OPINION: More Republican shenanigans such as voter suppression tactics are manifesting themselves as we approach a new election cycle. States controlled by Republicans are doing everything they can to limit voting. Yep, they are messing around with days of voting and where voters must vote.
Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.
In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas. Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register…
In February, the Ohio legislature moved to reduce early voting by one week, do away with registering and voting on the same day prior to Election Day, and place new restrictions on absentee ballot application mailings. And a little over a week ago, the Wisconsin Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, to shorten early voting, including cutting it altogether on weekend days.
In so doing, Republicans in these states shifted their strategy away from concerns over fraud, which have proved largely unfounded, to a new rationale that suggests fairness: uniformity. Source: NY Times
The Republicans recognize that when more people vote, they tend to lean towards the Democratic Party. So, the fewer people who come out to vote, the more likely it will be that the Republican candidate will prevail. You see, when there are more restrictions on voting, Republicans fare better. Paul Weyrich, the so-called father of the right-wingnuts, said this in 1980:
“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
The fact is, you can’t apply uniformity to every locality — sparsely populated vs. more densely populated. One size doesn’t fit all. The fact is, the Republicans are trying to tip the scales in their favor by placing deliberately seeking to disadvantage demographic groups most inclined to vote for Democrats. That’s too widespread to ignore. The Republican Party is increasingly more reliant on older white voters and their methods of limiting other voters are just too transparent.
The fact that they are against expanding polling hours or simplifying the voter registration process is a deliberate attempt to make it harder for hourly workers to cast their ballots. We all know those voters tend to break towards the Democratic Party. I would urge every voter to stand up and fight.