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Controversial voter ID laws are consuming our national attention. More than 200 letters to the editor, op-eds, and editorials in newspapers across the US reveal a country divided on who should vote, no matter what the Constitution says.

If you were to make a bingo card of the words and phrases that appear most frequently in newspaper op-eds and letters to the editor about voter ID laws, your squares would include: “I’m not racist! You’re racist!” “Gerrymandering,” “But Fraud!” “Immigrants,” “You’re Lazy!” “Poll Tax,” and—because this is America—“A Planeload of Bulgarians.”

Let’s begin with Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel, where Christian Schneider connects his thoughts on the topic to the award-winning children’s book, Duck for President: “Duck calls a farm-wide election and sets three rules to register to vote: The animals must live on the farm, show valid identification, and meet a height requirement. (The mice protested the minimum height rule, so it was crossed off the list.)”

While farm animal allegories can quickly get gloomy, this one doesn’t, and Schneider says “it’s clear” that the author of the book ... Continue Reading

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