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Criticism of Voter ID Fueled by "Whose Ox is Getting Gored"

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Against vociferous critics and a skeptical host, Project 21’s Horace Cooper soundly and succinctly justified the need for polling place protections against voter fraud and dispatched the various alarmist attacks on this commonsense safeguard to protect American democracy. On Al Jazeera America’s “Inside Story” program on 10/15/14, Horace – the co-chairman of the National Center’s black leadership network – rebutted allegations against ballot protections made by Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center and Ashley Spillane of Rock the Vote as well as host Ray Suarez, proving the real threat to civil rights is voter fraud and that simple protections such as requiring valid identification to vote are lawful and popular. Horace also noted that there appears to be a partisan interest fueling the campaign against voter ID laws. While critics of ballot protections in general complain that they will suppress voting, Horace noted that there is not the same concern about the rural access (distance and numbers of polling stations) for the likely reason that rural voters are largely white and old and that gerrymandering was never an issue until more conservative state legislatures began using the tactic to break up liberal maps that augmented their power. He said “it’s whose ox is getting gored and not a real, legitimate issue about protected rights.” Horace added about such complaints: "It’s only when it serves this useful purpose to claim that poor, vulnerable groups are being targeted. I’d love to hear about the states where blacks and Latinos actually voted in lower numbers after this occurred now that we’ve had six years since that decision [from the Supreme Court validating such protections] came down." This small excerpt from the Al Jazeera America program "Inside Story," broadcast on 10/15/14 and featuring Project 21 co-chairman Horace Cooper, has been posted under fair use guidelines for the purpose of non-profit, educational public debate by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a 501(c)(3) educational foundation under the Internal Revenue Code. For more discussion of these issues, please visit: http://www.nationalcenter.org http://www.conservativeblog.org https://www.facebook.com/NCPPR