Voter ID Laws Vincent flanagan

Should you not be allowed to vote, an American right, just because you can’t afford it? A common issue that has always been around is voting and who has the right to vote. All americans should have the right to vote, but they don’t. The voting system today is corrupt, racesits, and targets certain classes and races making it so they can or can’t vote. People who would most likely vote a Democratic ticket such as lower classes, and African Americans can not vote in certain states. In the 2016 election, 16 states required voter ID to vote while 15 accepted some other form of identification. Since many lower classes do not have or can’t afford photo ID, they are not allowed to vote. 25% of African Americans don’t even have voter ID making it impossible for them to vote in some places. Since lower classes and bottom dwellers would typically vote for a Democratic president, the voting system does not allow them to vote making it so Republican presidents have an advantage. “The system as it now operates does a terrible job of representing the nation’s demographic and geographic diversity.” (New York Times).

A topic that is similar to people not being able to vote because lack of ID is similar to when the 15th amendment was passed. The fifteenth amendment Guaranteed, “Citizens of the United States right to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” (U.S. Constitution). This amendment granted African Americans and all races to vote. However, Many African Americans were not able to vote in the 1800 because of a terrorist group, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The KKK tortured blacks and forced them to vote a democratic ticket. Both now and then African Americans were not able to vote. Abram Colby was a former slave that got elected to the Georgia State Legislature. During Colby’s testimony, he said, “They said to me “Do you ever think you will vote another damned radical ticket?” I said if there was an election tomorrow I would vote an radical ticket. They sat in and whipped me a thousand licks more, with sticks and straps that head buckles on them,” (Colby 1). Since Colby was going to vote a radical republican ticket he was beat by the Klan Members. Also, in a political cartoon written by harper's weekly, a New York Newspaper, described a white man with a gun pointed to his head. Next to him were three whites saying, “Of course he is going to vote the democratic ticket,” (Harper's Weekly 1). This man was Republican because the KKK was torturing him, so he would obviously vote for a Republican president, but since white men are torturing him and putting a gun to his head, he didn’t have a say in who he wanted to become president but he had to vote for democratic. Both the KKK and new voting laws make it hard or impossible for many African Americans or certain classes to vote.

Although many are lead to believe there between minority groups trying to vote in the 1800, and now are similar, some argue they are different. One difference is that today, only poor people that do not have enough money to afford photo ID are unable to vote while in the 1800, all classes that wanted to vote Republican was unable to vote. A political cartoon by Independent Monitor in Alabama, 1868, showed the lynching of two white men. The picture was a donkey with KKK written on it walking away from two hanged white men. The donkey symbolises democrats. One of the white men was holding a bag symbolizing he was a carpetbagger (Independent Monitor 1). Since these men were white, they were probably higher classed citizens. Today, Racist voter ID laws only target poor people. Also, since the man being targeted in the Harper's Weekly Newspaper political cartoon was white, it is easy to conclude he wasn’t poor or was just a higher class citizen. Finally, one person that was attacked by the and was forced to vote Democratic was elected to the Georgia State Legislature. Although he was an African American, because he was a congressman, he was probably higher classed or richer. Photo ID laws make it so lower classes or African Americans can not vote while when the KKK was attacking in the 1800, they attacked all classes.

This is a serious problem, but there is many ways people can help. “Rock the Vote is the largest non-profit and nonpartisan organization in the US driving the youth vote to the polls. Fusing pop culture, politics, and technology, Rock the Vote works to mobilize the millennial voting bloc and the youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for an electoral process and voting system that works for the 21st century electorate.” (craigconnects). Rock the Vote is an organization that is working on equalizing the racist voting system. Donating to this organization will help all colored people and lower classes to vote.

Works Cited

|, Craig Newmark. "5 Voter Rights Orgs You Should Follow." Craigconnects. N.p., 24 July 2015. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

Lang, Danielle, and J. Gerald Hebert. "Courts Are Finally Pointing out the Racism behind Voter ID Laws." The Washington Post. WP Company, 03 Aug. 2016. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

"New York Times Says the Electoral College Is Racist and Must Be Abolished." TheBlaze. TheBlaze, 20 Dec. 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

"One Account. All of Google." Meet Google Drive – One Place for All Your Files. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

"Publications." West Virginia. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

"TRUTH TO POWER." Rock the Vote. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

"Voter Identification Laws by State." Ballotpedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.


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