Hillary Clinton Just Completely Exposed the GOP’s Constant Efforts to Disenfranchise Voters

hillary-clinton-2016-voting-rightsThe continued attempts by Republicans to rig elections are something I wish more people would care about. While I know it’s not exactly the most exciting of topics, and most people only seem to care about voting every couple of years or so, the process by which we vote is probably the most vital aspects to the American way of life. We can talk about racism, gay rights, gun rights, war, poverty, the economy or whatever else all we want, but if our voting process becomes rigged by one party, none of it’s really going to matter because one side will have fixed the “game” in their favor.

That’s exactly what Republicans all across this country are trying to do. In many states controlled by Republican legislatures, new voting laws have been passed that do nothing but seek to disenfranchise minority voters, make it harder for young people to vote and essentially do just about everything they can to frustrate voters who tend to vote for Democrats. While Republicans claim it’s all about “preventing voter fraud,” for anyone to actually believe that is ludicrous considering voter fraud is practically non-existent.

Well, in a brilliant move, Hillary Clinton put Republicans on the defensive recently when she came out with several ideas to not only make it easier for people to vote, but to get more Americans registered. I consider it a brilliant move because:

  1. Why would anyone not trying to rig elections oppose any of her ideas?
  2. It’s going to expose these Republican candidates as members of a party that’s trying to make voting more difficult.

Well, in a series of comments that were fact-checked by Politifact, Clinton absolutely shredded several Republicans for some of the anti-voting measures they’ve supported in the past.

On probable candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker cut back early voting and signed legislation that would make it harder for college students to vote. (Mostly True)

And, as we all know, young voters tend to vote for Democrats.

On probable candidate Jeb Bush:

In Florida, when Jeb Bush was governor, state authorities conducted a deeply flawed purge of voters before the presidential election in 2000. Thankfully, in 2004 a plan to purge even more voters was headed off. (Mostly True)

Naturally, when voter rolls are purged, minorities are disproportionately impacted. And, who do minorities tend to vote for? Oh, that’s right – Democrats.

On current candidate Rick Perry:

Former Gov, Rick Perry signed a law that a federal court said was actually written with the purpose of discriminating against minority voters. (Mostly True)

Ah, yes, another Republican passing laws that target minority voters. I know, shocking, right?

On potential candidate Chris Christie:

[He} vetoed legislation to extend early voting. (Mostly True)

Nothing like opposing something that would make it easier for Americans to vote, right? To this day I’ve still never heard even a single rational reason why anyone would oppose early voting, let alone limit early voting – which is something that’s been done in a few Republican-controlled states.

But in these four comments, Clinton exposed a systematic approach by several key Republicans (and current/probable presidential candidates) who have actively pushed for laws that not only made it more difficult for Americans to vote, but nearly every one of them targeted voting demographics that don’t often vote for Republicans.

So, I would highly encourage everyone to take a little time to care about this sort of stuff more. Because if we don’t start giving this the attention it deserves, everyone on the left is going to wake up one day with a voting system that essentially hands every major election – and the power in our government – to the Republican party. If that happens, it will be too late to do anything about it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Clintoris

    This woman is a liar and most likely a criminal.How can people even consider voting for her with the deleted emails and the “donations” from foreign governments to her foundation?

    • Clintoris

      Oh and on a side note people have to show their ID’s to get into her little campaign events.The irony.

      • Jillz

        Campaign events are not elections – this candidate has every right and good reason to ensure there are no gun-toting wingnuts in her audiences.

        A REAL irony is Ted Cruz, screaming from the roof tops that background checks are not required to buy a gun, and then having a contest where he will require potential winners to pass a background check before going shooting with him.

    • Jillz

      … and Politifact is a liar, and anyone who doesn’t think the same way as this poster with the misogynous nickname is a liar. Everyone but the real liars are liars in the conservaworld!!!

    • R. Eilers

      Deleting personal emails makes her a criminal? Receiving donations to a charity makes her a criminal? Good thing you’re not a lawmaker, you would have us under sharia law

  • strayaway

    I realize that Hillary would rather have ballots handed out and turned in at union halls, La Raza meetings, and nursing homes a month ahead of time before the worst of her scandals make the news but absentee voting already allows voters the option of voting ahead of time from wherever they are. Is there any Republican state that has denied the option of absentee ballots?

    • R. Eilers


      • strayaway

        Perhaps, I didn’t look long enough but I couldn’t find an article confirming that Missouri Republicans have denied the option of absentee ballots. Could you provide a link?

        I did however find a website “Vote Missouri” belonging to Missouri’s Secretary of State claiming that “Registered Missourians who expect to be prevented from going to their polling place on Election Day may vote absentee beginning six weeks prior to an election.”

      • R. Eilers
      • strayaway

        Your link does not relate to long available traditional absentee ballots although the Missouri Secretary of State did. My point is that absentee ballots have been available for a long time and still are. Hillary knows that but is basically dishonest. Someone stationed overseas might need the six weeks the Missouri absentee ballot allows.

  • BobC

    I totally agree voting should be made as easy as possible. It’s unfortunate some Republican politicians are getting in the way. What I don’t understand is why don’t people use absentee ballots they can mail from their homes. There are no lines, and there is plenty of time to make decisions about what and who to vote for.

  • R. Eilers

    The Republican gerrymandering of districts is just as bad, you can go vote but your vote means nothing or its more ammunition to gerrymander them further

  • Wow, really? Notice how she didn’t cite a single example for any of the B.S. But hey, that’s typical for her and Liberals; toss that bomb and run away, hope it goes off and causes a stir, even though its a lie.