Preview: Suppressing the Vote

The fight against voter fraud is a solution in search of a problem — these days, documented instances of voter fraud are virtually non-existent. Nonetheless, since the 2010 mid-term elections, 10 states have passed laws requiring government-issued photo IDs to vote — identification that for many is too expensive or otherwise difficult to obtain

This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), Bill talks to Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice about accusations that new voter ID and other election laws are thinly-veiled attempts to keep the young, elderly, minorities and the poor from exercising one of the most fundamental American rights.

“When these votes come under attack by this level of partisan gamesmanship, it’s completely inappropriate and antithetical to our history,” Gaskins tells Bill. “This is a very real political issue, but beyond that, this is a real issue of real Americans being able to access and be self-determinative in how we’re governed.”

Also on the program, Bill talks with independent filmmaker Anthony Baxter, director of You’ve Been Trumped!, a new documentary about the perils of rampant capitalism and gluttonous conspicuous consumption, epitomized by Donald Trump’s aggressive efforts to build “the greatest golf course in the world” across ancient sand dunes in Scotland. A veteran journalist, Baxter says what Trump and the Scottish government are hailing as an economic boon is actually a disaster to the environment and a callous disruption of people’s lives by a ruthless one-percenter run amok.

“It seems to me there’s one rule for the super-rich and one rule for everybody else,” Baxter says. “And the 99 percent of people in the world are tired and fed up of having money and power riding roughshod over their lives and our planet… Our planet, I don’t think, can afford these kinds of decisions.”

To end the broadcast, Bill shares his thoughts on the 47th anniversary of Medicare — the apex of Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious vision for America. Bill was a key Johnson aide as they developed Medicare and pressed Congress to pass it. How to save Medicare today? The answer, says Bill, is obvious: make it available to every American.

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  • Jeff

    I live in NM and believe me, there is documented voter fraud. One address of an ederly lady had 106 registered voters. One lady used a local repoters address to register to vote which made the man inelligable to vote. There is plenty of voter fraud out there. How is it illegal or negligable to have to show a valid ID to vote?

  • Debbie Buchele

    Please supply reputable sources to back up your claims. I have done some research and can find nothing. I have however found numerous sources that refute other claims of voter fraud. This has the smell of “urban legend” about it. I will be glad to consider your concerns if they are fact based.

  • Pat Elgee

    In ME, I just went in and gave my name and voted. I moved to FL and had to show picture ID (license). I thought nothing of it. Now in CA, I will bring my license just in case. Actually I never “unregistered” to vote in ME or FL, so may very well be on three rolls.
    When I saw one of the republicans crowing that they had passed voter ID laws, I finally realized that they were trying to eliminate the poor voters, most of whom traditionally voted democratic.
    Just passing mention was made of this at the democratic convention when they should have had at least one speaker explaining this “backward” move. It is like reinstating the poll tax.
    If you know someone who always voted and now does not have the ID necessary, help them get their ID and to the polls.