Tucker accuses Republican-controlled state legislatures of actively attempting to suppress voter turnout among racial minorities. Again, Tucker is not dissuaded by the facts. Over 97,300 more votes were cast in Georgia’s February presidential primary for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates, and a higher percentage of black voters turned out to vote than did white voters.
Fifty-two percent of black women and 43 percent of black men cast ballots in the primary, compared to 45 percent of white women and 45 percent of white men.
Tucker continued, “GOP-dominated state Legislatures, including Georgia’s, have done precious little to change the rules for voting in absentia. That’s because those who request absentee ballots are more likely to vote for Republican candidates, which makes that sort of fraud just fine.”
In the 2008 presidential primaries, Georgia voters requested 24,136 Democratic absentee ballots by mail, compared to 20,944 Republican absentee ballots.
So much for the Republican advantage.
The traditionally liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in his majority opinion that Indiana’s photo identification law —- which is in fact stricter than Georgia’s law —- is “justified by the valid interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.”