Friday, October 7, 2011

New Study: Voter Suppression To Be Theme Of Election 2012

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Your Black News Reports:

States did it in the early 60s by requiring literacy tests and poll taxes; they will do it again in 2012 by making it even more difficult for natural born people of color, immigrants, the elderly and the young, to exercise their right to vote.

A new study from the New York University Law School's Brennan Center shows that millions of people risk of losing their right to vote, due to strict voter suppression laws designed to curtail voter activity in select demographics:

“New voter ID laws in 14 states could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012, according to  Widespread voting cutbacks could have a significant electoral impact in next year’s election with minorities, poor and young voters most likely to be affected," the study found.

Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin have implemented new photo ID laws for the 2012 election. As reported by Politico.com, the combined citizen voting age population is just under 29 million in those 5 states --- 3.2 million (11 %) of those potential voters do not have state-issued photo ID.

In addition to photo identification, Alabama, Kansas and Tennessee have also implemented proof of citizenship laws, that undoubtedly further suppress the vote.

The states where the strict laws are being implemented are controlled by GOP legislatures.

1 comment:

Ms. Chance said...

They are determined to keep Obama from being re-elected. I'm angered that they would go so far as to strip us of our voting rights. I'm even more angered that my Black brothers and sisters won't even be phased by this and will not come together to fight this injustice! It doesn't matter who we are voting for, we should have the right to choose and vote! We ARE citizens of this country, just as they are! They get away with this because we allow them to!