 Democratic Party platform calls Voter ID laws unnecessary restrictions" on the right to vote for the young, the old, the disabled and the poor -- and commits Democrats to oppose them..

Under the “Voting Rights” section, the platform states: “We believe the right to vote and to have your vote counted is an essential American freedom, and we oppose laws that place unnecessary restrictions on those seeking to exercise that freedom. Democrats have a proud history of standing up for the right to vote.”

The platform plank refers to the Obama Justice Department, which it said, “has initiated careful, thorough, and independent reviews of proposed voting changes, and it has prevented states from implementing voter identification laws that would be harmful to minority voters.”, approved Tuesday in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention

Voter ID laws require citizens to positively establish their identity before voting by providing photo-ID or government-issued identification at the polls.

According to the Democratic platform: “Democrats know that voter identification laws can disproportionately burden young voters, people of color, low-income families, people with disabilities, and the elderly, and we refuse to allow the use of political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens.”