Ballotproof

  • Aired:  08/05/13
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Following the demise of the Voting Rights Act, southern states like Texas, Florida and North Carolina quickly move to disenfranchise poorer voters. (6:34)

WANTS YOU TO RUN.

SO LOOK BEFORE WE GET

CARRIED AWAY HERE, YOU MAY

NOT NEED TO WORRY ABOUT WHO

YOU ARE VOTING FOR IN 2016.

>> LAST MONTH WHEN THE

SUPREME COURT STRUCK DOWN

SECTION 4 OF THE VOTING

RIGHTS ACT THE COURT OPENED

THE FLOODGATES TO A TIDAL

WAVE OF STATE RESTRICTION.

>> A TIDAL WAVE, A VOLCANO

OF DISENFRANCHISEMENT, A

SHARK-NADO OF VOTER

SUPPRESSION.

YES, EXACTLY.

EXACTLY.

IMAGINE YOUR VOTING RIGHTS

BEING SUBJECTED TO THIS.

>> THAT IS LET'S RALLY WHAT

THE SUPREME COURT HAS GIVEN

STATES LICENCE TO DO.

BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

IS ALREADY GEARING UP FOR

BATTLE.

>> THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

TODAY CHALLENGED VOTING LAWS

IT SAYS DISCRIMINATE ON THE

BASIS OF RACE.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER

MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN

PHILADELPHIA PLEDGING TO

FOCUS FIRST ON TEXAS WITHIN

TEXAS FIRST, OKAY.

APPARENTLY ERIC HOLD

CERTIFICATE

APPARENT-- APPROACHING VOTER

RIGHTS PROTECTION LIKE WE

HIS FIRST DAY IN PRISON.

LOOK, I'M GOING FIND THE

BIGGEST-- THERE AND BEAT THE

[BLEEP] OUT OF HIM.

I'M SENDING A MESSAGE HERE.

THE OTHER STATES WILL FALL

IN LINE.

(APPLAUSE)

BUT LOOK, LOOK, I'VE GOT TO

SAY WHAT HAS TEXAS DONE TO

DESERVE THAT?

>> LITERALLY TWO HOURS AFTER

THE COURT'S RULING, TEXAS

OFFICIAL SAID THEY WOULD

BEGIN ENFORCING A NEW VOTER

REQUIREMENT EVEN THOUGH A

FEDERAL COURT STRUCK DOWN

THE LAW BECAUSE IT QUOTE

IMPOSES STRICT UNFORGIVING

BURDENS ON THE POOR AND

RACIAL MINORITIES IN TEXAS.

>> COME ON, TEXAS.

WHAT WERE YOU DOING FOR TWO

WHOLE HOURS?

DID IT TAKE YOU THAT LONG TO

MAKE THE CALL BECAUSE YOUR

HAND WAS SHAKING TOO MUCH

FROM THE EXCITEMENT OF BEING

ABLE TO DISENFRANCHISE

VOTERS?

AND LET'S BE CLEAR.

TEXAS IS NOT ALONE IN ITS

RUSH TO IMPLEMENT

RESTRICTIVE NEW VOTING LAWS.

IN A PHRASE THAT IS ALMOST

NEVER UTTERED IN A

FLATTERING CONTEXT, FLORIDA

IS ALSO LEADING THE WAY.

>> FLORIDA CAN GO AHEAD WITH

THE VOTER PURGE.

A LAWSUIT WAS FILED LAST

YEAR TO STOP THE STATE FROM

TAKING NAMES OF SUSPECTED

NON-CITIZENS OFF THE VOTER

ROLES.

IT WAS DISMISSED YESTERDAY

IN A SUIT, LOST ITS FOOTING

AFTER THE SUPREME COURT

STRUCK DOWN PART OF THE

VOTING RIGHTS ACT.

>> AH, YES, FLORIDA, WHERE

YOUR GRANDPARENTS AND YOUR

RIGHT GOES TO DIE.

BUT PERHAPS A SURPRISE

CONTENDER FOR MOST DRACONIAN

VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION

CAME FROM A LITTLE FURTHER

NORTH.

>> LAST WEEK NORTH CAROLINA

PASSED ONE OF THE MOST

RESTRICTIVE VOTER

SUPPRESSION BILLS IN THE

NATION.

A BILL THAT SLASHES IN HALF

THE STATE'S EARLY VOTING

PERIOD, THEN ELIMINATES SAME

DAY VOTING REGISTRATION THAT

REQUIRES VOTERS TO SHOW A

GOVERNMENT ISSUED I.D..

>> IT DOESN'T STOP THERE T

ALSO PLACING ALL VOTING

BOOTHS ON BUOYS SO THEY ARE

ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY YACHTS.

