Did anybody really doubt that a ton of these new laws were about voter suppression instead of the much-discussed but largely invisible bogeyman of voter fraud?
What's worse about these tactics, even though they did not prevail in 2012, is that they come at about the time the U.S. Supreme Court is supposed to take another look at parts of the Voting Rights Act. The court has to determine if Southern states, such as South Carolina and Florida, must remain under certain federal mandates that were put in place because of all the voter intimidation tactics that were in such broad use to keep black voters from the polls. There were legitimate reasons to think that some of those states have come far enough that such a mandate is no longer necessary - but many of those states have now undercut that view.
I don't know what the court will do. Maybe it will upend the Voting Rights Act any way. As for me - a man who sympathized with Rand's Paul view that a section of the Civil Rights Act may need to be scuttled, given the changes this country has undergone - the attempt to undermine the 2012 election by floating the fictional bogeyman of widespread voter fraud has turned me off.
It will make it harder for me to listen to anyone argue in favor of amending the Voting Rights Act.