tailgater_3 saidthese laws are having the effect desired by lawmakers and their funders: the disenfranchisement of poor and/or undereducated US citizens. basically a non-issue (voter fraud) was made into an issue for the purpose of suppressing voting rights.
Republicans have been repeatedly caught disenfranchising likely Democrats. Two examples:
#1: Ed Rollins, New Jersey Governor, 1993. Rollins funded Black ministers' charities if they didn't promote the Democratic candidate. The Democratic candidate lost. Rollins bragged about this tactic in public.
#2: Kathleen Harris, 2000 Presidential election. Harris oversaw the purge of the Florida Central Voter File, which intentionally removed many eligible voters. 88% on purged list were Blacks, despite the fact that Blacks made up only about 11% of Florida's voters. The total number of voters purged exceeded the Bush margin of victory. If Bush had lost Florida, Gore would have been elected president in 2000.
Some examples of voters purged from voting rolls:
Thomas Cooper, Date of Birth September 5, 1973; crime, unknown; conviction date, January 30, 2007 (date is seven years in the future in 2000.)
Johnny Jackson Jr., Date of Birth, 1970; crime, none, mistaken for John Fitzgerald Jackson who was still in his jail cell in Texas.
Wallace McDonald, Date of Birth, 1928; crime, fell asleep on a bus-stop bench in 1959.
Reverend Willie Dixon, convicted in the 1970s at the latest; note, received full executive clemency (and thus was wrongly removed.)
Randall J. Higginbotham, Date of Birth, August 28, 1960; crimes, none, mistaken for Sean David Higginbotham, born June 16, 1971.
Reverend Willy D. Whiting Jr., crime, a speeding ticket from 1990, confused with Willy J. Whiting who have birthdays 2 days apart.