Members of the newly elected Republican legislative majority are talking about passing tougher voter ID laws. They may want to pause and take a look at what’s happening in Arizona and other states first.
As of Monday, votes were still being counted in that state’s U.S. Senate race. Why? Because tough voter ID laws sparked a protest-driven effort to register new voters all over the state. Those ballots from new voters are being challenged, creating a big mess that seems likely to further enrage the Latinos there. While the Republican is still expected to win that race, the margin is a whole lot tighter than any Democrat in Arizona has a right to expect.
Meanwhile, the NAACP is reporting nationally that tougher voting ID laws have lead to a record year for registering. More new black voters registered this year than did in 2008, the first year African-American candidate Barack Obama ran, says a claim by the group cited in a CNN report.
Apparently, perceived voter suppression is more successful at driving minorities to the polls than Hope and Change.