So here's the latest chain to be thrown over Hispanics, not that anything here is new, because it's not. I first saw the Reuters article, "Voting Laws May Disenfranchise 10 Million Hispanic U.S. Citizens", by Patricia Zengerle. Writing from Washington, D.C. Not exactly the hub of Hispanic activity. This article cites a "study" from Advancement Project, a "next generation" social justice organization. You can check out the full 24-page report titled, "Segregating American Citizenship: Latino Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012". (As a teaser on their web site, they headline the article as "Voter Suppression Laws Could Disenfranchise 10 Million Latinos". A little spin? I think so).
The objections boil down to these, taken from the report's executive summary (Underline is mine, italic is in the original):
"The types of voter suppression laws and policies analyzed in this report are:
(1)Alleged noncitizen voter purges of registered voters (in 16 states), which target naturalized citizens and may violate equal protection guarantees. Communities of color, specifically Black, Latino and Asian Americans, form a large percentage of naturalized citizens in states pursuing these purges, with Latinos comprising the largest percentage in most. (See Table 2 in Section II.A.)
(2) Proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration (in effect in Georgia, and pending in Alabama and Arizona), which impose onerous and sometimes expensive documentation requirements on prospective voter registrants. These laws target naturalized citizens, many of whom are Latino. (See Section II.B)
(3) Restrictive photo ID laws in 9 states, which similarly impose costs in time and money for millions of Latino citizens who do not have the required documents. (See Table 4 in Section III)."
First off, having conducted the "study" themselves, they have violated a fundamental ethics in research principle, which is simply that they have a conflict of interest here.
Second, they assume that the purging of voter rolls is fraudulent. No evidence substantiates this and they cite no source. Biased reporting.
Third, they state that these actions target naturalized citizens, of course with communities of color hardest hit. This is also unfounded, because there may be lots of dead white people still on the voter rolls that need to be purged. Again, assumption with bias towards their claim, with no evidence to back it up.
Fourth, the allegation is laughable that proof of citizenship requirements impose onerous and expensive documentation requirements. I will address this sorry statement below. A foreign born, naturalized citizen will prize and cherish the documents that they worked so hard to get. And again with the targeted naturalized citizens.
Fifth, "restrictive" photo ID laws... these are the same laws all citizens must abide by, not just Latinos!
Do you see how patronizing these people are? Do you see how sickeningly condescending these liberals are? The poor hapless muddle-headed Latino CITIZENS can't navigate the big bad state laws that everyone else has to navigate to get themselves a photo ID!
Finally, just how bad is the cost? Here it is, straight from the horrible State of Arizona MVD web site:For an Arizona Driver's license, the MAXIMUM cost is $25.
- For an Arizona ID card, the cost is $12.
- There are 2 identification requirements to get either one:
- Primary (must include date of birth): 22 possible documents
- Secondary: 26 possible documents
- If an applicant has nothing with a photo ID, he only needs a 3rd document:
- Anything from the primary or secondary lists.
Tags: Voter suppression, Latinos, Advancement Project, Grijalva, photo ID, Arizona driver's license, Reuters, Patricia Zengerle Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!