Here, courtesy of Talking Points Memo
, are numbers that show why Republicans push so hard for voter ID
legislation. It's not about voter fraud. Every credible study shows there's relatively little vote fraud. It's about suppressing the turnout of Democratic voters. Disproportionate numbers of black people and less educated people -- voters who happen to trend Democratic -- do not have photo IDs. In a Republican world, no ID, no vote. Put in practice, this can produce a pro-Republican vote swing of several crucial percentage points. It's a fit, too, with voter caging, as practiced by Tim Griffin
, the political operator that the Bush administration tried to put in charge of the Justice Department in eastern in Arkansas without a Senate confirmation hearing.