NOW THE THING THAT OCCURS TO

ME IN ALL OF THIS

LEGISLATION IS WHAT PROBLEMS

ARE YOU TRYING TO SOLVE?

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

>> THE STATE ELECTIONS BOARD

SAID THAT THEY'VE ONLY HAD

ONE DOCUMENT CASE OF VOTER

IMPERSONATION FRAUD IN 2012.

YOU SAY --

>> THE IMPORTANT THING IS

ENHANCING CONFIDENCE IN

ELECTIONS.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS

ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WHEN

PEOPLE SHOW UP TO VOTE THEY

ARE WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE.

>> OKAY, STOP THERE.

BECAUSE AS I BELIEVE HAS

BEEN ESTABLISHED, THE

PROBLEM ISN'T PEOPLE SHOWING

UP TO VOTE AND NOT BEING WHO

THEY SAY THEY ARE, IT'S

PERSON AS IN ONE, SINGULAR,

ONE GUY OUT OF FOUR AND A

HALF MILLION PEOPLE WHO

VOTED IN THE LAST ELECTION.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> HONESTLY, YOU COULD HAVE

GOTTEN THE SAME RESULTS BY

JUST PASSING A BILL THAT

SAID DAVE CAN'T VOTE, HE

KNOWS WHY.

SO IF THAT'S NOT REALLY THE

REASON, THEN LET'S TRY THIS

AGAIN.

WHY ARE YOU DOING THERE?

>> ACCORDING TO NORTH

CAROLINA'S BOARD OF

ELECTIONS, A THIRD OF VOTERS

HERE WITHOUT A PHOTO I.D.

ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN.

>> AND THERE IT IS.

GOES TO SHOW IT'S TRUE,

ALWAYS BET ON BLACK.

ACTUALLY, NORTH CAR LINE'

VOTER-- HEY, WHO ARE YOU

ANGRY WITH?

!

WHO ARE YOU-- THE JOKE

STANDS.

ACTUALLY, NORTH CAROLINA

VOTER I.D. LAW IS JUST THE

TIP OF A TRUE [BLEEP]BURG OF

THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

>> IN NORTH CAROLINA THE

REPUBLICAN CONTROL STATED

LIMIT APPROVED NEW LIMITS ON

ABORTION CLINICS TACKED ON A

BILL DESIGNED TO BAN ISLAMIC

SHARIA LAW.

>> HOLD ON, LET ME JUST

UNDERSTAND THIS YOU'RE

ADDING ABORTION RESTRICTIONS

TO LEGISLATION BANNING THE

MAKING OF LAWS BASED UPON

RELIGIOUS BELIEF?

THAT'S LIKE PASSING A BILL

BANNING HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN

SYRUP AND ADDING A PROVISION

NAMING THE STATE ANIMAL THE

GUMMI BEAR.

NOW TO BE FAIR, TO BE FAIR,

THAT WAS ONLY THE NORTH

CAROLINA STATE SENATE.

THE STATE HOUSE DID NOT DO

SOMETHING AS AMAZINGS ATTACK

AN ANTIABORTION LIMIT ON A

ANTISHARIA BILL.

THEY TACKED IT ON SOMETHING

ELSE.

>> WHAT DOES ABORTION HAVE

TO DO WITH MOTORCYCLE

SAFETY?

>> GOOD QUESTION?

(LAUGHTER)

>> GOOD QUESTION.

THAT'S A TRICKY ONE.

IS IT THAT VOTERS INVOLVE

GUYS IN LEATHER JACKETS YOUR

PARENTS DIDN'T WANT YOU TO

DATE?

S.

>> REMEMBER LAST WEEK WE

WERE TALKING ABOUT A NEW

ABORTION BILL IN THE STATE

SENATE THAT WAS TIED TO

SHARIA LAW BAN, WE TALKED

ABOUT THAT.

>> WE Z THIS WEEK THE

REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED NORTH

CAROLINA HOUSE ATTACHED A

SIMILAR BILL TO A MOTORCYCLE

SAFETY BILL.

>> THAT DOES SEEM RIDICULOUS.

ABORTIONS HAVE NOTHING IN

COMMON WITH MOTORCYCLE

HELMETS.

FOR ONE THING YOU CAN GET A

MOTORCYCLE HELMET PRETTY

MUCH ANYWHERE.

BUT AFTER-- AFTER A NORTH

CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE SESSION

LIKE THIS, I THINK THE BIG

TAKE AWAY HERE MIGHT BE YOUR

MOVE, SOUTH CAROLINA.

OH, YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD

CRAZIEST CAROLINA ALL SEWN

UP DIDN'T YOU WITH YOUR RUN

AWAY GOVERNORS AND RAMPANT

HORSE [BLEEP] AND IT GIVES

ME NO PLEASURE SAYING THIS.

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO LOSE

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