Speak Out: The real roots of voter ID laws
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Many of us have experienced the fires of persecution one time or another. I am speaking of the infliction of harm upon us by others, whether it was physical, social, mental, moral or spiritual. Persecution includes oppression, ill treatment, intimidation, abuse, discrimination, badgering, hounding and bullying.

Here are a few examples of persecution: Students encounter bullying in schools. Employees are intimidated in the workplaces. Crime suspects feel the harassment of detectives. Individuals are oppressed for religious beliefs. Citizens are vexed by government regulations. Civil servants become the witch hunt of investigative committees.

Voter suppression is another form of persecution. Erecting barriers so that previously registered voters have difficulties under new voting laws is persecution. These photo-ID voter laws, enacted in 2011 by many Republican-controlled state legislatures against minorities, were the resort of oppressive measures. These ID laws were inconceivable until Barack Obama won the White House in 2008 with a large margin of minorities who conscientiously vote with the Democratic Party.

Let’s be truthful, these ID laws are really based on contempt, envy, malice and race against the first African-American president. Voter fraud is the deceptive tactics of evil intent. Researchers find no significant evidences of voter fraud in determining presidential outcomes.

In the final analysis, there is no individual or group that is immune from exercising persecution on others whose views may differ from the prevailing, dominant culture. Persecution has many heads which should be considered by the electorate.

Isaiah J. Ashe
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