Source: Lenny McAllister / Politic365
Can there be voter validation efforts through the nation – particularly in this heated election year – without those efforts wading into the shark-infested waters of voter suppression?
Most progressives – and most minorities in America these days – say no. Yet, there is a way, but that path must be laid and led by Black Republicans.
Although there have been some Black conservatives that have supported efforts that have put into question access to voting moving forward, there is a large segment of Black Republicans that believe in upholding the civil rights efforts of the past. With the push to limit voting access to those that can prove their citizenry, it is up to these conservatives to both articulate the points about fair, valid voting records and the concerns for pushing legitimate voters from the ranks due to partisanship, even if keeping those voters in pocket would jeopardize Republican hopes for the fall.
These Republicans must look at this situation as as win-win from the long-term perspective. For starters, it can not merely be about towing the party line when it comes to the voter ID laws that are increasingly sweeping across the nation. For Black Republicans to continue gaining the trust of the Black community – and, as well, begin to form some significant bridges between Black voters and the GOP – Black conservatives must serve as the honest brokers in the push for stronger voter ID laws.
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