And the authoritative FiveThirtyEight blog reports that the white median age in this country is 43, while for Asians it’s 36, for African-Americans 34, and for Hispanics 29.
As the trend lines are clear, so is the party’s solution: keep you from voting. Thus, as we approach a critical midterm election, the GOP is embracing voter suppression with a brazenness not seen since Bloody Sunday in 1965.
In Bismarck, N.D., lawmakers have passed a photo ID law that requires residents to show a current street address. And surely it’s only unfortunate coincidence that many Native Americans live on reservations that don’t use street addresses, only P.O. boxes, which the law doesn’t recognize.
In Georgia, secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is being sued over the state’s so-called “exact match” law, in which voter registration applications are flagged if the voter’s identifying information fails to match state records, down to such picayune matters as missing hyphens and transposed letters. Over 53,000 people are said to have been impacted, most of them people of color.
In Tallahassee, Fla., in July, a federal judge decried “a stark pattern of discrimination” against young people in Florida’s blocking of early voting at colleges and universities.
Across the country, nearly a thousand polling places have been shut down in recent years, many in Southern black communities. In Cuthbert, Ga., in August, the elections board beat back a plan to close seven of the nine polling places in a county that just happens to be majority black.
Meantime, Stacey Abrams just happens to be running to become Georgia’s — and the nation’s — first black woman governor.
If you are a young person, a person of color or a young person of color, then, you may well face long lines, paperwork and other headaches as you seek to exercise your constitutional rights next month.
Please persevere. That’s the only way to elect people who understand that access to the ballot is a fundamental principle of democracy. It is the only way to rescue this country.
Don’t let anyone tell you your vote doesn’t matter. Ask yourself: If your ballot wasn’t important, would Republicans work so hard to keep you from casting it? Of course not. And I’ll say it again: They are scared of you.
Please show them that they have reason to be.