Before perusing the one-time “world’s leading democracy” and its truly pathetic voter turnout record, it is worth looking back at comments from Senator Bernie Sanders that he recorded for posterity nearly ten years ago.
It appears it wasn’t just long lines and machine ‘malfunctions’ that possibly helped get Rick Scott reelected. While voting late Tuesday afternoon, Izak Pratt of Broward County noticed a poll worker giving inaccurate information to a black man who was attempting to cast his vote.
They said you all wouldn’t turnout. They said only Republicans voted in midterms. But they had no idea how angry people were. And they had no idea that y’all carry a grudge when someone comes to steal your rights.
It is a different story, though, when a white Republican is kicked of voter rolls in Arkansas that not only incited the state party’s outrage against their own vote suppression law, it drove the candidate for state attorney general who lost the right to vote into a rage.
The Supreme Court’s anti-democracy wing; Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy issued an announcement that their decision was not on the merits of the case because they had not yet heard any oral arguments defending voting restrictions. They just believed so strongly that since Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted invested such an incredible amount of time and energy to disenfranchise minority and working-class voters, and labeled his “appeal” an emergency.
Illinois Republicans are stooping particularly low with their support for a candidate who admitted she was registered to vote in two states and voted in both states during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles.
As we get closer to the mid-term election, we long for the times when preparing to vote was a matter of volunteering for a voter registration drive, working for a candidate’s campaign, familiarizing ourselves with the issues.
Republicans in North Carolina are trying to quash a subpoena for emails regarding the “rationale, purpose and implementation” of House Bill 589, aka the most egregious vote suppression law in the country.