These restrictive laws seek to limit—not broaden—the electorate with the expectation that a smaller, whiter, and more affluent pool of voters is more likely to elect conservative politicians.

via Race and Beyond: Undermining Democracy.

A cornerstone of democracy, be it direct or representative, is the ability for citizens to cast a ballot free from intimidation and coercion.  While requiring that voters pass some hurdles in order to vote seems reasonable, to prevent those who are dead or illegal immigrants from participating in the electoral process, some of the recent measures being proposed in states around the country seem to reach far beyond that basic premise.  Making it so difficult to vote, that many will simply turn away seems a travesty and downright criminal.

How far should states be allowed to go in securing the electoral process?  Is shortening the period when voters can cast a ballot, as is being proposed in Georgia, a reasonable protection against voter fraud or simply a means of reducing the numbers of voters?  Are we so blatant in our desire to discriminate against the poor and minority that we will dress these laws up as necessary voter protections, while everyone knows their true intent?  How far will we go in this nation to build an oligarchy all in the name of democracy?

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