Last night on her show, Rachel Maddow discussed the insane and seemingly unconstitutional new voter ID law that North Carolinian Republicans rushed through their state legislature and planted neatly on Governor Pat McCrory’s (R-NC) desk where he immediately signed it into law. The voter ID law is aimed at suppressing the votes of those who have traditionally voted Democratic. Gee…wonder why they’d want to try to keep more of their opponents’ votes from counting?
Lost perhaps in the shuffle sometimes is just how vindictive and crazily the law treats young people. High-school students are no longer allowed to pre-register and the college ID that has been acceptable for voting purposes in the state is now no longer valid either. On her show, one of Maddow’s producers followed the bus route that a young college student in North Carolina would have to take in order to get to the new polling place. She documented just what a laborious undertaking it is, replete with tight schedules that are impossible to find.
What the Republicans across the country are trying to do is reprehensible. They are bending the rules of our republic to fit their political ends and in the process robbing millions of people of their voice in red state after red state. Perhaps it’s time for grassroots efforts in as many of these places as possible to attempt to break their stranglehold on democracy.
Watch the segment from The Rachel Maddow Show below.