Prof. Franita Tolson: Texas Voter ID Laws Are Racist and Designed to Prevent People of Color from Voting for Dems

‘Texas has one of the most restrictive Voter ID laws in the country and it harms communities of color’


BERMAN: “You know, as one of the discussions we had on this show a couple of months ago, Stacey Abrams came out on the show and said, you know, there are certain voter ID laws she supports and people, all of a sudden, their heads exploded and said 'What? What?' Explain this to us so people can understand, you know, what voter ID laws — you know where is the line?”
TOLSON: “Yeah, this is a great question because I think folks get a little confused about it. My point to the senator was that all voter ID laws are not the same. And Texas has one of the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country and it really harms communities of color. Our voter ID laws do not have to be that restrictive. For example, Texas accepts only a limited number of IDs to vote. So, if you have a driver's license, or an election ID card or a handgun license or a military identification you can vote. But if you have federal ID or state ID or student ID, you can’t vote. And it is clearly targeted towards making it harder for the people more likely to have those IDs. The students of color and students more generally tend to skew towards the Democratic Party. And also Texas has part time ID issuing offices in rural areas with high concentrations of people of color and people in poverty. So the entire regime is targeted to make it very difficult for minorities to get the ID that they actually need in order to cast a ballot. It does not have to be that way.”

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