Just say it: poor, elderly, young, black and Latino

10 Oct

The NY Times published an editorial about voter fraud laws that have been passed in Republican-controlled states (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/opinion/the-myth-of-voter-fraud.html?hp). In the name of restoring the sanctity and integrity of the ballot, these laws disproportionately impact 5 million poor, elderly, young, black and Latino voters, (thus disproportionately impacting the Democratic party, which has traditionally relied on this diverse voter base). Apparently, the real threat of voter fraud is up for debate: this may be a case of using a theoretical concern to facilitate a very real act of discrimination. And the proponents of these laws never have to say a word about poor, elderly, young, black and Latino voters.

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