Republican Campaign Strategy: Voter Supression

Republican Campaign Strategy:  Voter Supression
Republican Campaign Strategy: Voter Supression
The Right to Vote is one of the Most Sacred Rights Americans have
The Right to Vote is one of the Most Sacred Rights Americans have

The Right to Vote

Through various articles and amendments in the United States Constitution every American citizen over the age of 18 generally has the right to vote in elections. Generally, voting rights are determined on a state to state level. The right to vote is one of the most sacred rights held by Americans and it is generally undisputed that nothing should be done to infringe on anybody's right to vote.

But with this being a Presidential election year that by all accounts will be very close, Republicans in power across the country are taking steps with the direct intent of keeping Americans from the polls. In Florida and Ohio for example, leaders there have taken steps to keep potential Democratic votes off the voting rolls and closing polling places in Democratic areas. These facts are not in dispute but instead being boasted about.

Under the guise of trying to get rid of voter fraud, the State of Florida is trying to keep American Citizens off the voter rolls.
Under the guise of trying to get rid of voter fraud, the State of Florida is trying to keep American Citizens off the voter rolls.

Florida

Florida Governor Rick Scott has sent a list of over 2,000 names to local election boards to determine whether the names on the list represent eligible to vote or not. Many of the local election boards have found that the lists are suspect at best and are refusing to continue with the voter purge. What makes the list suspect: the fact that the list contains eligible voters on it that are most likely to vote Democratic in November.

Instead of relenting, the Governor of Florida has sued the Justice Department to continue purging voters based on the list provided by Governor Scott. The motive according to the Governor: the get rid of voter fraud. The only problem is there is no evidence that there has been any election fraud that justifies the steps taken by the Governor of Florida. But that doesn't stop the Governor. Instead, the Governor demands that the list, which contains mostly hispanic names, be purged from the list. Hmm, a group of democratic voters being blocked from voting because they might vote for President Obama. The Republican message: we don't care about the right to vote for those who won't vote Republican. And the Republican candidates are really claiming that they want a return to Constitution principles? Please.

Creating Restrictions based on Party Affiliation is un-American
Creating Restrictions based on Party Affiliation is un-American

Ohio

As un-American as the State of Florida trying to suppress democratic voters is, at least the State of Florida has tried to hide its illegal campaign strategy under the guise of trying to defend against voter fraud. Republicans in Ohio, led by the Ohio Secretary of State, are not even bothering to try hide its attempts to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

The State of Ohio allows for what is known as early voting. This is an attempt to allow voters more time to get to the polls as the one day approach tends to be very inconvenient for working people. In the counties that trend Republican, both Republicans and Democrats are in favor of keeping early voting open on nights and weekends, especially the last 3 days of early voting which is important because it occurs after Churches make a big push for voters to hit the polls. However, in counties that trend Democratic, Republicans refuse to agree thus creating a tie. Ties in these circumstances means the Secretary of State of the State of Ohio, Republican Jon Husted decides and he has decided to close Democratic leaning polling places early.

So in counties that tend to vote Democratic, such as the counties that are home to Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and Toledo, early voting hours will be limited to 8 am until 5 pm on weekdays beginning on October 1, with no voting at night or during the weekend. Yet in Republican counties, such restrictions do not exist. Restrictions for Democratic counties, no restrictions for Republican counties. Ya, nothing un-American going on there.

If to win an election you have to deny Americans the right to vote, then you are not restoring America's promise.
If to win an election you have to deny Americans the right to vote, then you are not restoring America's promise.

Really, this is your plan.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has constantly stated that he has a plan to return the United States to greatness. Is voter suppression against younger voters and minorities what he has in mind? Are ID card laws (which are new) and discriminating against anyone who shows up to the polling place with brown skin what he has in mind? These are the tactics his party is using to get him into office.

Democrats and Republicans should have no debate about this. Every citizen is entitled to vote. Period. End of story. End of debate. Any move by either party to limit a citizen's right to vote should be met with criticism and angst. Most importantly, it should not be applauded. The leaders of these tactics should not be allowed to give interviews on Fox News and be told by Sean Hannity what heroes they are. Heroes are those who have died for this Country so that everyone has the right to vote, not the ones trying to win an election by denying access to the voting booths for no reason other than they don't like who that person will vote for.

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HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

You are right on the mark, Bgpappa. The GOP were scared to death by President Obama's 2008 Presidential victory. They saw the demographics were against them so they have adopted these undemocratic and un-American actions. They should be ashamed of themselves but all they care about is electoral victory. They call themselves Patriots but they have no idea of what that term means or entails.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally agree HSchneider. Thanks for stopping by.


Charles Hilton 4 years ago

It's a sad state of affairs and I have grave concerns for the future of this country---the rich and powerful will be better-off than ever; it's the citizenry I fear for.

The Republican Party is behaving like the mafia and is bullying the working-class in the name of 'freedom.'


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Agreed. Thanks for stopping by.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I am pretty sure that voter fraud is rare enough not to bother with all the hoopla recently brought up by certain groups. I remember years ago, when they started yammering about voter fraud in my town, they pointed out the suspicious names of some voters. Names like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. I wondered - what is so odd about naming a child after a founding father?


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I have read that more people get him by lightening than the amount of voter fraud that occurs, by a very large margin. I looked into it because voter fraud shouldn't be allowed, but voter fraud isn't what these guys are trying to curb. It people voting for democrats. That is a problem.

Thanks for stopping by.


