Sunday, May 29, 2011

"Republican Legislators Push to Tighten Voting Rules" (NY Times)

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin supported a voter ID bill.
Photo: Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal, via Associated Press.

Lizette Alvarez (NY Times):
Democrats, who point to scant evidence of voter-impersonation fraud, say the unified Republican push for photo identification cards carries echoes of the Jim Crow laws — with their poll taxes and literacy tests — that inhibited black voters in the South from Reconstruction through the 1960s. Election experts say minorities, poor people and students — who tend to skew Democratic — are among those least likely to have valid driver’s licenses, the most prevalent form of identification. Older people, another group less likely to have licenses, are swing voters. MORE...
Howie P.S.: "GOP Push to Tighten Voting Rules May Disenfranchise Young, Poor" was the headline for the same article that sent around.

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