Sunday, August 29, 2010

Shoutout to Digby (@digby56)

Glad that someone else cares about this:

I've written reams about rightwing voter suppression efforts over the years, and like other single subjects (like tasers) I get a fair amount of blowback from people who say "enough already, we get it." Still it's worth reminding even those in the know, if only to establish a record all over the internet that some archeologist may someday find in the virtual ether.

It's important to be aware of this especially now that we have a an energized and batshit insane right wing ready to pull out all the stops. (We've already seen their capabilities with the destruction of ACORN.) The following story from Glenn Smith who's been following this from the trenches in Texas for a long time sounds the alarm:


As I've said before, right-wing voter suppression campaigns are the most under-reported political scandal of the last 50-100 years. [...]

In other details, the suppression campaigns follow a familiar pattern: raise suspicions of widespread voter fraud. Accuse "others" of stealing elections from us (read: white people). Threaten would-be voters with criminal charges. Limit polling locations in poor and minority precincts. Distribute spurious "felon lists" that disenfranchise legal voters who happen to share a name with a felon. Staff phone banks that make election calls to minority and poor voters giving incorrect polling locations and dates. Dress up vigilantes in cop clothes to intimidate would-be voters. [...]

Read the whole thing.

Ed. note: Above blockquote has minor typos corrected.

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