“The Corruption of the Justice Department”

On June 10th, Harry, a caller from Georgia, said that “the corruption of the Justice Department” was his top public policy issue. He refers to Attorney General William Barr and his attempts to reverse the decision on the General Flynn case. Host Pedro Echevarria then asked Harry if he had voted in the Georgia primary election the day before. He stated he voted by mail, and believes his state does not have enough voting places in Fulton County “because that’s where the mass populations of poor people live and they don’t want those people voting. It’s the same thing that happened in 2018, 2016. They under-equip the poor folks with voting machines and they over-equip us, who aren’t poor and who are white and live in the suburbs.”

Harry’s right. As I’ve noted on this blog in the past, Ari Berman of Public Citizen has written extensively on the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to dismantle protections from the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In short, under the Voting Rights Act, states with a history of Jim Crow laws had to have any changes to their elections approved by the federal government in order to eliminate racial discrimination in voting. Following the Supreme Court’s reversal, nearly 900 polling places around the country shutdown, over half of which were located in formerly segregationist states. Combine this with interstate crosscheck, GOP voter ID laws and long waits to vote in the polling places that still exist, and you have modern day Jim Crow in the United States of America.

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