Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Comment for the Diane Rehm Show, April 30, 2008, on the Voter ID Requirements


In April 2005, five months after Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff held hearings in Ohio which provided evidence of the deliberate "disenfranchisement of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of voters, predominantly minority and Democratic voters" in the state that finally gave Mr. Bush the Presidency. . .

Congressman Conyers reported on the new voter ID requirements proposed at the first meeting of the Baker Carter election commission:

"At the outset, Mr. Fund laid bare the nasty, racial underbelly of these proposals. The right-wing has been long engaged in tactics to suppress minority votes, but rarely lets slip about such tactics, as Fund did today. In a discussion about provisional ballots, Mr. Fund said that Congress should allow precinct workers to determine whether a provisional ballot should count because they would know who 'looks as if they belong in the neighborhood.' Wonder what he meant by that?. . .

"The pattern of the hearing was clear: Republican political operatives, with little or no track record of involvement in voting rights issues, facing non-partisan advocates for civil rights. Predictably, this hardly was a fair fight. The deck was stacked from the beginning."
And now, Diane, there you sit with this same John Fund.

When we need to hear from such people as Brad Friedman from Bradblog, NYU professor and author Mark Crispin Miller, Greg Palast, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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