Official total of states opposed to Real ID

Posted: July 23, 2009 in opposition, Real ID Act of 2005, State Affairs

BTC Exclusive- Widespread discrepancies about the number of States opposed to Real ID have plagued local and national media outlets. The federal government has only recognized 13 States who oppose the Real ID Act. Various advocacy groups nationwide have had inconsistent consensus, spottily reported to national and local media.

According to reports by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, 24 states have passed laws opposing the federal plan for national identity. Other states have filed legislation and passed resolutions up to the federal government, signed by their Governors. As many as 20 States oppostion to the Real ID Act have gone unrecognized by the DHS Senate Committee in Washington D.C.

EPIC or the Electronic Privacy Information Center, sponsored a current total of State’s opposition to the Real ID Act. A current cross check of legislation will be available on Real Nightmare.org.

As of 5:23 EST, the count of States who have passed a law or resolution against the federal Real ID Act is 25.

STATES WHO PASSED LAWS OPPOSING REAL ID
TOTAL : 15 [GOLD]
AK, WA, ID, AZ, MT, OK, LA, GA, SC, NH, ME, VA, MN, OR, MO

STATES WHO PASSED RESOLUTIONS OPPOSING REAL ID
TOTAL : 10 + MO [SILVER]
HI, NV, UT, CO, NE, SD, ND, AR, IL, TN

STATES WHO FILED LEGISLATION THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT in ’09
TOTAL : 7 [COPPER]
IA, PA, WI, KY, TX, CT, MA,

(and unofficially NC where they have been lied to repeatedly)
[1 Cast Iron Skillet for Rep. Cole]

EPIC & the ACLU are updating their website today to offer corrections to media outlets.

The number of organizations which opposed Real ID, according to this AILA report, is pretty long: 628 (+ The 5-11 Campaign), 629.  Additions and corrections are welcome regarding an update according to the PASS Act.
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