A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice reveals just how damaging Republican-backed Voter Suppression ID laws will be to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Looking at ten states that have passed restrictive voter ID laws, the Brennan Center found that about a half-million eligible voters will be will find it virtually impossible to get the necessary ID to be able to vote in November, despite claims by Republicans that is very easy to get a voter ID.
That half-million is how many people live in a household without a vehicle and more than ten miles away from an ID-issuing office. Most are low-income Americans who live in rural areas without decent public transportation. According to the nonpartisan Brennan Center, one-in-ten eligible voters currently lack the necessary ID to vote, including a quarter of African Americans and 18% of senior citizens – all, of course, people who tend to vote for Democrats.
These voter suppression ID laws aren’t about fighting voter fraud, which, other than Romney lying about where he lived in 2010, isn't a real problem. They are, instead, all about keeping Democratic voters from the polls to rig the November elections in favor of Republicans. Let’s take this as a lesson that it’s time we begin the fight to guarantee a right to vote for ALL Americans.