Bill Maher Says What the Media Won’t: Voter ID Laws Are Racist

Bill Maher has the guts to say what the mainstream media won’t: Voter ID laws are nothing more than a racist attempt to suppress the votes of African-Americans.

Here is the video:

Maher said,

Now, I know it doesn’t seem like showing picture ID should be such a big deal, but it turns out one in ten Americans who used to be able to vote could not this time under these new laws. See Republicans love America and cherish it’s ideals, so they asked themselves what is it we have that many Democratic leaning inner city voters don’t have? I know. We have photo ID. Our drivers’ licenses and many of them don’t because they’re too poor to own a car. It reminds of the drug war where conservatives said let’s find something minorities do a lot, like smoke weed, and make it illegal, and one of the punishments is you lose your vote…

Listen, America has had a lot of tricky racist laws. It’s part of the adventure of living here. That’s what makes it dangerous and fun, like everyone being armed. It’s like a theme park at Halloween. Hey, if you don’t want to be chased with a chainsaw, move to Canada.

But what makes the voter ID law special is that they propose to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. We have empirical data proving that essentially no is showing up at the polls and impersonating a legally registered voter. Runaway slave laws were racist and wrong, but at least occasionally there was a runaway slave. But in person voter fraud is a crime that doesn’t happen. Since 2000, there have been ten cases of it. Ten. Out of 146 million voters. More people go into the voting booth and get hit by lightning while being attacked by sharks than commit this crime.


Because people tend to commit crimes to do things they want to. We’re Americans, we don’t want to vote. That’s not how the criminal mind works…But don’t ever accuse a Republican of racism. They just happened to come up with a legal technicality that if applied nationally would mean one in four black people can’t vote. It’s like if you wanted to suppress the white vote so you made a law that you couldn’t vote unless you’ve seen every Tyler Perry movie.

So I say fair is fair. If Republicans can make it harder for minorities to vote with their tricky ID laws, then we get to make it harder for teabaggers to vote by bringing back the literacy test. You can ask me for a picture ID, and I’ll ask you to count to twenty without taking off your shoes.

Maher also listed his three literacy test questions for tea partiers.

Very little of the discussion about voter ID laws in the mainstream media actually focuses on who these laws are targeting. The media has helped push the Republican argument by assuming that these laws target all people equally, when they are designed to target minorities, poor people, and Democratic voters.

An interesting unintended consequence is the possibility that some rural while older Republicans will also get caught up in the net of voter suppression, but for the GOP the disenfranchisement of millions of Democratic voters is worth the cost of a few thousand Republicans who will be turned away on Election Day.

Maher was totally correct. Voter ID laws are a form of voter suppression that is directly targeted at minority voters. If there is no voter fraud, then why would Republicans pass laws that would disenfranchise 25% of African-American voters if applied nationally? It is not a coincidence that Republican controlled state governments pushed through voter ID laws after African American turnout surged in the 2008 election. The voter ID laws were designed to be the Republican firewall against an Obama victory.

What the Republican Party never counted on was having a nominee who is so unpopular that even the harshest voter suppression techniques might not be enough to get him elected.

Because the media has billions of dollars in campaign ad revenue at stake, they play dumb. They turn a blind eye towards the fact that voter ID laws are part of the Republicans 2012 strategy.

The mainstream press acts like the act of disenfranchising any voter is a debatable topic. Bill Maher is one of the few people in the media with a platform to come out and say these voter ID laws are designed to prevent African-Americans from voting. Even though the mainstream media is going to keep denying it, at least comedians like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart are speaking the truth on voter ID.

15 Replies to “Bill Maher Says What the Media Won’t: Voter ID Laws Are Racist”

  1. Anyone who restricts ones right to vote must be escorted to prison

    The great constitutionalists among us who call themselves hypocrit… er republicans are guilty

  2. It’s why they went after ACORN. They were registering actual people who were poor and black, and heaven forbid…you mean we still allow the poor and nonwhites to vote? In KKK America? How come you never see the GOP trying to register voters? Because when people are interested enough to vote, they study the issues (at least those not in LA who can read.) And when they study the issues this time, they are going to find that only one party is telling the truth, and only one party cares about all Americans. Landslide.

