by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein for Reader Supported News
Mike Pence is the poster boy for voter ID laws. No one has benefited more from this legalized form of vote theft than the Republican nominee for VP. In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last Wednesday, Pence said he â€œwants every American to succeed and prosperâ€ â€” however he certainly doesnâ€™t want every American to vote. Indeed it was thanks to Indianaâ€™s voter ID laws â€” the first of their kind in the nation â€” that he squeaked into the governorâ€™s office. These seemingly benign laws, requiring voters to show approved photo ID, have a sinister and very deliberate effect: they suppress black, brown, young, old, poor â€” and, above all, blue votes. In this weekâ€™s Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Election Crimes Bulletin, Flashpointsâ€™ Dennis J. Bernstein gets the lowdown on the sleazy practice of vote-rigging-by-ID-law from political hanky-panky expert Greg Palast. They also discuss how these racist-by-design laws tap dance around voting rights and discrimination protections, and could ultimately help Pence and Trump waltz into the White House.
TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on July 20, 2016)
Dennis J. Bernstein: Today Mike Pence is front and center. Heâ€™s out there on his proverbial knees to …more