As Iowa voters headed to their caucus sites Monday, 94-year-old Rosanell Eaton sat in the first row of a federal courtroom in Winston-Salem, N.C., to witness the closing arguments of a trial challenging North Carolina's new voter identification law.
Thank you for caring about this issue, Mr. Berman.
And the following paragraph gets it bang on right:
"The nationwide push to make it harder to vote began in earnest after the 2010 election, when Republicans gained control of an unprecedented number of states. Their goal was to make the electorate older, whiter and more conservative compared with the younger and more diverse electorate that turned out in record numbers for Barack Obama in 2008."
Factor in the way that Republicans engineer faux majorities by gerrymandering voting districts, and own companies that produce electronic touch-screen voting machines whose results can be tabulated through a computer program... and what's notable are the usual dirty tricks used by the same Southern Confederates in attempts to BLOCK freedom and justice for all, a/k/a Democracy.
Look what this Koch Brothers' funded putz placed in another thread to blur the TRUTH on this issue:
"I don't think it's restrictive. The Constitution requires only CITIZENS of the US to vote in a federal election.
"56,200,000 foreigners in the US today
10,000,000 Immigrant & non Immigrant - work visas issued! (no count family visas)
21,231,396 “Visa Waver Program” 38 countries no longer need VISAS (1986)
14,000,000 Legal Permanent Residents
"All can provide a utility bill with their name on it. All of them can get a drivers license. All can get a Social Security Card if they want one!
"If you can't prove you are a Citizen of the US you shouldn't vote! Why wouldn't you have a copy of your Birth Certificate?
"A Cooperative Congressional Election Study released in October 2014 found, "more than 14% of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4% of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2% of non-citizens voted in 2010."
These are the logistical FACTS on the ground, chump:
"Eaton, who is African American and grew up in the Jim Crow South, had to recite the preamble to the Constitution from memory to register to vote. She had been participating in elections for 70 years when North Carolina passed its strict voter ID law in 2013. Lawyers for the North Carolina NAACP played a videotaped deposition during the trial of Eaton recounting how the names on her driver's license and voter registration card did not match. To get her paperwork in order, Eaton had to make 11 trips to different state agencies in 2015, totaling more than 200 miles and 20 hours."
Try white male privilege check some time. You might actually GROW a conscience or learn what empathy is.