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If Voting Meant Anything They Wouldn’t Let You Vote, And Other Extremely Dumb Things People Believe


As far as this is concerned, I don’t think I’m going to try to top the best American Chopper meme there will ever be:

One thing to add is that, as apologists have observed, there are a couple of actual cases of vote suppression in addition to the people who think that if anything voting is too easy. But of course the problem is that if one believes the bullshit about how voting is for SQUARES man and actually there’s no difference between the parties and elections don’t matter, why am I supposed to be so upset about vote suppression? (It’s also amazing he is still, in 2018, citing the profoundly embarrassing Deadspin pre-election piece that was completely dunked on by the Jezebel staff with no apparent understanding of why the latter would see the election that inter alia will result in the overruling of Roe v. Wade as a matter of moral urgency.)

Eric Levitz offers a useful corrective:

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal — and they are.

➽ In 2008, young voters helped deliver North Carolina to Barack Obama. Shortly thereafter, Republicans in the Tar Heel State’s government revised voter-ID law to exclude student-ID cards. Eight other states have adopted similar restrictions. Just this year, New Hampshire passed a law that effectively imposes a poll tax on college students who wish to vote in the state, Florida’s Republican governor (and Senate candidate) Rick Scott tried to block early voting on university campuses, and state legislators in North Dakota have disenfranchised just about everyone who lives on a Native American reservation. Millennials may doubt their ability to effect change at the ballot box, but the powers that be sure don’t.

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