Posted BY: Robert Weissberg
The adage “be careful of what you wish for, you may just get it” most certainly applies to recent efforts by black political leaders to expand ballot access. Their reasoning seems alluring: voting has been their ticket to progress, and the more blacks who vote, the greater the progress. A corollary is that such expansion would also help their political allies, notably Hispanics and other minorities of color, and thus build a mighty coalition. Moreover, open borders bring more Hispanics, which will, eventually, swell yet further this alliance which, it is assumed, will be led by blacks.
Reality may be a disaster for blacks. For one, expanding ballot access by more accessible absentee voting and the like will likely have minimal impact on black turnout, since black non-voters are disproportionately less-educated, disproportionally poor, less interested in politics, and often legally barred from voting due to felony convictions. Banning personal ID requirements and similar measures will scant impact on this apathetic group.