If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. —Emma Goldman
Well, Republicans and their lackey libertarians are well on their way to doing just that for minorities and the poor and right under our noses (or at least under the noses of those who aren’t paying attention when they outright tell us they are doing it). According to a new study by a sociologist from U of Mass:
States that passed more restrictive legislation in 2011 were those in which:
- Republicans controlled the governorship and both chambers of the legislative body.
- Forecasters viewed them as potential swing states in the 2012 election.
- Minority turnout was higher in the 2008 presidential election and those which have larger proportions of African-American residents.
- There were a larger number of allegations of voter fraud in the 2004 election–although this fact had a much smaller substantive impact relative to partisan and racial factors.
Well duh! The left has known about it for years but it’s nice to see that our observations are backed up by actual numbers.