Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz apparently became a little overzealous earlier this week when commenting on efforts by Republican-controlled state legislators to implement stricter voter ID laws, which she was later forced to retract.
“You have Republicans, who literally want to drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally and very transparently block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates,” she told CNN contributor Roland Martin.
Wasserman Shultz also compared photo ID laws to a poll tax because of the effort and costs associated with gathering the documents required to ultimately get the state-required photo identification card.
“Just look at African-American voters as a snapshot. About 25 percent of African-American voters don’t have a valid photo ID,” the Florida lawmaker said. “The reason it’s similar to a poll tax is because you’ve got the expense. You’ve got the effort.”
Monday, Wasserman Shultz issued an apology of sorts, saying she shouldn’t have used the Jim Crow analogy.
“But I don’t regret calling attention to the efforts in a number of states with Republican dominated legislatures, including Florida, to restrict access to the ballot box for all kinds of voters, but particularly young voters, African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans,” she said.
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