Voting Rights

John Oliver Nails Hypocrisy on Voter ID Laws

John Oliver is back and his show “Last Week Tonight” nailed the hypocrisy of Voter ID laws yesterday.

As Oliver pointed out from 2000 to 2004 there were more than a billion votes cast and 31 possible incidents of voter fraud. He also cites examples of how hard to to get a an ID is some states along with examples of how many people are affected.

Take 15 minutes and watch the video. It will be worth your time to become knowledgable on this important subject.

Supreme Court – Inconsistant Decisions

Yesterday (4/22/2014), in the case on affirmative action, Schuette v. Coalition, the Supreme Court ruled that voters could outlaw the use of race in college admissions.

According to the SCOTUS blog writeup about the decision (emphasis mine):

Those two Justices [Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas], however, would have gone considerably further, and declared that no policy that takes race into account can be upheld if it is not a direct remedy for intentional racial discrimination — in other words, they would allow race-conscious programs of dealing with policies that have a more negative effect on minorities, even if that is not intended.

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