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NAACP Petitions UN Over Voter ID Laws

Laws requiring photo ID at voting stations might seem pretty sensible, but to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People they apparently amount to “systematic suppression” of minority voters. The group is now petitioning the United Nations (via the UN Human Rights commissioner) for a ruling on the issue.

The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted effort to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year’s presidential election.…

Studies have showed that the proportion of voters who do not have access to valid photo ID cards is much higher among older African-Americans because they were not given birth certificates in the days of segregation. Students and young voters also often lack identification and are thus in danger of being stripped of their right to vote.

So, the NAACP is basically doing this as a public relations stunt, and they’ll likely pull it off successfully. It doesn’t take much predictive power to guess how the UN would rule on something like this. When’s the last time the UN turned down an opportunity to bash the United States on a human rights issue? Fortunately, most Americans are fully aware the UN is a bad joke, and its ruling on this won’t be taken seriously by anybody outside of the left-wing human rights community.

It’s also worth taking the NAACP’s argument to its logical conclusion. If photo ID requirements for voting end up disenfranchising minorities, isn’t the only fair solution to make sure that more people are applying for photo IDs in the first place? After all, there are countless everyday activities that require photo identification. If minorities are disenfranchised from voting, aren’t they also disenfranchised from driving a car, buying a gun, renting an apartment, getting into bars and nightclubs, cashing a check, buying cigarettes, using a credit card, traveling on a plane, applying for government assistance, and so on?