Nuanced 21st-Century Jim Crow, With the Poor and Young Thrown In To Be Sure

Abby Zimet

The Ohio House just passed the nation's most restrictive voter ID law, the latest in a torrent of GOP-sponsored bills in about half the states aimed at suppressing the votes of all those pesky people - poor, young, old, minority - who tend to vote Democratic. Ohio's bill would likely exclude almost a million voters lacking photo ID's; similar bills in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and elsewhere could keep 12 percent of the population away from the polls - and cost millions in states facing budget shortfalls to fix a problem most say doesn't exist. A short history of GOP efforts shows this is nothing new. It's just worse than ever.

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