Voter ID is the new Jim Crow

New laws in dozens of states could cost Obama votes

Among the victims of the Florida law: Jill Cicciarelli, a New Smyrna Beach high school teacher who last year tried to register several of her students. She had been out on maternity leave, ran afoul of the new law, and was threatened with thousands of dollars in fines. "I just wanted the kids to be participating in our democracy," she says.

More significantly, these laws have had a direct impact on minorities. The number of Latinos registered to vote in Florida, for instance, has fallen by 10 percent since 2008. (Nationally, there are two million fewer minority voters now than in 2008.) Florida, says Howard Simon, executive director of the state's ACLU, is attempting to "gut the Voting Rights Act."

Is all of this enough to propel Mitt Romney to victory over Barack Obama? Well, the president received 96 percent of black votes in 2008 and more than two-thirds of the Latino vote. And Florida is the nation's largest swing state. Many of the measures, like those in Arizona, Texas, and Minnesota, are under review by courts or face public votes in the future. "The fate of these laws," says the NAACP's Jealous, "will determine that of our country for years to come."

Chuck Strouse is editor in chief of Miami New Times.

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Jack
Jack

Tony, Thanks for showing that you are truely an IDIOT!

Jack
Jack

What a bunch of BULLSHIt here! You don't care about a legitimate election, you will say/do anything to get your boy back in. You are not a Journalist, you are a piece of shit with a biased aganda. Learn to play by the rules, and quit spreading the BS, YOU are part of the problem!

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

One of the more ill-informed, unfounded articles I can remember CP printing. You're way afraid of black people, Chuck.

Jryan464
Jryan464

I find your article a bit "Off Kilter". I have never heard of "voting on a Sunday". It's always the first Tuesday of a given month, like yesterday for some states. Why should they get to vote on Sunday because its an "African-American Tradition"? Really? That seem to me to be "special treatment". And as far as voter ID, ever state should require a Driver's License to vote. With that said, if you don't have a Driver's License or State ID, everyone knows where and how to get one! Duh! And they aren't expensive. If you can't afford to get an ID card, then you're probably living under a bridge in a box! Seriously! Get off this stupid rant about "Jim Crow"! It's a bunch of bull and you know it!!

Richard Garyson
Richard Garyson

Obtaining a state-issued photo ID is neither hard nor expensive. Not only that, but it is required for nearly every transaction we make. Whether you are buying beer or a house, you need a photo ID. Going on an airplane? Not without a photo ID. Getting a job? Not without a photo ID. And yet, not even the most ardent leftist would claim that non-whites are being denied access to beer, housing, employment, and flying because they do not have photo IDs. A white man recently posed as Eric Holder to prove a point on how easy it is to commit voter fraud. He said he was Eric Holder, so the voting judge handed him the ballot. The left is fooling no one, they want a system that allows as much voter fraud as possible, because they benefit the most from it.

ronk1957
ronk1957

I agree with Chuck Strouse ! You shouldn't have to be a citizen to vote and you should be able to vote as many times as you want. And why should you even need to have an ID ? Electing the next leader of our country isn't as important as say "buying a six pack of beer". Also by "Jim Crow Laws" is Chuck Strouse talking about the voter intimidation at the polls by the Black Panthers that was ignored by Obama ?

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vnvnvnvvnvn

By making such stupid statements as your headline, you cheapen genuine racism. Pathetic!

Tony
Tony

Hey Ronk, turn off Fox Channel...black panther story never happened, look it up. Oh by the way, the cleaners called & your Klan robes are ready. This simply to make it harder to vote. My brothers wife was born in China & is now US citizen. They own land in Wisc. & because after 3 moves over the years she has lost her citizen papers, it costs $700 to get a copy. Grandma wants to register(you need your birth certificate if no drivers license) but was born in small town MN & the records were lost in fire or just lost, this will costs a fortune to re-document. Free ID's(many states have) but most have limited them to just a few offices in the state. Dont have a car & the office is 200 miles away? Should I keep on going? Stationed in Iraq & want to vote? How do you show your ID to a voting judge in MN? To register in MN you need to show an ID(license, student ID or Military ID or old ID w/gas or electric bill to prove new address) or have a neighbor vouch(they must be registered in that precinct). Violation is a felony. Would you go to jail for 1 vote? There is no fraud & nobody has shown any.

 
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