Wednesday, December 14, 2011

We MUST Be Sensitive to Voter Suppression

Are the concerns about Voter ID laws overblown? Clearly it depends on whom you ask...

"“This year there’s been a significant wave of new laws in states across the country that have the effect of cracking down on voting rights,” said Michael Waldman, the executive director of the Brennan Center, who noted that five million votes would have made a difference in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. “It is the most significant rollback in voting rights in decades.”"
"Just how much of an impact the new laws will have is a matter of some dispute. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who held a hearing on the new laws last month, said they “will make it harder for millions of disabled, young, minority, rural, elderly, homeless and low-income Americans to vote.” Republicans note that states like Georgia and Indiana moved to require photo identification from voters and that turnout there improved."
But there is another reason that the prospect of restricting voter access is a particularly touch, troublesome problem - the price paid to secure the right to vote!
A documentary, "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed the World: Freedom Summer" tells the story of what poor people in Mississippi endured in order to secure the right to vote. The bodies that were broken, the blood shed and the loss of life, ought to make us all squeamish when anything is done that even remotely threatens to inhibit access to the polls. 

The 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America - Freedom Summer - June 21, 1964
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