Signing voter ID laws have been a big part of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda in Wisconsin, and may have played a role in Tuesday’s primary elections, when fewer-than-expected ballots were cast. Those same laws are almost certain to influence in this year’s presidential races, and not in the name of fairness.
Strict voter ID Laws passed under Gov. Scott Walker were struck down in federal court in July. However, that decision was reversed by 3 Republican judges on August 10, and will be in full force on Election Day in November.
Voter ID laws, supported almost exclusively by Republicans, require citizens to present a state-approved ID card before voting. However, the problem is not as much in the requirement for ID cards, as in how difficult they are to get. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, who issued the ruling blocking Wisconsin’s voter ID law, said getting the needed documents posed an ‘undue burden’ on voting rights.
Republican voter suppression has become a national assault on voting rights
States with strict new voting requirements have put a variety of obstacles in place. When it comes to obtaining voter ID cards, some states, like Alabama, have closed down government offices where the ID’s are issued, particularly in African American communities.
In Texas, a gun license will get you access to the ballot box. But student ID’s are banned.
In Republican-controlled Florida, early voting hours have been cut in half, voter ID is required, and polling places have either been closed, or moved more than 30 miles away from where some voters live.
The battle over the Texas voter ID laws, as in other Red States, are dizzying to follow. When one court knocks them down, another brings them back. Lather, rinse, repeat. No matter how you look at it, it is much harder to vote in America than it’s been in decades.
For a country so hell-bent on promoting ‘democracy’ around the world, we are setting a poor example of how it should be done. The courts agree, which is why many of these laws don’t stand up to legal scrutiny.
In reality, Republicans pushing voter ID laws are doing more to destroy the integrity of US elections than the voter fraud they are pretending to protect us from. They seem to have forgotten that candidates have to earn votes to win, not disenfranchise everyone who might vote against them. Voter ID laws scream ‘rigged elections’ by allowing candidates to select voters, as opposed to the other way around. That’s not how this country was designed, and will surely mire our future if it doesn’t stop.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.Abraham Lincoln
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