supressing the vote

Mother Jones: On Thursday, Senator Dick Durbin held a hearing on the rash of restrictive voter ID laws being pushed by Republicans all over the country. Voting rights activists have argued the laws will reduce turnout among minorities and the poor.

Republicans’ huge midterm victory last November translated into increased control of state legislatures, which they’ve used to pass new, more onerous restrictions on voting, sometimes explicitly for the purpose of suppressing votes from Democratic-leaning constituencies. Judith Brown Dianis of the Advancement Project called the wave of restrictions the largest effort to suppress the vote “since Reconstruction”.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights has produced a map showing how many states are in the process of passing such laws (see above).

What the map doesn’t show is that five states, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, and West Virginia, have actually curtailed early voting as well. As Ari Berman reported, some of these ban voting on “the Sunday before the election — a day when black churches historically mobilize their constituents.”

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6 Responses to “supressing the vote”

  1. September 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    It is amazing that Arizona isnt pushing this Photo ID because they are all about voter suppression here. They have cut polling places by about 75%.

  2. September 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I guess this is part of the knuckle dragging, mouth breathing flat-landers plan to get THEIR COUNTRY back.

  3. 3 achieve
    September 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Are they saying Blacks and Latinos are not smart enough to go down to the state Motor Vehicle department and get a photo ID? If that is what they are saying,that is ridiculous. I don’t know any adult who does not have official ID.
    But if photo ID is required to vote, and you don’t have one, then get don’t there and get one. Be proactive, take care of your business.

  4. 4 achieve
    September 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    If ID is what states want, then lets have photo ID drives, on college campuses, and at shopping centers, etc.

  5. 5 utaustinliberal
    September 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I hope the GOP voter suppression tactics keep being exposed.

  6. 6 Cindy Sweatt
    September 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    What the hell is happening to America? Since when does winning the vote no longer mean winning. Filibusters, suppressing votes. . . If the majority doesn’t vote for you or your idea-you lose. Stop all the tricks.

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