Thursday, January 10, 2008

More Republican Racism

You may know that the Supreme Court heard argument today on the case challenging the Indiana voter ID law. Here's the transcript, if you're interested.

What I think is important in this case is how far the Republican Party is willing to go, while claiming not to be a racist organization, to keep minorities from voting. You can understand why they would do this, since Republicans don't do as well with minority voters as the Democrats do. Still, the entire structure of voter ID laws is built on the fraudulent claim that they are needed to protect the polity from voter fraud accomplished by impersonation of legitimate voters. I say fraudulent because this plain just doesn't happen, and there is no evidence that it ever has.

Here's a piece by Walter Dellinger and Sri Srinavasan that goes into great detail on what's wrong with these laws

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