A century ago in the Jim Crow South, conservatives were using the same charges of fraud to disenfranchise black voters
Election time, folks, and voter suppression is all the rage. As you no doubt recall, the last election cycle witnessed a host of efforts to restrict access to the ballot box. Limiting polling hours, restricting the use of absentee ballots, and forbidding voting on the same day one is registered – Republicans across the nation championed all these measures.
By far the most insidious of these has been the drive to require particular forms of identification at the polling place. Presently, thirty-four states require voters to produce state-issued photo identification when voting. Champions of voter ID laws claim they are necessary to reduce fraudulent voting. “True the Vote,” a Houston-based group dedicated to intimidating monitoring voters at polling places, was one of the earliest and most public manifestations of this effort, routinely leveling bogus charges of voter fraud across the country.[Continue Reading...]