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Calling the baby ugly.

Years ago, some people said that colored folks just didn't possess the intelligence necessary to vote, and therefore ought not be allowed to vote. These people said that it was the color of a man's skin that determined his capability to vote intelligently. These people passed 'Jim Crow' laws to thwart justice and keep the votes of the colored folks from being counted. These people were called racist - because that is what they were.

Today on the way back to work after my workout, I heard a clip from the ACLU's press conference given yesterday after the Court's decision. "We know going in that if the vote were to take place in October, that the opportunity for voters of color and low income voters to have their votes counted would be one half to one-third of what it is for white voters and affluent voters." So this guy is saying that voters of color and low income voters are...too stupid to figure out how to vote? Just because of their skin color or income level? (I am ignoring for the moment that he starts with 'we know' when that whole argument is bogus from the start.) They fought to subvert the state constitition and take away the votes of the people of California.

Which brings me to the conclusion that the guy speaking for the ACLU is a racist.


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Sep. 17th, 2003 05:07 pm (UTC)
*looking blank* Why exactly is October bad for voters of color or low income? Did they give some reason for this theory? How do they "know" this??
Sep. 17th, 2003 07:10 pm (UTC)
Because seven counties still use the punch-card ballots. Back before the gubernatorial election, a federal judge ruled that the state had to change from punch cards to a different system (echoes of Florida...) and that the change had to be implemented by 2004. The last gubernatiorial election was held using punch cards in most counties.

The argument is that low income voters and voters of color have more difficulty with punch card ballots than white or affluent voters. The other argument is that all but seven counties have touch-screen machines now so votes are being treated differently - but they aren't, really. They are all being counted once.

In interesting bit that none of the talking heads have mentioned yet...I wonder if the local elections in November are also going to have to be rescheduled....
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