I have seen the movie Selma twice- first on its opening day in my State and again the following Monday. I have never done this before. In fact, I am known more for walking out of films than I am for enjoying them in theaters. This film touched me on many levels and caused me to think about my past experiences, The Civil Rights Movement, and current media in such a way that I had trouble abbreviating my feelings. For this reason, this will be a three-part series.
I will keep this short.
Today, I entered the polls and voted without showing an I.D. This may be the last election where this is the case. I will not get into the modern political dealings of Voter I.D laws, but reflect on my understanding of them.My grandparents lived in an era where choosing to vote clashed with laws engineered to make exercising their constitutional right difficult. Less than 50 years ago in 1965 then-President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. This act, developed in an effort to end disenfranchisement and voter suppression, has provided protection to groups that historically have been disenfranchised. Why challenge the voting process now? What has changed in the last few elections to warrant this? Fraud exists and will continue to exist regardless of safety guards developed to ward against it.