North Carolina is, of course, far from the only state in which the right-wing is doing its worst to restrict voting rights this year. As a post this past Saturday on Think Progress reported, Ohio is the latest state to seriously consider a voter ID law that would likely disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people – all in the name of a supposed problem that is less frequent than fatal lightning strikes.
Conservatives have said voter id laws are necessary to combat mass voter fraud. Yet according to the Brennan Center for Justice, Americans are more likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning than commit voter fraud. And the Bush administration’s five-year national “war on voter fraud” resulted in only 86 convictions of illegal voting out of more than 196 million votes cast. Instead conservatives are employing an old tactic: using the specter of false voting to restrict the voting rights of minorities and the poor.”
The post also does a nice job of highlighting some of the our nation’s long and sad history of voter suppression – from the literacy tests of the Jim Crow south to the efforts of Koch-funded groups in Wisconsin last year.
At last word, the discussion over North Carolina’s proposed voter suppression legislation will continue this Wednesday afternoon in the House Elections Committee at 1:00 p.m.