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A tradition of keeping African-Americans voters from the polls

New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.

Among the victims of the Florida law: Jill Cicciarelli, a New Smyrna Beach high-school teacher who last year tried to register several of her students. She had been out on maternity leave, ran afoul of the new law, and was threatened with thousands of dollars in fines. "I just wanted the kids to be participating in our democracy," she says.

More significant, these laws have had a direct impact on minorities. The number of Latinos registered to vote in Florida, for instance, has fallen by ten percent since 2008. (Nationally, there are two million fewer minority voters now than in 2008.) Florida, says Howard Simon, executive director of the state's ACLU, is attempting to "gut the Voting Rights Act."

See more images in this slide show: Xico Artists Featured in "Crossing the Line"
See more images in this slide show: Xico Artists Featured in "Crossing the Line"

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More Crossing the Line viewpoints:

"Bordering on revolution: America's war on Mexicans has gone too far," by Michael Lacey

"Love the beans, hate the beaner: America's love-hate relationship with Mexicans and Mexican food," by Gustavo Arellano

"Latino activists prepare for the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's SB 1070," by Stephen Lemons



Village Voice Media commissioned artists associated with the Phoenix-based cultural collective Xico to produce a series of covers for its papers -- each one is unique to each city -- for its national story on Arizona SB1070, "Crossing the Line." Here are those images with additional artworks and biographical information on the individual artists. Founded in 1975, Xico is a nonprofit organization that promotes Chicano, Latino and Native American heritage through the arts. Its programing includes arts classes and workshops for underserved youth, community exhibitions, artist education, printmaking workshops, the valley's oldest Dia de los Muertos/A Celebration of Life festival and small-venue performances. To find out more, visit www.xicoinc.org.

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Is all of this enough to propel Mitt Romney to victory over Barack Obama? Well, the president received 96 percent of black votes in 2008 and more than two-thirds of the Latino vote. And Florida is the nation's largest swing state. Many of the measures, like those in Arizona, Texas, and Minnesota, are under review by courts or face public votes in the future. "The fate of these laws," says the NAACP's Jealous, "will determine that of our country for years to come."

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Ladieslovecoolme
Ladieslovecoolme

White people do not have a certain day of the week that they traditionally vote on. A law banning voting on Sunday is clearly targeting the exact demographic that DOES have the tradition of voting on Sunday(Racism). This is CLEARLY a ploy to skew election results. A law that requires ID to vote is not racist, it is designed to keep those without IDs from voting. While this law doesn't necessarily target a specific race, it does target the part of the population that does not have the resources or ambition to acquire the ID, mainly lower income or non-functional citizens. Do these people still have the right to vote? YES. Should illegal immigrants have the right to vote? IMHO YES- each and every one is most definitely obligated to adhere to American law. Why then, should they not have a say as to how those laws are constructed. After all, illegal immigrants are who originally populated this country and lest we forget they were responsible for the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence(rendering them immigrants no longer) and the good ol' Constitution of the United States(that which we have completely lost sight of). A journalists mission is to inform. Sometimes, a personal view might contaminate the writing of a perfectly well intentioned article, meant to inform the public of the need for REFORM. I implore you- do not shoot the messenger because he put the bad news in his own words.

Ladieslovecoolme
Ladieslovecoolme

Your first sentence is incomplete. Also, I believe you meant African Americans with no apostrophe. Now what were you saying?

Joe
Joe

This article is so Democrat. I can't believe people buy into this garbage. Democrats are the ultimate race hustlers and poverty pimps. They assume black people (and other minorities) are stupid, don't have ID's, can't get a job, can't pay their bills, need social justice and welfare programs. I know very successful minorities, and very unsuccessful white people....'cause that's who the enemy is, right? The Democrat party is like having an enabler family member that you see on Intervention. It makes perfect sense that everyone shows up to the voting place with their ID. PERFECT! Ever notice these articles never talk about asian people? What's up with that shit?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

U$A = a nation founded upon racism, bigotry and hate

Wilson
Wilson

Is it true Chuck? ....Are black people so pathetic and helpless they can't meet the requirements to buy cigarettes, or go see a show at the Bluebird. According to you blacks are so feeble minded and weak they are unable to get an ID and show up at their polling place to vote. The only reason you don't want voter ID is so ineligible voters can vote, and that's why you wrote the article. You pretend like black people are so pathetic and helpless they don't have a chance unless someone like you comes to their rescue. Blacks are just regular people like you and me with every chance to become president, or run a corporation or any other accomplishment they want to achieve. You have a sick mind, you can just lie like it's no big deal, most normal people can't do that, and that's what makes you a sick person.

Matua48
Matua48

It's not bull. #TrueStory

 
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