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

There isn't a damn thing that Republican's have spent their time or energy on in the last 4 years that's been useful or needed by the majority of citizens.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Ginger, while I agree with your sentiment, and I agree the leadership of the Republican Party certainly hasn't done anything to help, we all must careful not to paint to broad a brush. Ordinary citizens who are Republicans do things to help people everyday and we, including and especially me, have to remember that.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

They've become absolutely shameless about it. But people see it for what it is and are pushing back.

Ohio update. Having been resoundingly called out on the R-county/D-county discrepancies, they have now determined not to allow early voting for ANY counties. Yeah, that's the "fair" solution.*rolleyes.*

However, given the latest polling numbers, with Romney getting ZERO percent of the African American vote and losing 2:1 the Latino vote, I suspect the GOP swing state voter disenfranchisement efforts will double down rather than let up.

The good news, at least, they're being watched.

Great hub.

And your last comment is also a good reminder. This is NOT ordinary citizen Republicans. This is an extreme faction of the party. Maybe time for the TP to declare as a separate third party so "normal" Rs can feel proud again. MM


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Great points MM. Thanks for stopping by.


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

I'm speaking Republican Party bgpappa not ordinary citizens. They have done great things securing tax breaks for millionaires in the last 4 years though!

But when you say the Republican Party and Republican's get offended...I need to worry about offending their delicate sensibilities? If they don't agree with the crazies that are ruining "their party"they need to quit enabling them and quit supporting them. It's the only way they are going to get rid of them and return their party to moderates & sane people. Just how long are we supposed to give them a pass by the way?


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally agree with you. If rank and file Republicans don't agree with the Todd Akins, Sarah Palins and Rush Limbaughs that lead their party, they need to say so with their votes. Of course, here is where the money comes in. Foster Friess believes birth control is a women "keeping an aspirin" between her legs. His voice counts millions times more than than Millions of ordinary citizens. That is a huge problem.


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adjkp25 4 years ago from Northern California

The lack of furor over this issues puzzles me. This issue should be on the front page of every newspaper and the lead story on all of the news programs.

Politics can be a slimy business but taking away someone's right to vote is sick, sad and pathetic.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally agree with you adjkp25. Thanks for reading.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Just watched the season finale of "The Newsroom" which covered this very issue (among other timely and appropriate TP busting). Called voter suppression laws "a solution in search of a problem" and cited a total of 86 documented cases which would mean something like 0.0004% of all voters.

If the "lamestream" media is so left-leaning, why are we NOT inundated with this???


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally agree Mighty Mom. The Speaker of the House said yesterday he hopes "they" stay home, referring to minorities. Media isn't doing their job. Of course, Democrats are doing nothing as well. This should be an outrage, instead, nothing.

Thanks for reading.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

That is strange, why isn't the media doing anything about this? Or why isn't Obama doing anything about this? Very strange.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Well the Obama Justice Department has filed lawsuits to stop these efforts. I saw something about it on Rachel Maddow. But that is it. I don't know why they aren't pointing it out more. Wish they would.

Thanks for reading.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Maybe it's all a smokescreen. Part of the master game?


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Maybe. Of course, fundamental rights are not a game. They are what soldiers die for and that should be taken seriously. But maybe, and that is wrong, whomever is trying to play.


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sapphire99336 4 years ago from Kennewick, WA

At least some of these laws which amount to voter suppression are being challenged and in some cases struck down in court. A Texas voter ID law was struck down by a federal court, and a federal panel of three judges struck down Florida's attempt to shorten the amount of early voting days, for example. Also struck down in Florida were some overly restrictive requirements on registering voters. So there has been some good news. But we need to take this very seriously. It's like you said; American citizens have the right to vote, period, whether those in power or wanting power will like what they have to say or not.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

That is good news Sapphire. But where is the outrage? Remember when Acorn was registering voters and the right went nuts? Everyone should be outraged, but it appears only a few are


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sapphire99336 4 years ago from Kennewick, WA

Yes, I do remember that. I don't know why more people aren't outraged. Apathy maybe? Maybe they don't understand how big a threat voter suppression really is, or maybe they don't understand that voter fraud is a made-up problem. I'm not sure, but everyone should be very outraged.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I was thinking, maybe its because people think it can't happen to them. But I don't know. All I can do is write my little articles about it.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

It is being promoted as "sensible." Why WOULDN'T it be reasonable to need an ID to vote? We need IDs for all kinds of other things. If you have a government issued ID you may figure "What's the big deal?" The average person may not think (may be incapable of thinking) beyond their own experience.

I hate to sound paranoid, but I'm not at all sure I trust "them" not to game the system in other ways. If they can't stop minorities from voting, then they can miscount the votes. Or "lose" votes. Or throw votes out (hanging chads, anyone?). With the huge amount of money at their disposal, I shudder to think what they might buy besides airtime to spread lies.

Voter suppression is wrong.

Citizens United is downright EVIL!


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally agree with you Mighty Mom. Its not just an ID, which is you don't drive you don't necessarily have. Its closing polling places early in minority neighborhoods and keeping them open later in other neighborhoods. Its making people feel unwelcome when they come into a polling place. Nobody wants voter fraud. But their plan to fix a problem that doesn't really exist that directly affects a large block of voters, and the fact that voter supression was a huge problem in Florida in past elections, is what makes this disgusting.


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sapphire99336 4 years ago from Kennewick, WA

Good points, Mighty Mom. Voter ID sounds so reasonable, but it really isn't. I'm worried about the system being gamed in other ways too.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Totally Agree

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