How Democrats Can Fight Voter Suppression
During the 2014 midterm election, liberal donors spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to prop up Democratic candidates. And what do they have to show for it?
Some of this money would have been better spent on get-out-the-vote efforts instead of endless commercials and robocalls. Nothing like spending billions of dollars to get your base all fired up, and then they're not even allowed to vote because [consult your local teabagger for popular excuses]
These ALEC/Koch-directed voter suppression schemes are basically a poll tax, regardless of how many euphemisms the corporate-funded “Tea Party” comes up with. And what should Democratic donors spend some of their money on? As the linked article says, “pay people's poll taxes.”
It can be expensive to obtain an acceptable photo ID card. A lot of low-income people don't drive and/or they live far away from the nearest DMV or county administrative office. (That's why it's a poll tax.) Other popular don't let them nigras vote tactics include banning same-day voter registration and banning early and extended voting hours. These voter suppression laws are clearly unconstitutional, but don't expect the Supreme Court to step in. Money is speech; voting isn't. Corporations are people; swarthy minorities aren't.
Assuming these Jim Crow laws are still in effect for the next election, Democratic donors should spend whatever it takes to help millions of low-income voters with the cost (and bureaucratic red tape) of obtaining a photo ID card. Conduct massive voter registration drives. Send out constant reminders of when the polling booths are open for early and late voting. Etc.