As Ed likes to say, Republicans are spending more money keeping people away from the polls then they are getting their people out to them. The NAACP and Democrats have been all over the wave of restrictive Voter ID laws passed around the country that would end up suppressing voter turnout for minorities. The NAACP calls it “Jim Crow Esquire”. Now the Justice Department is doing something about it.
The Justice Department on Friday entered the divisive national debate over new state voting laws, rejecting South Carolina’s measure requiring photo-identification at the polls as discriminatory against minority voters.
The decision by Justice’s Civil Rights Division could heighten political tensions over the new laws, which critics say could depress turnout among minorities and others who helped elect President Obama in 2008. A dozen states this year passed laws requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Although Democratic governors vetoed four of the measures, liberal and civil rights groups have raised alarms about the remaining laws. Opponents of the laws say they would discriminate against minorities and others, such as low-income voters, because some don’t have the necessary photo identification and lack the means to easily obtain ID cards.
This is a major step in the right direction for protecting democracy.