By Billy Dane
Rep. Steve King has suggested that citizens should have to pass credit checks before they vote. King said if people can’t keep their finances in order they have no business taking part in elections.
“How can people expect to understand the economics of the country, when they can’t even pay their own bills on time?” King said.
When challenged that this new law would prevent black Americans from voting, King bristled with anger.
“That’s not true, some white people have bad credit too,” King replied.
This proposed law would be just one in a series of Republican bills designed to suppress votes from blacks, Latinos, young people and poor people, groups that traditionally vote Democrat.
King is not the first Republican to suggest restrictive voting laws based on finances.
Tea Party Republican Rep. Ted Yolo once suggested voting should be limited to property owners.