Supreme Court Gives Republicans Another Huge Victory in Their Attempt to Rig Elections

Antonin_Scalia_When it comes to voting, I live by a simple rule: Anyone who’s trying to make it more difficult for Americans to vote shouldn’t be trusted.

There’s no logical reason why anyone would support making voting more difficult for Americans, other than doing so because they had some kind of ulterior motive behind it. And by that I obviously mean that they’re trying to rig elections.

See, Republicans can’t outright ban people from voting. So what many Republican-controlled legislatures around the country have done is pass legislation that targets voting trends. They realized that while they can’t outright block people from voting, they can try to use loopholes that make it more difficult for certain types of people to vote.

Specially, those voters who don’t often vote for Republicans.

The most known process they’ve used to do this has been strict voter ID laws. And while those have made the headlines, its their attack on early voting that’s most alarming to me. Because there’s absolutely zero logical reason why anyone would object to early voting. Unless, of course, you’re trying to make voting more difficult hoping to rig elections.

We saw how that played out during the 2012 elections in Florida where the lines created by Rick Scott’s corrupt voting laws made national news. It’s estimated that around 200k Florida voters didn’t vote due to ridiculously long lines.

Well, the GOP just scored a huge victory in their continued attempt to fix elections. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Ohio’s new voting laws which reduce early voting times in the state can remain in place.

And take a wild guess which five justices ruled in favor of this law? That’s right, the five conservative ones.

I know, you’re shocked.

Amazing though, isn’t it? These same five justices who’ve ruled repeatedly that money somehow equals free speech, seem to have no issues with a state such as Ohio trying to restrict the rights for some people to vote.

So, according to these conservative justices, money equals speech therefore it can’t be restricted – but the average American’s voting rights can be.

Because, again, anyone who’s trying to make voting more difficult is clearly not acting in the best interests of the American voter. We already have an issue in this country where too few Americans are getting out to vote in the first place. Cutting early voting times will only increase that problem – not help it.

But Republicans really don’t care about voting rights, our civic duty or any of that cliché patriotic rhetoric. What they care about is passing these laws hoping that they’ll disenfranchise Democratic voters so that it’s easier for Republican candidates to win close races.

And as long as conservatives control the majority on the Supreme Court, most of these Republican-backed laws that are trying to disenfranchise voters will continue to be upheld.

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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