Georgian white man returns to eliminate “wrong” voters


Illustration by Elizabeth Blockway / The Daily Beast

Illustration by Elizabeth Blockway / The Daily Beast

Yes, Georgia’s new highest racist voting law It is illegal to bring food or water into people— Means a black voter — waiting in a long line, which is also the result of voter oppression. But it also seeks to deprive black voters of their rights in much more mundane ways: Registration will be difficult.. This is, in fact, a kind of doubling, dual approach to voter restraint efforts aimed at keeping the “wrong” kind of people away from polls. The history of American voter registration law, like almost everything else in the country, pervades racism and immigration exclusion.

During the colonial and revolutionary eras, voting was a right given to whites, men, and landowners. As in Britain, this requirement was based on the absurd notion that only white men who own property have good intentions.Investing in society“” Means a true commitment to the well-being of the community. There was also the issue of white Protestant hegemony, as blacks (liberated and enslaved) and natives were largely denied the power of voting.Alexander Kessia, author Right to vote, “Catholics were deprived of their rights by five [colonies] And four Jews. In a 1776 letter, John Adams expressed his support for this type of exclusive policy, suggesting that increased voting rights would open the door to all sorts of turmoil. “It is dangerous to open up a very fruitful source of controversy and controversy, as it is opened by trying to change the qualifications of voters,” Adams said. Written in the document.. “There is no end.”

With the ratification of the Constitution in 1788, the issue of voting rights was left to individual states, and in Article 1-4, “The time, place, and method of elections for senators and representatives are set by the state legislature in each state. However, the Senate may at any time create or change such regulations by law. ”States, in turn, Overwhelmingly Voting rights continue to be limited to wealthy white men, Leave only 6% of the country Eligible to vote for the first presidential election.

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By the beginning of the 19th century, Kessyar wrote that fears that elections would be decided by “temporary foreign-born” began to spread nationwide. The formal system of voter registration was portrayed as a way to protect the integrity of elections, as it was then. In 1801, Massachusetts became the first state. Pass the voter registration law.. By 1832, the first known case, which could be called “the purge of voters” today, was alleged by a Boston man named Josiah Capen who allegedly infringed his right to vote.The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled against plaintiffs, and the state’s voter registration system Fully legal.. In the years that followed, registration law began to dominate the country. Many of these were under the influence of the Whigs, which claimed that urban immigrants voted illegally to elect the Democrats (the party that was eventually destroyed by slavery, the institution that the Republicans opposed at the time). I was guided.

Pennsylvania launched a voter registration system in 1936, sending door-to-door visitors within Philadelphia and gathering information from potential voters.Keyser Writing it “The declared goal of the law was to reduce fraud, but opponents argued that its real intention was to reduce the participation of the poor.” Only a few years later, in 1840, ” The Whigs have succeeded in passing a registration law that applies only to New York City, where Irish voters are most concentrated. ”The bill will be overturned within two years, but anti-immigrant sentiment is registered. You will see the promotion continue.

But of course, no one was more systematically deprived of their rights than blacks.Supreme Court 1857 Dred scott Arbitrage American citizenship has established itself to fall short of those “imported as slaves or their descendants, whether they are free or not.” Of course, exclusion from citizenship meant exclusion from voting rights. The ruling suggested that this was also the case, as blacks were considered “inappropriate to associate with whites in either social or political relations.”

Exactly eight years later, the defeat of the Confederates in the Civil War resulted in the liberation of blacks and the ratification of Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitutional Amendment. The black government, which was soon assaulted by violent white supremacists, would be revoked under the Jim Crow Law, which borrowed heavily from the initial registration law. Poll tax, literacy test, residence regulationsPreviously all built into the registration system, it was a routine tool manufactured to block black votes. These laws lasted for almost a century until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was finally enacted. Handed over to secure black power..

“In Mississippi, black registration went from less than 10 percent in 1964 to nearly 60 percent in 1968. In Alabama, this figure rose from 24 percent to 57 percent,” writes Kessymer. .. Throughout the South, “within a few years after the bill was passed, about one million new voters were registered, with African-American registration reaching a record high of 64%.”

Therefore, white conservatives have spent almost every day since trying to dismantle the law.They were very successful SCOTUS lifts key clauses The struggle to counter that effort and empower blacks and deprived voters has been largely led by black women.In Georgia, the first governor of Brian Kemp Complained badly in 2014 “Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, as you know, register all these minority voters out there and others on the sidelines. In a 2018 contest in the governor’s election with former state minority leader Stacey Abrams, Kemp oversaw a large voter roster purge and other types of racist tactics.53,000 voter registration applications, “70% of which were submitted by black registrants.

“The United States is one of the few democratized developed countries that uses fragmented and inconsistent state-by-state registration methods to hold citizens accountable,” said Abrams. Written in an essay in June 2020.. “Because elections are managed by individual states, a fragmented and disjointed process is key to voter oppression. Easy registration makes voters more likely to participate.”

Efforts of the organizer “Register all eligible unregistered citizens It is often said that he turned Georgia blue in the elections that brought victory to President Joe Biden, Senator Raphael Warnock, and Senator John Osov. What they actually did was drive home how white Republicans learned to update old-fashioned racist voter oppression tactics to make them work today. .. The shameless and transparent racism of the state’s new voting law is reflected in the flood of voters’ disfranchisement proposals pending at state capitols across the country — Including 47 related to “Voter Registration”, 38 wipe people out of the voter list, and 24 deal with direct early voting. “

In addition to suppression, suppression, infinitely.

The· For people’s lawPassing the House of Representatives in early March, will make automatic voter registration a land law. Abolition of registration is not included on the agenda if voter registration needs to continue as a prerequisite for voting, and while the Republicans are trying to strip blacks straight from voting. At the very least, it should be as easy as possible. But what it is, that is, the oppression of voters by another name, seems worthwhile to continue calling for voter registration.

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