Map #9. The Southernization of America: States with strict voter ID laws that make it harder for low-income people to vote.
Thanks to the Southernization of America, we’ve got Republicans in states across the nation trying to take away our right to vote. Jim Crow may still be illegal, but the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has emboldened GOP lawmakers. Even since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, they’re determined to turn all 50 states in the U.S. red by hook or by crook. In fact, the white states that don’t have a circle with a line through them are the only states the GOP hasn’t tried to tamper with. That’s right, only six states (That sixth white space happens to be Lake Michigan) have been spared attempts at Voter ID laws.
The map shows the Southernization of America’s assault on voter rights, and is color-coded as follows:
- The states marked in yellow managed to fight back bills that would have required restrictive photo IDs.
- The purple states actually had Photo ID laws in place that were blocked by the courts.
- Four states — the ones that are appropriately colored red — still have Photo ID laws in place.
- The turquoise blue states are called “confusion states” because photo IDs are requested but not required.
- The four states with big Vs actually passed strict photo ID laws, which their governors thankfully vetoed.
- The states tattooed with a circle and a line through it require proof of citizenship in order to vote.
- Pennsylvania (the state with the purple pinstripes) still asks for photo ID even though their photo ID law was blocked.
- Virginia (the state in green) changed their law to allow both photo IDs and non-photo IDs. How mighty white of them.
Of course the number of people who’ve actually attempted to commit voter fraud is statistically insignificant. But why should the GOP bother coming up with an appealing agenda when it’s so much easier to just keep liberals from voting?
Continues on next page: Map #10. The Southernization of America: Average Life Expectancies by State.