July 10, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Voter ID laws exist for one reason only: disenfranchise minority voters
I’ve written about this issue frequently and I’ll continue to write about it, because the importance cannot be overstated.
Republicans are on mission to suppress as much of the non-Republican vote as possible. Republican lawmakers will continue to tell the lie that their efforts are nothing more than an attempt to prevent voter fraud, and their conservative followers will continue to believe this lie because it is convenient to do so.
Even if it was true that this is about preventing voter fraud, it would still be unacceptable to disenfranchise millions of citizens in an effort to police the polls.
But there is no evidence of wide-spread voter fraud. There simply is no incentive for anyone to commit voter fraud. Therefore, Republicans who really believe there is a voter fraud problem are on a quest to find a solution for a problem that does not exist. And I do think there are some Republicans who genuinely believe there is voter fraud, but that’s where the convenience of believing the lie comes into focus.
These new voter ID laws amount to a poll tax, and in my view, they are all undemocratic and likely unconstitutional.
It is up to us liberals, progressives and other true supporters of democracy to continue to call out this lie.
from USA TODAY: New voter-ID laws may handicap black turnout