Voting Rights Act — Happy 47th Birthday
Riiight. So much for that theory. The Party of Lincoln has mutated into the Party of Sheriff Bull Connor. Rightwing politicians are doing their KKK ancestors proud by waging the largest voter suppression drive since the early 1960s.
Not only are they trying to require a photo I.D. in order to vote, but there’s mass confusion over which types of I.D. are acceptable. Driver’s license? Maybe. Student I.D. card? Don’t count on it. In Texas, the same I.D. card that will enable you to buy a gun will NOT be accepted at the voting booth.
Some of the red(neck) states are even trying to get the Supreme Court to overturn the Voting Rights Act.
And requiring an I.D. card in order to vote is only the tip of the iceberg. Whatever actual problems there’ve been with non-citizens trying to vote, this problem will NOT be solved by squelching voter registration drives, eliminating early voting and making absentee voting more difficult.
The more things change…
Forty-seven years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the President and Attorney General of the United States are both black. And “mainstream” Republicans have lurched so far to the right, they make Bull Connor and George Wallace would look like flaming liberals.
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