On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon B Johnson signed into law the most useless law of all time, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The law was intended to remove the barriers of Jim Crow statutes that prevented African Americans from exercising their rights to vote, but instead, has provided Republican lawmakers a platform for showing how good they are at designing perpetual systems of exclusion for people of color. The current Supreme Court of the United States of America brilliantly struck down the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act in 2016 by allowing nine states, to change their election laws without advance federal approval. Of course, these nine states were primarily in the South, where African Americans remain highly respected, dignified citizens in communities rich in a plantation mentality culture. It is the area of the country where most were delivered in slave ships, and farmed tobacco and sugar cane and took an occasional lash to the back if they didn’t do as they were told. So, it is easy to see that these states don’t need oversight of decisions related to the voting rights of those slave descendants.
The Republicans do a sound job of proving how useless the law is. They simply say, that minorities no longer face barriers when exercising their right to vote. They point to the fact that literacy tests are barred. As a matter of fact, they’ve proposed a solution to that little-known problem by introducing voter ID laws. They actually kill two birds with one stone introducing voter ID laws because voter ID laws are a healthy method to keep some voters from choosing the leaders of this country. According to the United States Election Project, 40% of Americans didn’t vote in the 2016 election. Clearly, that is not a big enough percentage. Voter ID laws are a healthy reason to keep some Americans from choosing the leaders of this country. It is more important that the Russian perspective is taken into account. As far minorities are concerned, 11% of all US citizens don’t have government-issued ID, they ridiculously blame cost. Republican lawmakers skillfully indicate that without government issued ID, we can’t verify if these people are apart of the 54% of minorities who live in poverty in this country. And, these same lawmakers have cut the cost of recent elections because polling locations are based on voting patterns set by those that vote. Lower turnout means you need fewer voting machines, which saves the county $3000 per machine, that can be used for tax cuts for the rich, fixing a pothole on a rich person’s street, or they can follow in the footsteps of Texas and Indiana and spend 12M on voter ID law education. Republican lawmakers also say that minority communities could use the extra money to rebuild their school and roads, but, they’d have to vote for that.
Considering that the United States election project reports that since 2000 there were 31 credible cases of in-person voting fraud, out of more than 500 Million Votes, we must conclude that Republican lawmakers make the case for more freedom. Laws are restrictive, we need to loosen these nooses, correction, regulations, so who needs a voting rights act anyway.
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“Oppose Voter ID Legislation – Fact Sheet.” American Civil Liberties Union. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2017.
Berman, Ari. “The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016.” The Nation. N.p., 18 Nov. 2016. Web. 10 May 2017.