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Lewis Black’s ridiculous rant against voter ID destroyed with single tweet

http://twitter.com/#!/Christoph9r/status/520979814144962560

Comedian Lewis Black is speaking out against voter ID laws on behalf of the ACLU. Requiring ID to vote means the end of America as it was founded, or so this ridiculously over-the-top video would have you believe:

My latest video for the @ACLU. F#%! Voter Suppression: https://t.co/fCkcgn9O7x #notonmywatchbaby

— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) October 9, 2014

Start by telling that to the NAACP, Lewis.

Pls sign this open letter. Don't allow lawmakers to impede ANYONE'S right to vote. https://t.co/1TSDpeE7kp #votingrights #notonmywatchbaby

— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) October 9, 2014

Tweeter @RBPundit attempted to educate Lewis Black with just a few words:

Dear @TheLewisBlack, making sure people are who they say they are isn’t voter suppression. It’s voter fraud suppression.

— RB (@RBPundit) October 11, 2014

Now there’s a 20 megaton common sense explosion that’s guaranteed to nonetheless be ignored by those who need to understand it most.

THIS-> "@RBPundit: Dear @TheLewisBlack, making sure people are who they say they are isn’t voter suppression. It’s voter fraud suppression."

— Richard G. Combs (@rgcombs) October 11, 2014

@RBPundit @TheLewisBlack In fact, the lack of voter ID laws suppresses the value of legitimate votes.

— Muster Melanerpes (@formicivorus) October 11, 2014

@RBPundit @TheLewisBlack Sick of all these racists that assume blacks don't have ID.

— Warren Dorn (@warrendorn) October 11, 2014

@RBPundit @TheLewisBlack Another example of white Dems assuming the worst about minority voters.

— Mike Bullard (@bullimusmaximus) October 11, 2014

Black Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court To Strike Down Wisconsin Voter ID Laws

In an amicus brief provided to BuzzFeed News, the Congressional Black Caucus invokes the Voting Rights Act in their challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

MILWAUKEE, WI – NOVEMBER 4: A man checks in at the city hall building where citizens cast their vote on election day November 4, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Getty Images Darren Hauck

WASHINGTON —- The Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday submitted an amicus brief in the Wisconsin voter I.D. case, BuzzFeed News has learned.

The primary question before the Supreme Court is whether Wisconsin’s voter I.D. law, touted in recent speeches by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a presidential hopeful, violates the Constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law.

It is also expected to decide whether Wisconsin’s voter I.D. laws are racially discriminatory.

“As lawmakers, members of the CBC are committed to ensuring that the Voting Rights Act continues to serve as a robust and meaningful vehicle for protecting access to the voting booth for all Americans,” reads the brief, which was provided to BuzzFeed News. “Correspondingly, members of the CBC are committed to ensuring fidelity to the text, history and purpose of the Voting Rights Act.”

Walker got some of the loudest applause in speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last month when he addressed his state’s voter ID law and defending his record as a conservative in a blue state. “And we believe it’s important to protect the integrity … of each and every vote cast. So we require in our state, by law, a photo I.D. to vote,” he said. “We weren’t afraid to go big and go bold. Maybe that’s why I won the race for governor three times in the last four years. Three times mind you in a state that hasn’t gone Republican for president since I was in high school more than 30 years ago.”

The CBC has prioritized voting issues under leadership of North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield, himself a former judge.

“Many of us led the fight to end the practice of voter disenfranchisement 50 years ago, and we cannot afford to standby and do nothing while historical advancements in equality and fairness are reversed with laws such as Wisconsin’s discriminatory voting practice which, if allowed, will open the floodgates across the country to silence many American voices by making it increasingly harder for all citizens to vote and have a say in America’s democratic process,” Butterfield said in a statement.

“Politicians like Governor Scott Walker who advocate for such discriminatory laws claim that it addresses the ‘growing threat’ of voter fraud and will help protect our democracy from those who attempt to game the system,” Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin told BuzzFeed News. “But the ‘growing threat’ here isn’t voter fraud. The real “growing threat” is voter suppression and the lawmakers behind it.”

Some in the CBC, including Moore, have called Wisconsin the “Selma of the North,” in terms of the direct impact the law has in disenfranchising voters, particularly in Milwaukee.

“You don’t have to be a legal scholar to recognize that it is a dangerous time for American voters in Wisconsin and across our country,” said Moore. “Wisconsin’s voter ID law has nothing to do with stopping the fictitious threat of voter fraud and everything to do with making it harder for more eligible voters to register and vote.”

A release by the CBC Tuesday urged justices to hear a case filed by the Advancement Project against Wisconsin’s restrictive voter ID law.

The brief cites the “well-known history of minority voter disenfranchisement necessitated the introduction and passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.”

“It is undeniable that the VRA’s accomplishments inspired hard-won, centuries-delayed public confidence in the legitimacy of the country’s electoral system. With the VRA in place, minorities and non-minorities alike could have greater faith that election results genuinely reflected the will of the people–all of the people,” the brief reads.

update

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York provided the following statement to BuzzFeed News: “The attack on the right to vote is an assault on the integrity of our democracy. The Supreme Court facilitated the irresponsible explosion of corporate political spending in the Citizen United case. It is time the Court step up to facilitate the democratic participation of individual Americans who are trying to get a fair shot.” BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_article_update_time_4936745”).innerHTML = UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(‘2015-02-10 13:19:24 -0500’, ‘update’); });

Donna Brazile: SCOTUS ruling on Texas voter ID ‘hurtful to democracy’

http://twitter.com/#!/commonsenseCOLO/status/523474924401610752

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Texas can enforce its voter ID law in next month’s election, overturning a lower court ruling:

Supreme Court rules Texas can enforce voter ID law http://t.co/Zs0CwWG2tX

— The Hill (@thehill) October 18, 2014

Now all states have a model law for voter ID: Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Voter ID Law http://t.co/rO6KGvGwSN

— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) October 18, 2014

Donna Brazile blasted the ruling and urged people to vote early before other states are required to verify identities:

News Alert: Supreme Court allows Texas to use voter ID law. #SCOTUS actions are so hurtful to democracy.

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 18, 2014

#iwillvote early before #SCOTUS totally bans our right to participate in the upcoming elections. Worse, they will erect new barriers.

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 18, 2014

Early voting has started in several states. So, get it done now before #SCOTUS ruins your right to vote. Take precautions and bring ID.

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 18, 2014

If anyone wish to help someone get a voter identification card, go public and help your fellow citizen. Last minute changes are confusing.

— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) October 18, 2014

So it is possible to get an ID?

@donnabrazile Needing ID for ANYTHING including getting into the building you shoot "This Week" every Sunday is ok, but harms democracy?!?

— BradyLand (@DrunkenPromises) October 18, 2014

.@donnabrazile You could always invite someone DENIED the ballot due to lack of ID on t.v. w/you. Oh… Right. CAN'T GET IN CNN W/OUT ID.

— Annie (@bloodless_coup) October 18, 2014

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