Tuesday, March 19, 2013

House Acts to Let Only 'the Right People' Vote

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

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With that astonishing comment from the rookie state representative, a House committee voted today to strip college student IDs from the list of acceptable photo IDs for voting under new legislation.

Unwittingly or not, Durham was only saying out loud what everyone knows Republicans have been trying to accomplish with their restrictions on voting rights. "The right people" are the ones who vote Republican. Unfortunately for college students trying to exercise their voting rights, we've learned from recent focus groups that many young people are rolling their eyes at the party of stuffy old men.

In the name of preventing nonexistent voter impersonation, the bill also bans Memphis library cards as acceptable voter photo ID. We don't need focus groups to know Memphians aren't "the right people" either.

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