The motive here is political, not racial. Republicans aren't bigots like the Jim Crow segregationists. But they know that increased turnout in poor, black neighborhoods is good for Democrats. In that sense, the effort to suppress voting still amounts to the practical equivalent of racism.
In Crawford, the court upheld an Indiana law essentially requiring a passport or driver's license in order to vote. But more than two thirds of Indiana adults have no passports and nearly 15 percent have no driver's licenses. These eligible voters, disproportionately African-American, will need to take a bus or catch a ride from a friend down to the motor vehicles bureau to make sure they obtain a nondriver photo ID. Otherwise, they cannot vote in Indiana this year.
The motive here is both political and racial.
Call me silly, but there's no real love between the GOP and African-Americans, particularly if they are disadvantaged. Oh yes they'll trot out Collin Powell and Condolezza Rice as their pet examples of just how wonderful the GOP has been for African Americans.
African Americans know that this is a lie, and want to do something to change it, come November. The GOP is doing their damndest to stop this, by any means necessary.
Under the watch of this administration, the number of people who have fallen into poverty has increased mightily, not decreased, and the criminalization of poverty (as evidenced by increased and severe persecution of the homeless) has skyrocketed.
As linked here on February 27th, 2007 by CommonDreams.org
"The number of Americans living in severe poverty has expanded dramatically under the Bush administration, with nearly 16 million people now living on an individual income of less than $5,000 (£2,500) a year or a family income of less than $10,000, according to an analysis of 2005 official census data."
The analysis, by the McClatchy group of newspapers, showed that the number of people living in extreme poverty had grown by 26 per cent since 2000. Poverty as a whole has worsened, too, but the number of severe poor is growing 56 per cent faster than the overall segment of the population characterised as poor - about 37 million people in all according to the census data. That represents more than 10 per cent of the US population, which recently surpassed the 300 million mark.
The causes of the problem are no mystery to sociologists and political scientists. The share of national income going to corporate profits has far outstripped the share going to wages and salaries. Manufacturing jobs with benefits and union protection have vanished and been supplanted by low-wage, low-security service-sector work. The richest fifth of US households enjoys more than 50 per cent of the national income, while the poorest fifth gets by on an estimated 3.5 per cent."
In the states where this is going to be a problem, the DNC has to be working with a calendar, to know precisely when the "drop dead" date for voter registration will be, then get as many eligible voters non-drivers IDs as soon as possible.
There's only so far electronic vote fraud can go to "scam the system" if there's a real landslide moving in the other direction.