Jordan Candler / August 19, 2016

Racism Comes to Michigan

Court rules that having to vote for each individual will cause “confusion.”

There was a very peculiar development this week on the issue of straight-ticket voting in Michigan. The Republican legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder had passed legislation stripping voters’ authority to cast virtual votes. Whereas before they could use a single stroke of a pen as a sort of proxy vote for an entire party on the ballot, the new law ensured that votes were counted on an individual basis. In other words, a nominee who doesn’t have a visible check mark beside his or her name doesn’t receive a vote. Pretty simple, right? Well, the courts rejected the law on grounds that it was discriminatory, a decision the state appealed. This week the appeals court rendered a judgement — a truly baffling one. In short, the ruling is prejudiced. Against blacks.

According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals: “In sum, the district court credited unrebutted evidence in the record demonstrating that [the law] will increase the time that it takes to vote, particularly in African-American communities where straight-party voting is prominent and where lines are often already long. The district court also found that the law was likely to increase voter confusion and miscast ballots.”

God forbid blacks actually have to study their options before casting a ballot, because the court apparently feels they aren’t capable of it. Why else would it contend that the requirement “will increase the time that it takes to vote” and “increase voter confusion”? That’s a racist view, plain and simple. Democrats use the same complaint against voter ID, which they claim is a hindrance to minorities. But voter fraud is a real problem, and such an argument says more about black culture than it does “insensitive” Republicans. A person too lazy to procure identification — not to mention who knows absolutely nothing about who they’re voting for, except that they promote poverty plantations — shouldn’t be voting.

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