August 21, 2014

Setting the Record Straight on Voter ID Laws

Republicans across the country have been pushing voter ID laws claiming that they would make voting more secure. But the truth is, all they do is make voting more difficult while doing nothing to improve the integrity of our elections. In fact, the problem they say they are trying to fix – voter impersonation – is incredibly rare with a recent analysis revealing only 31 credible instances since the year 2000. These laws are part of a cynical GOP strategy to keep people from the ballot box. Today’s Republican Party is so out of touch with the American people that they know their best path to victory is if fewer voices are heard, if fewer Americans exercise one of their most basic constitutional rights.

'Villagers' know that our country is stronger when more voices are heard. Don't we want to live in a country committed to expanding rights not taking them away – we want to empower people, to break down barriers and to expand opportunity for all Americans. And one of the best ways to do that is to make sure they have all the facts. So take a look at this video to learn the truth about some of the most common GOP myths on voter ID laws.

The current unrest in Ferguson, Missouri is a clear example of the truism, 'Elections Have Consequences'. The Black community in that city had single-digit turnout to vote ... and as a result the town's political power structure doesn't have many Black participants.

We need to vote! Can you make the commitment to vote this year?


Ned Hamson said...

I really wish there was a way to convince Republicans who defend more complex voter ID regulations. But they have a smug answer that covers all racism, elitism, agism and sexism - "Requiring a photo ID is already done everywhere for all sorts of things and it prevents voter fraud." Complications, inadvertently not allowing people to vote, access to getting ID and cost - not their problem and finally - "I have no problem with showing my ID, so neither should anyone else." Smug, racist, wrong, elitist but facts are not important to them. All we can do is still outvote them and set things back on track for more democracy!

Unknown said...

Ned - The best revenge is massive success. GOP implemented these tactics to try and make Barack Obama into a 1-term president. It didn't work. However, it may work in 2014 or 2016 election cycles if the citizens in Black and Latino communities don't get serious about voter registration and voter turnout. Our nation is in for a world of hurt if the GOP gets control of the Senate or the White House in 2014-2016 timeframe.