They’ll continue to deny it, but every rational person (and apparently most judges) knows that these voter ID laws Republicans have become big fans of over the last few years are nothing more than their attempt to disenfranchise Democratic voters (usually minorities and young people) in a blatant effort to rig elections to favor the GOP.
The Government Accountability Office even published a report that proved these voter ID laws are specifically targeting voters that tend to vote Democrat. These laws aren’t just about ID’s, either; many reduce the number of polling locations and drastically cut down on early voting.
Well, a memo out of North Carolina basically proves that Republicans (at least in that state) are actively trying to shape voting laws to specifically favor the GOP.
As reported by Talking Points Memo:
On the heels of appeals court ruling that restored a week’s worth of early voting in North Carolina, the executive director of the state’s Republican Party emailed a memo to members of local elections boards urging them to push for “party line changes” that cut back on early voting hours, The News and Observer reported.
The memo, sent by NCGOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse on Sunday, said that Republican board members “should fight with all they have to promote safe and secure voting and for rules that are fair to our side.”
“Our Republican Board members should feel empowered to make legal changes to early voting plans, that are supported by Republicans,” Woodhouse wrote. “Republicans can and should make party line changes to early voting.”
Woodhouse also wrote that “Democrats are mobilizing for a fight over early voting locations and times.” He also claimed that early voting, as well as same-day registering, makes voter fraud more likely.
Going even further, he wrote an asinine excuse as to why he opposes Sunday voting, which is very popular among African-Americans.
“Many of our folks are angry and are opposed to Sunday voting for a host of reasons including respect for voter’s religious preferences, protection of our families and allowing the fine election staff a day off, rather than forcing them to work days on end without time off,” Woodhouse wrote. “Six days of voting in one week is enough. Period.”
I’m sorry, but that’s complete and total bullshit. That’s just a sleazy way to act like he cares about the people who work these polling locations, when all he’s really trying to do is cut out a day that many African-American churches have traditionally used to get black voters to the polls.
Oh, and “shockingly,” Woodhouse also opposes putting early voting sites on college campuses.
“No group of people are entitled to their own early voting site, including college students, who already have more voting options than most other citizens,” Woodhouse wrote.
It’s so blatantly obvious what’s going on here that I can’t believe people can sit there with a straight face and tell me that this isn’t the Republican party trying to rig elections.
First, in Woodhouse’s memo, he flat-out admits that he wants rules put in place that benefit Republican voters — a statement that, in and of itself, should be illegal. Voting laws should not have any sort of partisan bias nor should either party be trying to make it easier for one group of voters to vote while making it more difficult for another. That really is just another way of saying “I want us to pass laws that make it more likely Republicans win” — which is just another way to say, “We need to rig our elections.”
Then when you look at what he opposes:
- Early voting.
- Same-day registration.
- Early voting sites on college campuses.
- Sunday voting.
Those are all measures that are directly targeted at reducing the number of Democrats who participate in an election. More specifically, young people and African-Americans — two groups of voters that typically vote Democrat.
However, because Republicans are such masters at selling propaganda, they’ve convinced millions of conservatives that these laws are about nothing more than trying to “get rid of voter fraud” — which is not remotely an issue. In fact, voter fraud is so incredibly rare that even when Republicans tried to find cases of it to “prove” why we need these laws — they couldn’t find any evidence to support their propaganda.
In my opinion, this memo ends the debate: The Republican party, via these voter ID laws, is trying to rig elections by passing laws that are more favorable to Republican voters.
Which is absolutely unconstitutional.
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