Voter ID Laws Are Deliberately Racist
Posted at 8:11 a.m. on July 18, 2014
Ana Marie Cox shows how recent voter ID cases brought to courts in Texas and North Carolina may help highlight their deliberately racist underpinnings.
“And they will need to defend the outrageous details of the law – such has how a concealed carry permit is a permissible form of voter ID but a federally-issued Medicare card carried by an elderly woman is not.”
“Putting malice under a national spotlight might be the best way to turn people against voter ID laws in general.”
“Right now, Americans support the idea of voter ID laws by huge margins … But the reasons that the public supports such laws aren’t the same as the GOP’s reasons for pursuing them: Republicans want to prevent specific types of people from voting; the American public wants voting to be fair. That’s why conservatives have had to hammer so hard on the false narrative of ‘voter fraud’ – to convince everyone that it’s what the laws are really about.”
Support declines when voters are educated about the true intent of these laws: A “survey found that informing respondents that ‘Opponents of voters ID laws argue they can actually prevent people who are eligible to vote from voting’ brought support for voter ID down by 12 points.”