Recently I stumbled across an old 2014 interview on Moyers & Company between Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP and Ari Berman of The Nation about the increasing attempts to suppress voting in many red states, through adding ever more onerous and complicated so-called “voter ID” laws. During the discussion they lay out all the details of why this disadvantages many people who have been voting using student IDs or other forms of ID for years. And with only 31 cases of in-person voter fraud ever documented in one billion of votes cast in all elections since 2000, it’s a solution in search of a problem. However it was this exchange near the end of the program that really stood out:
Ifill: ….The thing that is the coin of the realm for the common man, we’re coming for that too. we’re going to create this obstacle course that you have to go through in order to exercise this right that should come automatically with your citizenship.
Berman: We have a Supreme Court that wants to make it easier to buy an election than for everyday people to vote in one.