Martin Bashir | September 25, 2012
>>> today is nootiational voter registration day. an important opportunity to remind everybody of their right to vote and to push back against efforts that seem designed to undermine voting rights , especially in critical swing states . the first lady chose to address the issue during a visit with the congressional black caucus .
>> make no mistake about it, this is the march of our time because in the end it's not just about who wins or who loses or who we vote for on election day . it's about who we are as americans.
>> karen finney is an msnbc political analyst and the former dnc communications director . karen , given that there isn't any substantive evidence for widespread voter fraud in this country, do you think this is now part of the republican talk-it to win the election in november, basically prevent as many democrats as possible from getting into a voting booth ?
>> well, let's see. we had a disaster in 2001 . then we had help america votes act and then in 2008 when the obama complain completely changed the electorate by registering a new swath of voters, young voters, guess what, the president won. and guess what? right after that in, what, 30 states --
>> pure coincidence. pure coincidence.
>> i mean, you know, it just so happens all these voter i.d. laws happen to pop up in states where we have seen the most growth in african-american and latino voters, people of voting age . so i'm sure it's just a coincidence though, martin.
>> as we look at the map, karen , we find no fewer than 33 states have enacted voter i.d. laws. the attorney general, eric holder , has said he will not allow voting rights to be, and i'm quoting him, impinged by those who seek naked political advantage, but how many voters do you think could be disenfranchised by these voter i.d. laws?
>> you know, martin, the brennan center had estimated about 5 million voters and then the advancement project actually came out earlier this week with a report that suggests about 10 million latino voters could be disenfranchis disenfranchised, not just because of the voter i.d. laws, but because remember it's a whole swath of activities. it's these purges we've seen in states like florida where they're purging their lists and they happen to be purging latino -sounding names and in democratic areas more than other areas of the state. it's also the changes in the requirements for documentation and sort of requiring documentation that people just simply don't have. so they've done a number of things to create these barriers. now, the justice department is fighting back pretty hard. there are a number of cases. i think we're doing well in a number of states. the other thing i want to mention is people need to remember it's not just the voter i.d. laws. we've already started to see that tea party group, true the vote, their voter suppression and voter intimidation tactics, filming people going into their early vote . they're challenging about 200 college students in ohio who happened to not put the number -- the room number from their dorm on their voter registration . so there's a lot of shenanigans going on. people have to register to vote. make sure you know where your voting location is and make sure you have all the information you need on voting day.
>> and the people said amen. karen finney, thank you so