Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) on Wednesday night said Republican governors and legislatures are purposefully pressing for the enactment of voter identification laws in order to suppress Democratic voter turnout in the 2012 election.
“State legislatures are attempting to impose voting restrictions that are the modern day equivalent of poll taxes and literacy tests,” she said on the House floor. “We cannot allow state legislatures to drag our nation backward in what is nothing more than a political quest to protect their governing majority’s interests.”
Wasserman Schultz said GOP efforts to end early voting is an example of this effort, since in her state, more than half of the early voters were African Americans and Hispanics.
“So do we think it’s a coincidence that that group of voters, which voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates, now suddenly has their right to vote on that particular Sunday removed from them?” she asked.
She went further by saying Republicans are purposefully trying to limit Democratic voter turnout because they don’t think they can win in the upcoming elections.