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Dem. Rep. Says voter ID laws designed to suppress minority votes

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Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) has made this claim, The Blaze reported last night. Rep. Fudge sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder making the case against enacting voter ID laws that would require voters to show proof of their identity in order to vote.

In the letter, Fudge wrote that voter ID laws are intended to “suppress the voting rights of African Americans and other minorities,” and further stated, “I am concerned about restrictive legislation concerning voter photo identification and the reduction of early voting days pending in the Ohio legislature, and seek your assistance.”

The Ohio legislation Fudge references is described in the story by The Blaze as, “The legislation, S. 238 and H.B. 269, would reduce the number of absentee voting days by six, prohibit pre-paid absentee ballots from being mailed to every voter and require individuals present a form of photo ID to vote.”

Pre-paid absentee ballots have been the subject of abuse allegations in the past, and criticis have said they enable voter fraud. In many instances, it was partisan political groups that would mail out the pre-paid absentee ballot to targetted voter lists and send canvassers to those voters to collect the ballots.

Referring to the reduction of early voting days, and the banning of pre-paid absentee ballots that have been heavily abused, Fudge said, “I believe both of these proposals are designed to systemically restrict the access of eligible Ohioans’ to the voting booth, particularly minorities, students and the elderly.”

Blogger Nickarama commented on this story, writing for Weaselzippers.net, “I’m so tired of the progressive racism, such as that exhibited by Fudge, with the idea that minorities and specifically African-Americans are so “marginal” that they can’t produce an ID. Every other realm of life requires IDs, and it is the one sure way of insuring the person registered to vote is the actual voter. But of course, that’s the problem, isn’t it?”

States that have enacted voter ID laws have made provisions for any citizen that doesn't have a drivers license to obtain, for free and quite conveniently, a state photo ID that will enable them to cast their vote on election day or during early voting without any problems. No legitimate voter is prevented from voting by voter ID laws, since a valid photo ID is available for any citizen who does not have a state-issued drivers license, which also functions as a valid photo ID for voting purposes.

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