"Today James Crow wears a suit and tie and is much more sophisticated."


jim crow voter suppression smaller

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, so of course, Republican-run states are doing everything they can to eliminate that little problem.

Several states are already moving forward with voting restrictions after the Supreme Court decision. As Think Progress notes, "If these states are any evidence, they may have just opened the door for massive disenfranchisement."

Voters are now seeing that they will be kept from the polls, and they're starting to speak out. The Los Angeles Times is reporting about North Carolina's strict new ID laws that requires papers that are not easy for many people to get. They tell the story of Alberta Currie whose mother gave birth at home, assisted by a midwife. Because of that, there was no birth certificate issued, just an announcement handwritten into the Currie family Bible.

For the first time since 1956, Currie, who is 78, may have to sit out an election.

Even though the ID itself is free in North Carolina, trying to get one means coming up with money to acquire a certified birth certificate, plus getting to a state driver's license office, waiting in line, and showing the possibly unattainable proof of birth and an original Social Security card.

And even if they do provide documents, they have to wait 10 to 20 days to have their IDs mailed to them.

The Times:

[B]ureaucratic obstacles are a part of a blatant attempt to make it difficult for Democratic-leaning voters — particularly African Americans, students and the elderly — to obtain IDs needed to vote.

Most of those same people voted for President Obama. He won because of them.  Currie:

"They're trying to make it as hard as possible for people like me to vote. It takes two IDs to get the ID I need, but how can I get it if I don't have those two IDs?"

Jeremy Collins, a lawyer with the Southern Coalition, said this: "Today James Crow wears a suit and tie and is much more sophisticated."

And Rob Christensen, a reporter for the News & Observer of Raleigh who has covered state politics for four decades, wrote this: "So Republicans moved to Plan B — if you can't win over young people, make it hard for them to vote."

The law also cuts early voting by a week and eliminates same-day registration, early registration by high school students and straight-ticket voting. In previous elections those procedures have been used disproportionately by African Americans and students. [...]

Republicans have produced no evidence of voter fraud. Nor have they explained how cutting early voting and registration combats fraud. Republicans also added provisions to the law unrelated to voter integrity, such as raising campaign contribution limits and making it easier for big-money donors to hide the amount and source of contributions.

More than 600,000 registered North Carolina voters are without a state driver's license or state-issued ID, mostly young, poor, African American or elderly voters. Which means mostly Democratic voters.

One 92-year-old African American woman, Rosanell Eaton, has a driver's license, but there was a typo, so her name didn't match her voter I.D. card. Now she'll have to jump through hoops to get that fixed.

So Republicans, how's that reachy-outy reinvention thing workin' for ya?