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Old 04-25-2016, 08:30 AM
leahcim leahcim is offline
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Originally Posted by Northern Piper View Post
As soon as the list of valid ID is narrowed in a way that favours middle class and higher income voters, and makes it more difficult for lower income voters to qualify, then it looks much less benign.
It should be noted, to the extent of GQ, that there is a long history in certain states of enacting "common sense" laws in regard to voting (e.g. literacy tests) which on their face were neutral in their effect, but which had the effect of restricting the poor and black vote. The zaniest of such shenanigans were only put to bed by the Voting Rights act of 1965.

In that context, it is legitimate to wonder whether the new voter ID laws are done out of legitimate security concern, or a desire to return to the "bad old days".