HOUSTON — The head of the NAACP on Monday likened the group’s fight against conservative-backed voter ID laws that have been passed in several states to the great civil rights battles of the 1960s.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said these are “Selma and Montgomery times,” referring to historic Alabama civil rights confrontations. He challenged those attending the NAACP’s annual convention to redouble their efforts to get out the vote in November.
“We must overwhelm the rising tide of voting suppression with the high tide of registration and mobilization and motivation and protection “Simply put, the NAACP will never stand by as any state tries to encode discrimination into law,” Jealous said.
The power to vote will be a key theme of the weeklong 103rd convention, which was expected to host about 8,000 attendees. An appearance by Attorney General Eric Holder was postponed from Monday until Tuesday, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden were also expected to speak at some point.
Since 2010, at least 10 states, including Texas, have passed laws requiring people to show a government-issued photo identification card when they go to the polls.
My Opinion – I don’t buy this bleeding heart argument that this oppresses my black community and neither should you. Anyone that wants to vote needs to take responsibility and get documentation to do so. Voting is a right, but it is also a RESPONSIBILITY. We need to be sure that voting is legitimate, so that the will of the majority is done.
That is the concept of a democratic republic – an accurate and fair representation of the will of the people. We have millions of illegal aliens in the country who have NO RIGHT to vote. Yet there are many in this country that argue that ‘voter fraud is not a problem’. Well, I don’t trust that some power hungry politicians have the country’s best interest at heart, and I think that they will do anything to benefit their OWN interest, including promoting voter fraud.