Texas Solves Made-Up Problem by Making It Hard for Poors to Vote
The Texas House has passed a bill requiring voters to bring ID to polling places. Which is great! If your aim is to surpress minority and low-income voters, without even addressing the problem you made up as an excuse.
Texas’ voter ID law passed by 101-48 margin on Wednesday night, after Democrats exhausted their parliamentary stalling tricks. Governor Rick Perry listed it as one of his “emergency items”; laws aimed at alleged widespread voter fraud are favorites among Republicans, who, unable to process that sometimes people prefer Democratic candidates, are completely baffled when they lose elections, and insist that they must be the victims of fraud. It could go into effect as soon as the 2012 election.
Which would be bad news. Voter ID laws are, in effect, racist, disproportionately affecting minority and immigrant voters and reducing registration and voter turnout among those groups. Not that Republicans, who are engaged in a concerted effort to alienate as many immigrants and voters of color as possible, care: It’s those minorities who are perpetrating the voter fraud, as you might know from that forward from Uncle Rick about ACORN. (The Supreme Court, which has not given a shit about poor people in years, ruled that voter-ID laws are constitutional in 2007.)
But! Voter ID laws aren’t just racist, they’re also useless.