by Max Brantley
It's self-evident that Republican legislation to suppress voting — required photo IDs, limitations on hours and alternate ballot methods — is about depressing turnout among traditional Democratic constituencies, including black people, students, the elderly and the poor. Evidence of voter fraud is scant. A far bigger problem is lack of participation.
Still, the Republicans claim higher ground in their dishonest suppression effort. So, in a way, conservative columnist Matthew Vadum is kind of refreshing. He makes it clear that he does not believe poor people should vote. It is, he said, “like handing out burglary tools to criminals.”