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Georgian white man returns to eliminate “wrong” voters
Illustrated by Elizabeth Blockway / Daily Beast Yes, Georgia’s new highest racist voting law provides food and water to long lines of people waiting in long lines, which is also the result of voter oppression. It is illegal to bring it in. But it also seeks to deprive black voters of their rights in much more mundane ways, including making registration 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 the UK, this requirement was based on the absurd notion that only white men who own property have a sincere “social interest”. This represents 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. The author of the voting rights, Alexander Kessia, said: [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 wrote in a letter. “There will be no end.” The 1788 Constitutional ratification left the issue of suffrage in individual states, and in Article 1-4, “Time, place, and method of elections for senators and representatives.” Each state by its legislature; however, Congress may create or change such regulations by law at any time. ”On the other hand, the states maintain voting rights limited to overwhelmingly wealthy whites, Only 6% of the country was eligible to vote in the first presidential election. GOP’s new rule: Whites can shoot, but blacks cannot vote. At 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 to pass the Voter Registration Act. 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, finding that the state’s voter registration system was completely legal. In the years that followed, registration law began to dominate the country. Many of these are guided under the influence of Wiggs, a party that was eventually destroyed by slavery, the institution that GOP opposed at the time, claiming that urban immigrants voted illegally and elected to the Democratic Party. Was done. Pennsylvania has established voters. The 1936 registration system visited door-to-door visitors within Philadelphia to gather information from potential voters. Kieser writes: “The declared goal of the law was to reduce fraud, but opponents argued that its real purpose was to reduce the participation of the poor. At their door.” Only a few years later. In 1840, “The Whigs succeeded in passing a registration law that applies only to the city of New York, where Irish voters are most concentrated.” The bill will be overturned within two years, but anti. Immigration sentiment will continue to drive registration. But of course, no one has been more systematically deprived of their rights than blacks. The Supreme Court’s 1857 decision by Dred Sam Scott proved that American citizenship does not extend to people “whether imported as slaves or their descendants.” 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, when the Confederates were defeated in the Civil War, blacks were released and ratified the amendments to Articles 14 and 15 enshrining black citizenship and voting rights in the Constitution. The black government, which was soon assaulted by violent white supremacists, would be revoked under the Jim Crow Law, a system that borrowed heavily from the initial registration law. Poll taxes, literacy tests, and residence regulations were all previously built into the registration system, but were routine tools manufactured to prevent blacks from voting. These laws lasted for almost a century until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act was finally passed to secure black participation. “In Mississippi, black registration went from less than 10% in 1964 to almost 60% in 1968. In Alabama, this number rose from 24% to 57%,” Kessymer wrote. I will. In 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%.” They were very successful in 2013 when SCOTUS stripped important provisions. 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 violently in 2014. “The Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about the Democrats register all these minority voters out there and other voters on the sidelines. Hopefully these in November. In a 2018 contest in the governor’s election with Stacy Abrams, a former House minority leader in Georgia, Kemp removed a large voter roster and other types of races. Oversaw discriminatory tactics. “The United States is one of the few democratized industrialized nations that uses fragmented and inconsistent state-by-state registration methods to hold citizens accountable,” Abrams wrote in June 2020. essay. “Elections are managed by individual states, so a fragmented and disjointed process is key to voter oppression. Easy registration increases the likelihood that voters will participate.” “10 The organizer’s efforts to “register all eligible unregistered voters in Georgia by the end of the year” are often said to have bluened Georgia in the elections that brought the president a victory. Joe Biden and Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. What they actually did was drive home how white Republicans learned to update old-fashioned racist voter restraint 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 the State Capitols across the country. People’s law, which passed the House of Representatives in early March, will make automatic voter registration a national 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, continuing to call for voter registration for the oppression of voters by another name, seems worthwhile. Read more on The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.