If you’re white, rich and Republican, you’re welcome to vote

According to Chief Justice John Roberts,

There is no right in our democracy more basic than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.

And what does this mean, this right to participate in electing our leaders? Well, it means you can spend as much as you like to fund a political campaign. But if you live in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, or Virginia you’re no longer protected by the Voting Rights Act (thanks again, Roberts). If you’re black, your district will probably be gerrymandered; or, if you’re in the minority, you may now be subject to “at large voting” laws – i.e., the whites’ votes count, not yours.

And if you’re unfortunate enough to live in a swing state, you’ll probably find it harder to register, cast a provisional ballot, or vote absentee; your polling place (particularly if you’re a Democrat) may be open fewer hours; and you may have to show I.D. or even a birth certificate.

If and when these Republican states’ efforts to limit people’s voting rights reach you, Mr. Roberts, what are you going to say then?

 

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