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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Confirmed: Voter ID Laws Reduce Turnout Among Black Voters; Supreme Court Approves

The Government Accountability Office has confirmed what we already suspected.  Dozens of ALEC/GOP-instigated Voter ID laws have delivered their intended results:  reduced turnout among black, young and elderly voters.  Mission Accomplished.

And these voter suppression laws are being approved and encouraged by the Corporate Arm of the Republican Party (formerly known as the U.S. Supreme Court).  North Carolina's new Keep the Nigras Out of the Voting Booth law had been delayed until after the November election by a federal appeals court.

The Supreme Court justices, recognizing the urgency involved, took time out from their busy schedule to quickly overturn the Appeals Court's decision.  So now it's full speed ahead for North Carolina in their mission to eliminate early voting and voter registration drives (the Voter ID part of North Carolina's Jim Crow law doesn't take effect until 2016).

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Of course this comes as no surprise to anyone with a little common sense. And why would Republicans want to make it easier for blacks to vote when they vote predominantly democratic? They wouldn't. They don't. They won't.

October 10, 2014 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Nope, they wouldn't and they won't. The Supreme Court picked GW Bush for President in 2000, and it looks like they blatantly want the Senate to go Republican in 2014.

October 10, 2014 at 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A drivers license or photo ID is commonplace in our society. Individuals need to produce identification to prove their identity when they travel by airplane or bus, buy alcohol or cigarettes, apply for housing, buy certain cold medications, enter a nightclub, apply for welfare, gamble in a casino and even to purchase certain rated video games or enter certain movies or even getva medical procedure.

In none of these instances or events has the accusation of racism or an attempt to prevent black people from participating been hurled.

October 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

The voter suppression law that's the subject of this post is North Carolina's law prohibiting early voting and voter registration drives. The ID card requirement doesn't take effect until 2016. Maybe you can explain how voter registration and early voting are encouraging voter fraud.

Didn't think so.

October 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Rural areas many People have family bibles as proof of birth and many states (especially the Southern Ones) have accepted that for government assistance, Medicare, Medical Help, Social Security, and (if they could pay for it) A Driver's License, or ID Card.

Now it's illegal to vote with, including people who've used them all along. Did they all of a sudden become illegal?


October 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Good points. Good question, but don't hold your breath waiting for an answer from Anonymous.

October 11, 2014 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

@Anon, yeah they do especially if they are so poor they don't even have money for a bus trip. They do, however, have that ID available for the plane trip they may take to a vacation paradise in their copious free time between the 2 or more jobs they have. Why do they need to take days out of their lives to go get an ID for something that is a right. No poll taxes... means no poll taxes, means no polls taxes. Having to get an ID is just another form of having "the other" do a literacy test to find out if they should be "allowed" to vote. What's next, women have to get a male relative's approval before they can vote? Fuck that shit, sideways...with a rusty garden implement even.

October 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: "What's next, women have to get a male relative's approval before they can vote?"

LOL. If such a law ever got passed, the Supreme Court would rubber-stamp it in the name of "states' rights" or "Freedumb" or something.

October 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got finished reading "Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus" by Rick Perlstein. Some of this I have heard of but he talks more in detail how in the 1964 Election in Arizona, 2 Republicans would wear these law enforcement like uniforms then go the polls and challenge only the black voters, demanding to know if they are registered, having them read the constitution (to make sure they can read), and other forms of intimidation.

What happened to them? Well one William Rehnquist became a future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Other Richard Kleindienst became an Attorney General. The Republicans in Charge of the Senate ignored these incidents.

Why am I not surprised?


October 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Damn, I had no idea. The early adventures of William Rehnquist and Richard Kleindienst -- these kids were going places.

October 14, 2014 at 3:17 PM  

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