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Debunking the Right's Latest Voting Rights Claim: Tough ID Laws Do Not Empower Minorities

Right-wingers point to voter turnout statistics in Georgia and ignore larger demographic shifts.

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The facts remain clear. The decision by nearly half the states, including Georgia, to impose new and higher barriers to voting is far more political than it is protective of voting rights. Countless studies have shown almost no use of false IDs, or voting by those who are not citizens. Liberal activists say a bigger problem is that citizens who should be casting ballots are not doing so. That continues to raise the question: are fearful politicians acting in a punitive way merely to retain their own grasp on power? It certainly looks that way from here.

George Bauer is a print and broadcast journalist living in Atlanta, Georgia.