Think There Is No Such Thing As Voter Suppression? Think Again (VIDEO)
UPDATED WITH NEW VIDEO 8/14/13
Recently on MSNBC’s Hardball, guest host Michael Smerconish discussed the immediate consequences of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to – as Smerconish succinctly puts it – “effectively gut” the Voting Rights Act, which was implemented in 1965 as an extension of the Civil Rights Act to eliminate restrictive state laws that had previously disenfranchised certain portions of the electorate.
Not surprisingly, GOP controlled states – knowing full well that most of their electorate was inclined to vote Democratic – wasted no time in taking advantage of these rollbacks in civil rights protections. Smerconish correctly pointed out that within hours of that decision, Republican strongholds Texas, Mississippi and Alabama had implemented restrictive photo I.D. requirements that had been previously held “at bay” by the Voting Rights Act.
Also mentioned was that North Carolina is days away from implementing their own new rollback in voting rights – in the form of limiting early voting and voting registration. House Bill 589 particularly affects North Carolina college students by – among other things – eliminating a student I.D. as a valid form of registration. The Huffington Post reported that “the measure also removes preregistration for high school students, cuts early voting time and eliminates same-day registration. N.C. students have spoken out against the bill. Despite having not read the bill in it’s entirety Republican Gov. Pat McCrory (R) plans to sign the bill into law.
But of course the most disturbing part of the story is that of the state of KOCH-supported Florida Governor Rick “Sieg Heil” Scott. Gov. Scott had already succeeded in efforts to purge the voter rolls that wrongly eliminated at least 1,100 eligible voters in 2000.
In 2012, this is how the the New York Times described his newer efforts;
“…Attempts at unearthing noncitizens initially began with a pool of 128,000 names of potential noncitizens, and that was winnowed to a list of 2,600. Those names were sent to election supervisors who found that many were, in fact, citizens. Ultimately, the list… shrank to 198. Of those, fewer that 40 had voted illegally.”
91 year old Ret. World War 2 Army veteran Bill Internicola was one of those tossed off the roles.
So, tell me again about “voter fraud?”
UPDATE via Media Matters,
This is the right-wing propaganda being fed to the sheeple that watch the long discredited Fox News:
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