In direct opposition to the Fifteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which prohibits the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s “race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” several ‘red’ states have begun a process of voter suppression. This is no more than a new right wing tactic to deny an individual’s right to vote who is more likely to cast their vote for a Democratic candidate.
This story begins with a look at Indiana; a state which traditionally has a low voter turnout. Indiana’s residents openly profess their distaste for politics and its corruption at all levels. They maintain that the higher an individual rises in the system the more money is involved, and therefore corruption is increased.
In an effort to discourage voters to a greater degree, Indiana was one of the first states to require a valid form of identification at the polls. The state has passed other provisions regarding poll workers, the result of which could allow a partisan influence in the polling place.
The result has been an increase in the number of voters who stay home on Election Day. Some are unable to vote because of the ID laws, and others simply believe that their votes don’t matter.
Recently when the Supreme Court upheld a Texas’ voter ID law by a vote of 6-3, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the dissenting viewpoint. She called it the worst decision by the Supreme Court in its history. She also claimed it would disallow thousands of Texans their right to vote. Justice Ginsburg’s assertion has proven to be 100 percent correct.
As she predicted the poor and minorities have been turned away from their assigned voting location. These laws are nothing less than new ‘Jim Crowe’ laws, and are another example of an attempt to return our nation to a 1950’s culture.
Proponents of these un-Constitutional laws use the invalid claim that they are designed to prevent voter fraud. Voter fraud in the United States is less than 0.02 percent. If it isn’t obvious that these measures are to deter pro-Democratic voters, then a state of denial exists. Traditionally a higher voter turnout results in more victories by the Democrats.
All intelligent Americans must ask several questions to which there are no answers, only fears. How can we fix our broken government? How can we regain our civil rights when our last vestige, the Supreme Court has become politicized?
There was a time, long ago, when there was a reason to be patriotic. Now all the true patriots are in constant disregard for the present situation in which our nation exists. Respect, faith, and hope are no longer values, they are merely words.
Since the 2010 election, 83 bills restricting voting rights have been proposed in 29 states. Four of them are currently active, and with the Supreme Court upholding the Texas law, more will surely follow.
Past right wing tactics have been fear, attack ads, and misrepresentation of the facts. Now they are suppressing minority vote. How will they find a way to discourage women to vote? They’ll come up with something.
By James Turnage