Last week, President Obama’s Justice Department filed suit against the state of Texas over Texas’ new voter ID law. It wasn’t surprising, but it’s the latest salvo by progressives to delegitimize the effort by many states across the country to pass voter integrity laws.
One of those laws, signed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently, was written about last week by Phyllis Schlafly – and she defended the measures that would cut down on early voting, party-line voting, and institute voter ID requirements.
Progressive writers have seized on Schlafly’s column and other conservatives’ comments on voter ID laws to be a trend in which, as Kevin Drum writes, “conservatives are finally admitting what voter suppression laws are all about.” Drum was following what was written by Steve Benen, and the theme was picked up by Jamelle Bouie. Progressives think that what conservatives are earnestly after is the suppression of voting demographics that are unfavorable to Republicans.