Ham-Handed Solution to a Problem That Doesn't Exist
Leonard Pitts Jr
He received a letter last month from the
Internicola is 91 years old. He was born in
We learn from reporter
The Herald recently analyzed the list and found it dominated by Democrats, independents and Hispanics. Republicans and non-Hispanic whites were least likely to have their voting rights challenged.
Voter suppression? Intimidation? No way, says
But the "threat" is very nearly nonexistent.
The idea that voter fraud is epidemic stems from the occasional high-profile exception and from stunts like
The demographic trend lines are clearly against the
Thus, you get Internicola being asked for his papers.
Yes, he provided them. But how many people, in a nation where voter turnout stands at a measly 45.5 percent, are going to make the effort? How many, when repeated obstacles are placed between them and the polling place, are going to give up in frustration? And that, of course, is the whole idea.
This is a thumb on the scales. It is a blatant use of the machinery of government in the cause of voter intimidation and suppression.
Internicola happens to be -- what are the odds? -- a Democrat. He was "flabbergasted" to learn the state did not consider him a citizen. He called the county office and asked: "Are you crazy?"
But in the end,
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