It just couldn’t be that the Democrats are about as inspiring as a pile of cow manure:
Millennials aren’t apathetic: Their vote is suppressed
Voter ID laws target students and the young — it’s an active campaign to keep twentysomethings from the polls
Aaron R. Hanlon
“Voter apathy”—particularly among young people—is a post-midterm election cliché that says more about the audiences the punditry write for than the election results themselves. Following from the already overdetermined master narrative about the entitled millennial, “voter apathy” tells the center-left, median-age white professional exactly what she wants to hear: It’s not your fault we’re stuck with this loathsome legislature; it’s those coddled millennials who couldn’t be bothered to vote.
Millennials, I’ll admit, bear significant responsibility for this impression, not only because our voting turnout is indeed poor, but because our response to poor turnout only reinforces the stereotypes. Mathew Segal and Johanna Berkson’s recent Salon piece, a classic example of the genre of millennial backtalk, argues that poor turnout is the politicians’ fault, because they failed to “inspire” with “bold ideas on some of the most important issues to millennials today.” Segal and Berkson may be right, but perhaps blaming low millennial turnout on the failure of politicians to cater to millennials wasn’t the best rhetorical choice.
So instead of rearticulating the old clichés about voter apathy—a topic that, at best, is more complicated than either “kids these days…” or “old folks just don’t speak to us”—we should consider the impact of voter suppression on young people.
The midterm election results were predictable in large part because of the widespread effort of states to pass “voter ID” laws that target women, minorities and, of course, young voters, all of whom are more likely to vote for Democrats. The 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision lifted requirements for states with a recent history of race-based voter suppression to get Justice Department approval for voting law changes, which opened the doors for states like Texas and North Carolina (among others) to pass measures that restrict voter registration efforts, voting hours and forms of identification required to vote. In Texas, for example, a concealed handgun license is acceptable ID for voting, but a student ID is not. North Carolina does not accept student IDs either.
More at the original. But the notion that “millennials” lack photographic identification is ludicrous: 67% of them have driver’s licenses, and every state in the union has its Department of Motor Vehicles capable of issuing non-driver’s license photo IDs. Combine that with the “motor voter” law, and anyone in the county who can legally register to vote can do so, at a place which has the equipment to provide a photo ID at the same time. If some people, regardless of age, are simply to lazy to register to vote, then I’m perfectly fine with them not being able to vote; that is on them, and no one else.
Of course, mentioning driver’s licensing also means mentioning cars!
And now, to the blogroll!
- William Teach of The Pirate’s Cove noted that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s decision to pull funding from Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is facing arun-off election on December 6th, turned out to be a wise one.
- Karen, the Lonely Conservative: Aw! Dems Are Frustrated With Pelosi
- Darleen Click on Protein Wisdom: “We should stop putting women in jail. For anything.”
- The much better-looking Dana on Patterico’s Pontifications: Ferguson: Getting Ready
- Hube at the Colossus of Rhodey: To those at the L.G.O.M.B.
- Perry at Bridging the Gap must be so deep in the throws of depression after the election that he couldn’t write a word; nothing new there.
- Donald Douglas on American Power: Obama Built That: Democrat ‘Majority Coalition’ Shrinks After Midterm Debacle
- William Jacobson at Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion: Obama won 2014 non-vote in landslide
- Jazz Shaw on Hot Air: How did it all go so wrong with Wendy Davis?
- Ed Morrissey on Hot Air: Democratic domination of coal country over?
- John Hitchcock on Truth Before Dishonor: The Difference Between 1994 And Today Is Democrats Have Obama. Mr Hitchcock continues his personal rebellion against identifying Democrats as blue and Republicans as red in this article.
- Jennifer Davis on the Victory Girls: Think Progress Tells Alabama Voters They’re Stupid For Banning ‘Foreign Laws’ Perhaps they should pass this along to Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy as well.
- Smitty on The Other McCain: Signs Of Pending Apocalypse: DewItos