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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

No, Really - Republicans Are Racist

The Republican-controlled state legislature of Georgia is trying to institute a Jim Crow-era poll tax of $20 to register to vote if the voter doesn't have a driver's license. Naturally, this falls most heavily on poor blacks. Link here.

The money shot:

"We'll appeal it until the Supreme Court makes a decision. Hopefully by then the president will have a good conservative court up there that understands the will of the people," said Republican state Sen. Don Balfour.

The law did not go into effect until August, when it was approved by the U.S. Justice Department. Under the Voting Rights Act, Georgia and other states with a history of suppressing minority voting must get the Justice Department's permission to change their voting laws.

- Rowan Kaiser, 12:16 PM
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