Does joking about military strikes on states with voter ID laws help or hurt the case made by some that requiring identification somehow depresses the minority vote?
It probably hurts.
For those that make the insulting case that certain citizens are incapable of procuring identification, there is no evidence that supports such a claim.
If anything, degrading the voting system will open the door for voter fraud. Also, last year a poll showed that 70 percent of Americans say they support voter identification measures "to stop illegal voting," as reported by Tim Mak of Politico. This included "A majority of Democrats (52 percent), independents (72 percent), and Republicans (87 percent)."
Not to mention, Shannon McCaffrey of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Monday that despite Georgia's voter ID requirements, "turnout among black and Hispanic voters increased from 2006 to 2010." [added emphasis]
Perhaps Katrina vanden Heuvel can avoid Georgia with her military strikes.
"It hasn't had the voter-suppressing effect that some people feared," said Edward Foley, executive director of an election law center at The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law.
Maybe we could launch intervention in those states which are waging war vs. democracy, rolling back voting rights?Â— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) September 4, 2013
Last month, Matt Vespa of Newsbusters reported on yet another poll that revealed that "more than eight out of ten non-white voters are fine with their state government requiring a photo ID at polling places." In fact, if one Googles "voter id poll," it is difficult to find any polling that contradicts the fact that most people approve of identification requirements for voters. It is just common sense, despite vanden Heuvel's sick tweet.
Speaking of polls, what do you think?
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