These days, the press is full of stories about a number of states’ (including the one in which I reside) using new voter ID requirements aimed at “eliminating voter fraud” as a cover to suppress voter participation by folks who are already disenfranchised (poor, people of color) – actual cases of voter fraud are so minimal, the need for major voter reform seems contrived at best, Machiavellian at worst, they say.
To bring that point home in a recent OpEd piece on the subject, Larry Norden of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program was quoted as saying; “Our country was founded on the principle of all men being equal. We should have equal access to vote.”
The problem with that statement; it’s not true.
Men held as slaves were not equal; they weren’t, according to many of our founders, even people, they were property.
So, the only difference between then and now; then those in charge made no effort to hide their intent to keep a portion of the US population from having an equal say. Now, they try to hide that intent via machinations that look clean and well intended.
Perhaps that’s our country’s definition of progress.
- Poor People, Non-Whites, Those With No Cars Face Harder Time With Voter ID Laws (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Voter ID Law A ‘Solution In Search Of A Problem’? Watchdogs Find Little Evidence Of Fraud (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- Wisconsin Attorney General says he will fight Voter ID Law ruling (fox6now.com)
- Voter ID Laws Could Keep Millions of Eligible Voters from Polls, Study Finds (acslaw.org)
- Voter Suppression or Voter Fraud: What is Really Happening? (sociallyjournalistic.wordpress.com)