Hi guys, today we'd like to address an issue that many civil rights leaders see as a way to suppress black and latino votes. This is not the first attack of its kind, but things are getting worse! What are we prepared to do about this not-so-subtle way to silence the voices of countless citizens? An article published in Sociological Images explains what's at stake pretty well: "In 2011, a sudden wave of state-level voter restrictions in Republican-controlled states has swept the nation, just in time for the 2012 election, with 19 new laws and two executive actions on the books. Some of these laws reduced or eliminated early voting, while others did away with weekend voting and same-day registration. All 50 states require voters to prove their identification at the polls, but 17 states have pending or approved law mandating government-sponsored IDs in order to vote, despite the fact that approximately 11% of citizens don’t have such IDs (for various reasons)." (...) "Voter ID laws disproportionately affect Black Americans, Latino/a voters, U.S. citizens who were born in other countries, elderly people, people with disabilities, transgendered people, and students — all of whom are less likely to have the required ID for different reasons. A 2006 Brennan Center study finds that 25% of Black , 16% percent of Latino/s, and 18% percent of elderly Americans lack the necessary ID. Some on the left have accurately likened these new laws to Jim Crow Era poll taxes because the expense involved in obtaining an ID place a disproportionate burden on many groups that have been historically disenfranchised."
Check out the VOTING CHANGES REPORT for more info, and make sure to know what the voter ID requirements are in your state.
And please let us know how you feel about this issue in the comments.