Sunday, June 29, 2008

Voter Suppression in Arizona

An old GOP trick is to stop people from voting who are likely to vote Democratic, such as old people and blacks.

A new version of this trick is surfacing that could spread to 11 states. In Arizona, state Republicans supported the Voter ID bill citing concerns about illegal immigrants voting. There is absolutely no evidence this is happening; no illegal immigrants could possibly be stupid enough to give the government their address and the Republican Party hasn't even bothered coming up with examples.

Instead, old people are discovering that their voter registrations are being purged. You can expect that this, and many other tricks such as "caging", will be in full forces throughout November, since despite years of voter suppression, no one has ever gone to jail for this.

Several civil rights groups, including MALDEF, will challenge the measure in court on July 1.

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