Yesterday was a very good day if you believe that we should be making it easier…not harder…for all legal citizens to exercise their right to vote.
In the great state of Texas a federal judge struck down the state’s new voter I’d law. The judge called the new law an “unconstitutional poll tax.”
In Wisconsin the Supreme Court weighed in; blocking the Republican state legislature from implementing a law that required voters to present photo identification.
Ever since Barak Obama became our first African American president the Republican Party has engaged in a series of blatantly discriminatory measures designed to prevent such an outcome from ever happening again.
Republicans understand that over 93% of black and minority voters vote Democrat. Since they have no interest in policy issues that are important to this demographic the only way to beat these groups at the polls is to water down their representation and make it harder for them to cast their votes. From redistricting, to stringent voter I’d laws, to reducing early voting hours; the Republican Party has done everything it can to reduce the voting power of these minority groups. The goal is to make voting so difficult to vote that these groups will stay home.
Republicans will tell you that their efforts are designed to address the tsunami of voter fraud that is sweeping the country. That’s a lie. There is not one scintilla of evidence to prove their point. In fact studies throughout the country have proven that incidents of voter fraud are “inconsequential and have had no affect on the outcomes.”
Redrawing voting districts to combine black precincts and thereby lower black representation has nothing to do with voter fraud. Neither does reducing early voting hours in predominantly black districts while white districts remain unchanged.
Let’s just call this what it is. It is a discriminatory, racist, bigoted effort to cheat.