Her testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday bordered on the absurd at times. Not because Andino is a poor witness, not because she’s a zealot, but for precisely the opposite reason.
Relentlessly, professionally, candidly, she has revealed to the world the utter lack of sense behind the new law — the lack of foresight on the part of the legislators, the Tea Partyers, and the conservative radicals, who scrambled to enact the odious measure in the face of reasonable, bipartisan, biracial alternatives. Under cross-examination by Garrard Beeney, Andino has delivered a river of evidence proving that the state’s minorities — and its poor, and its ill — will effectively be disenfranchised by the new law.
Here, for example, is the transcript from Wednesday morning’s session of the federal court trial now underway before three (largely baffled) judges. Take a few moments to read for yourself how unprepared South Carolina is to ensure, come November, that registered voters — men and women who have voted without incident before — will have their votes counted this election season. Below is my favorite passage from the morning session — but first here is a little bit of background for it.
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