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Stop Whining About ‘Racist’ Voter ID — and Get Granny to the Polls

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Photo voter ID laws, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, are a “poll tax.” “Many of those without IDs,” Holder recently told the NAACP, “would have to travel great distances to get them — and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them.”

Photo voter ID opponent Keesha Gaskins, senior counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, writes: “While these laws are allegedly passed to secure elections, they impact communities of color in ways only reflected in our Jim Crow past. Looking at voter ID laws alone, we know that although 11 percent of Americans lack government-issued photo ID, 25 percent of African-Americans, 16 percent of Hispanics and 18 percent of elderly voters do not have this form of ID. … Hopefully our country will never again see the kind of internal bloodshed we saw during the Civil War — but we are now seeing a war on voting that can only be compared to the dark, discriminatory past of the Jim Crow era.”

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