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Elitist Liberal Jurists Worried about Helpless Minorities and Poor People

Ohio has a procedure of removing voters from registration lists if they have not voted a certain number if years, and if they did not respond to a registration verification request to reaffirm their voter registration status. A guy challenged the policy because he couldn’t vote as his name was not on the voter list in his district, because he hadn’t voted in a while. The U.S. Supreme Bureaucrats denied his challenge to that policy, with the 5 conservatives voting in the majority against the 4 liberals dissenting. Part of the reason for those laws is to guard against possible voter fraud, and, as cited in the majority opinion, it’s “been estimated that 24 million voter registrations in the United States—about one in eight—are either invalid or significantly inaccurate.”

I have no idea why the 4 dissenters think it’s unreasonable to require a voter who hasn’t voted for a number of years to respond to a notice to verify one’s voter status. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was whining about “disenfranchisement of minority and low-income voters.”

It seems to me that she is implying that minorities and low-income voters are too dumb to understand a notice clearly stating that if they haven’t voted in several years they need to respond to the notice or their names will be taken off the voter lists. What an elitist.

That shouldn’t be a surprise, given that Sotomayor seems to think mainly in terms of racial bias with her own anti-white male bias, with past statements such as, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” So we have a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who admits to being an affirmative action justice, looks down her nose at the intelligence and abilities of other minorities and the poor, while at the same time says how racist our voter laws are. She exemplifies the irrational, ignorant thinking from the reactionaries on the left, in my view. (Wait, didn’t Sonia play the housekeeper on All in the Family? No? Okay, just kidding.)

So how could such a rule “disenfranchise” minorities and low-income people but not disenfranchise white or wealthy people? I know someone who last voted in the early 1990s, and a few years later received a notice from the local registrar of voters with exactly the message referred to in this court decision. Frankly, people need to take responsibility for their own situations, such as making sure that you are still registered to vote when you receive a notice warning you that you might be taken off the list. (Why oh why do sane, rational people want to continue voting, anyway?)

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