I've been watching and reading the coverage of the recent Supreme Court rulings, and someone on one of the many shows I watch made a point that needs to be emphasized: Restricting voting rights, a shameful feat that SCOTUS has tragically pulled off, negatively affects the rights of the LGBT community.
When I mentioned that to Mr. Laffy, he was visibly shocked: "What? How?" Here's how: By limiting the number of minority voters, which gutting the Voting Rights Act does, it is likely that fewer Democratic voters will be able to cast ballots. Minority voters, young people, and the poor tend to vote Democratic, and more Democrats than Republicans support marriage equality and equal rights, including protection from discrimination in the workplace.
Six states are already moving forward with voting restrictions after the Supreme Court decision. That would be "six of the nine states that had been covered in their entirety under the law’s 'preclearance' formula." Those states are Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Virginia. As Think Progress notes, "If these states are any evidence, they may have just opened the door for massive disenfranchisement."
Again, that disenfranchisement targets mostly Democrats who support civil rights, voting rights, women's rights, and gay rights. And many of those Democrats could potentially be prevented from registering and/or voting.
To quote Vice President Biden, that's a big f'ing deal.