Charles Blow, one of my favorite columnists in The New York Times, says too many Democrats are sleepwalking through this election. We are not outraged enough about Big Money’s influence or the Republican State Legislatures changing the voting rules.
I hope everyone saw Doonesbury’s take on this with his character James Crow.
Blow points out that the people who will be prevented from voting in November are students, minorities, and seniors—people who tend to vote Democratic.
Republicans claim the changes are needed to prevent fraud, but actual instances of voter fraud are “more rare than being struck by lightning.”
Here are Blow’s numbers:
180 Restrictive voting bills have been introduced in 41 states since January 2011.
24 Restrictive voting laws have passed in 19 states, plus two restrictive executive actions.
16 states with restrictive laws account for 79% of the electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
Let’s wake up—and make sure everyone who wants to vote gets to vote.