Well it appears that those who told us that the Voter ID bill was not racially motivated were big, fat liars. Word comes today that Rep. Sue Burmeister told the Justice Department that in her district if blacks “are not paid to vote, they don’t go to the polls,” and, thus, this is the reason for the Voter ID bill.
Of course, most of us who were not in complete denial realized that the motivation behind the Voter ID bill was Republican distrust of black voters. However, until Burmeister’s comments were revealed, no Republican would publically admit it.
It was also revealed that officials from the Justice Department did not want to approve the legislation but that Attorney General Gonzales overruled them.
With comments like this from the lead sponsor of the legislation, I am pronouncing the Voter ID bill dead. No judge is going to approve this law when with the comments from Burmeister, the motivation for the law is as clear as day. The motivation was race and that is Constitutionally impermissible. Further, Burmeister told the Justice Department that there were to be drivers license offices in every county in the state and at Kroger stores. This is completely untrue.
Those of you who support the Voter ID bill can thank Rep. Burmeister for her comments. Not only will the Voter ID bill die, but the Voting Rights Act will probably be extended as well.