Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton compared efforts by Republicans to change voting laws across the country to Jim Crow laws and poll taxes that historically disenfranchised African American voters.
Speaking before a group of liberal youth activists Wednesday, Clinton said laws in states like Florida and New Hampshire are aimed at limiting voter turnout and keeping young people from the ballot box.
“There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the voter Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit a franchise that we see today,” Clinton said at Campus Progress’s annual conference in Washington.
Jim Crow laws, enacted between 1876 and 1965, included fees and laws historically used to keep African-Americans from voting. Clinton said Republican governors and legislators are now trying to “keep most of you [young people] from voting next time.”
Not to mention his point on convicted felons being prohibited from voting for the rest of their lives. What’s the point in an incarceration system that claims that once you “pay your debt to society” you’re free to re-integrate yourself if you can’t have the most fundamental right as a citizen. Recitivism rates shouldn’t be such a damn surprise since freed convicted felons will spend the rest of their lives not having ANY say in how the government affects their lives.