Voter BS


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By Joe Messina

Since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in 2013, the US has seen the rise of voter ID laws. These laws, pushed almost exclusively by Republicans in state legislatures, generally require voters to present valid photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport. Coincidentally (but probably not), these laws disproportionately affect poor and minority citizens (like my choice of the word citizen? That’s because citizens have the right to vote. This is fun shit) who are less likely to have access to these forms of ID.

Jimmy Dore read a statistic from The Nation in this clip from The Jimmy Dore Show, which said that “In 2012, African-American voters in Wisconsin were 1.7 times as likely as white voters to lack a driver’s license or state photo ID, and Latino voters were 2.6 times…” Interesting. It’s so strange that this affects people who tend to vote Democrat.

Republicans claim there is rampant voter fraud, which is why these laws are necessary. Voter fraud is, I guess, when someone pretends to be someone else so they get to stand in line in an elementary school gymnasium twice. You may be surprised to know that, in reality, this basically never happens.

We’ve seen the effects of voter ID laws (plus the mysterious disappearance of dozens of polling places) in this election, and I worry about what strange things are going to happen in my adopted home state of Pennsylvania in a few days and in the rest of the states still waiting to vote.

The ID laws don’t just affect minorities, either. Think about how many people don’t drive and may not have licenses or passports in New York City. Or how many student IDs are not considered acceptable forms of ID under the laws, as Dore explains on the show.

Watch the whole clip below.


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