In his final news conference President Barack Obama talks about how the United States is the only democracy to suppress the voting franchise and it can be traced directly back to racist Jim Crow laws. “This is fake news” he says about allegations of voting fraud that are used to justify voting restriction laws. He says our problem is not enough people voting and we don’t need more measures to prevent people from voting.
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The reason that we are the only country among advanced democracies that makes it harder to vote is …
it traces directly back to Jim Crow. And the legacy of slavery. And it became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise.
And that’s not who we are.It shouldn’t be who we are. That’s not when America works best. So I hope that people pay a lot of attention to making sure that everybody has a chance to vote.Make it easier! Not harder.
This whole notion of election or voting fraud…this is something that has constantly been disproved.This, this, this is fake news. The notion that there’s a whole bunch of people out there who are going out there and are not eligible to vote and want to vote.
We have the opposite problem. We have a whole bunch of people who are eligible to vote who don’t vote.
And so the idea that we put in place a whole bunch of barriers to people voting doesn’t make sense.
And then the, as I’ve said before the political gerrymandering that makes your vote matter less because politicians have decided you live in a district where everybody votes the same way you do so these aren’t competitive races and we get 90% Democratic districts 90% Republican districts. That’s bad for our democracy too. I worry about that.