The debate over voter ID is flaring up again. South Carolina Congresssman James Clyburn, never one to miss an opportunity to make an inflammatory statement, is very, very, concerned about a new law in his State.
Representative James Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in Congress, said he was more upset about the trend of toughening up the voting laws than he was when he was jailed for civil rights protests in South Carolina in the 1960s.
“I cannot remember – even (when) sitting in an Orangeburg county jail – when I had as much anxiety as I’m experiencing today,” Clyburn told reporters, referring to the jail where he was detained in 1960 after protesting school segregation.
Of course, we here in Georgia are familiar with this fight. Georgia enacted a voter ID law in 2006. It has survived court challenges and hasn’t disenfranchised anybody.
Voter ID laws do not result in fewer African-American voters, (SC AG Alan Wilson) said, citing the experience of Georgia, which enacted a voter photo ID law in 2006. Black participation in that state’s November elections increased afterward – to 741,000 in 2010 from 513,700 in 2006, Wilson said.
Also, in 2008 there were 1.2 million African-Americans who voted in Georgia.
Of course many will say there is no need for such laws. Our nation’s top cop Eric Holder says there is no problem with in person voter fraud. However, the infamous James O’Keefe shows just how easy it is to obtain a ballot improperly when not required to show a photo ID by asking for and being offered Eric Holder’s own ballot.