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The Voting Rights Act is Obsolete in Colorblind America

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2012

Dara Kam and John Lantigua, Palm Beach Post:

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says …“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” … “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

“They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”

The GOP will say that they wanted to exclude Democrats and didn’t care what color of skin they had, that they’re criminals but not racist crininals

I’ll give odds that white Democratic precincts didn’t have lines anywhere near as long as African American or (non-Cuban) Hispanic ones.

(oh… the title of the post is ironic, in case that wasn’t clear)

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3 Responses to “The Voting Rights Act is Obsolete in Colorblind America”

  1. Both Greer and Charlie Crist have now said flat-out that this was done to keep non-whites (and that includes any Latinos not from Cuba) out of the voting booths:

    Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

    The Florida GOP was able to kinda-sorta laugh this off when it was just Jim Greer — who is under indictment and likely looking to settle some inter-party scores before he goes to the pokey — saying this. But with Charlie Crist, arguably the state’s most popular Republican politician of the past twenty years, joining him, the FL GOP’s laughter rings a bit more hollow now.

    • Charles II said

      I just do not understand what it takes to get the Department of Justice to act.

      • Stormcrow said

        Barack Obama is the person who is ultimately responsible for the policies of DOJ. He dictates policy to Eric Holder, and it’s Holder’s job to see that it get implemented. Otherwise, he’s history.

        So the answer to your question follows as a very easy corollary.

        It takes a different President.

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