In yet another example of Democratic-leaning Americans being targeted in a tough election year for Republicans, voters in Dodge City, Kansas are receiving notices in the mail listing the wrong polling place.
According to The Associated Press, “After moving Dodge City’s sole polling site outside city limits, county election officials sent newly registered voters an official certificate of registration that listed the wrong place to cast a ballot in the midterm election.”
The report notes that Dodge City is a place where “Hispanics now make up the majority of the population.”
The AP added, “Local election officials are now scrambling to notify newly registered voters who might be confused by its official registration notice that listed only their regular polling site — not the temporary site for the November election.”
In other words, not only did this majority Hispanic city have its polling location moved outside of city limits ahead of the November elections, but when they were sent a notice in the mail, it didn’t even list the new location.
The AP explains that activists are working quickly to get voters to the polls, despite the clear efforts to confuse them:
At the same time, voting rights activists are marshalling their resources to get Dodge City voters to the new polling place — an effort boosted by an outpouring of money and volunteers after widespread national coverage.
Kansas Director of Elections Bryan Caskey admitted that the notices were “confusing,” and said he told Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox that she needed to “inform the voters.” He added that the county is sending another notice to affected registrants.
Nearly 600 people have volunteered to come to Dodge City to give people rides to their polling place on election day, Dunlap said. The advocacy group Voto Latino is trying to provide Lyft rides to voters who need transportation. The party is also leasing vans for election day voting, canvassing in neighborhoods and advertising to inform voters of available rides.
Red state Republicans are terrified of strong Democratic challengers
All across the country, red state Republicans are taking steps to stave off strong challenges from solid Democratic opponents.
In deep-red Kansas, the governor’s race is within single digits. Confusing enough people in a majority Hispanic city into showing up at the wrong polling place could swing the election to the GOP candidate.
The same shenanigans are taking place in Georgia. As PoliticusUSA’s Jason Easley noted on Thursday, “More than 4,700 vote by mail applications have vanished in the midst of a closely contested election for governor in Georgia.”
In North Dakota, where Republicans are trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, the GOP has worked to disenfranchise tens of thousands of Native American voters.
Republicans aren’t trying to win your votes this November; they’re trying to steal them.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.