  3. Thanks to Bill Maher for highlighting this frightening Issue and thank you Jason for reporting on it so throughly!

    I know the Obama Team and anyone else who is appalled by republicons denying Americans the right to on this and I hope they can come up with ways to counteract the treason.


  4. That study to which Maher referred was done by two Conservative foundations, Knight and Concordia, who hoped to find evidence of “widespread voter impersonation”. The study covered the past dozen years, 2000-2011, and involved over 600 million votes cast across this country. Imagine their surprise when they discovered that, among that Mt. Everest-sized number of votes cast, that they found only 2,086 ALLEGED cases of voter fraud; that number included all kinds of voter fraud. And, imagine how depressed they were when they discovered that only ten of those cases were confirmed to be “voter impersonation”. Ten. Out of over 600 million votes. If you put that in numerical percentage terms, it’s .00000167%! (continued on next post)…

  5. That percentage of ACTUAL voter impersonation is so small that the Microsoft Excel program will only put it in scientific notation. On my handheld calculator, that number is so small that it simply says “zero”. GOP hypocrisy at its finest and debunked by two Conservative foundations! ROFLMAO ;)

  6. Maher is right, noone else wants to say it, but it is true. Congrats to Bill, he has the nerve to tell the truth

  7. Republicans are truly horrible, none of them care about leaving a legacy of statesmanship and honor, they are all about hurting those Americans, that need our help to most, most Republicans claim to be Christian, but their party platform and their actions are in direct contrast to the teachings of Christ. It is astounding that Republicans all over the Nation are willing to overlook the blatant lies and disrespect the Romney/Ryan campaign has put upon them, he has called anyone who feels seeing his tax returns, small-minded, even though he has been caught lying on his tax returns before, concerning is residency in MASS. as Governor. Voters have the right after hde’s been caught lying. yet other REPUBS, simply overlook it, Shame

  8. When we saw those huge crowds in Denver – and at the Inauguration – I wondered what the Repubs thought (now we know about their meeting).

    When the Dem controlled Congress agreed to make ACORN disappear, I wondered what was going on. I’d seen first-hand all the good work ACORN had done in Baltimore.

    Why didn’t our leadership see what was coming in 2010? But after participating in 1960 sit-ins, 1963 marches, 1965 KKK housing protests I still wasn’t prepared for state legislatures taking away VOTING RIGHTS.

  9. You should read what is being reported in the local paper today. A “news” item associates people who need help with theft.

    This is so obviously biased and deliberate propaganda – it’s rare that I see something that is so obvious and wrong, and that includes reading papers from over 100 years ago (when the reporting was far more biased and done to manipulate people in a political sense). (Indeed it can be argued that the papers have never stopped – only gotten better and more subtle at it.)

  10. I do not see how we can hold an election when millions of citizens have been denied their constitutional rights. If we do, this is the end of democracy, I thought we were supposed to be spreading
    the rights of millions in 3rd world countries. It would seem the republicans are turning the US into a 3rd world country.

  11. We need 10,000 people each week, writing and calling DOJ to help protect a fair election.

    Please ask the DOJ to have the UN election monitoring teams start NOW to evaluate the preparation, execution, and tallying of our upcoming election, and to have Justice strike down or delay until after the election ALL of the voter suppression laws.
    Department of Justice Main Switchboard – 202-514-2000
    Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line – 202-353-1555

    This matter transcends any thought of political party. We need real help–everyone please contact your local Registrar and VOLUNTEER at the polls this November. When I worked at the polls, it was all people over 65 and there are election stealers…

  12. And where is the Justice Dept in all this? After Holder’s incident, it seems nothing has been done on anything.

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