With Supreme Court blessings, voter ID laws are taking the nation by storm, or storm troops.
For The Progressive
An excerpt from Greg Palast’s brand new bookÂ Billionaires & Ballot BanditsÂ
How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.
â€œVoting,â€ says Sister Mary.
â€œWell, not here, ladies; not without your ID!â€ He demanded their driverâ€™s licenses, but the ten quite elderly Sisters of the Holy Cross, including a 98 year-old, had long ago given up cruising.
â€œScram, Sis!â€ said the man, and kicked their habits right out of the polling station.
I may not have gotten the dialogue exactly right, but I got the gist of it and the facts: the ten nuns whoâ€™d been voting at that station for decades were booted out in 2008, just after the state of Indianaâ€™s Republican legislature imposed new voter ID laws.
The reason for nixing the nuns? To stop voter identity theft.Â There wasnâ€™t exactly a voter identity crime wave. In fact, despite no photo ID requirement, there wasnâ€™t a single known case of false identity voting in the state in over one hundred years.
About four hundred thousand voters (9 percent of Indianaâ€™s electorate) are African American. Nearly one in five (18.1 percent) lack the ID needed to vote, according to Matt Barreto of the University of Washington.
Thatâ€™s twice theÂ number of whites lacking ID. Therefore, as many as 72,000 black voters will get the boot when they show up to vote this November. Coincidentally, thatâ€™s three times Barack Obamaâ€™s victory margin in that state in 2008.Â Coincidentally.
And who are the white folkÂ lacking ID? The elderly, like the sisters, and students like Angela Hiss and Allyson Miller, whose official state IDs donâ€™t list their dorm room addresses and so canâ€™t be used to vote.
Black folk, the elderly, students, poor whites blocked from registering and …more