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Brazile: GOP Plans To Disenfranchise Voters

From the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, via USA Today:

Brazile: GOP’s 2012 game plan is to keep voters home

By Donna Brazile
May 17, 2011

Across America, Republican lawmakers have talked a big game about cutting budgets, but they also are seeking reductions to something much more fundamental: Americans’ voting rights. From coast to coast, the GOP is engaged in what appears to be a coordinated, expensive effort to block voters from the polls.

Which is of course illegal. In fact, the federal government spends untold millions enforcing the Voters Rights Act and other laws to prevent any such thing from happening.

Still, if Ms. Brazile does have any information about any voter disenfranchisement, she should turn it over to Mr. Holder and the Justice Department as soon as possible.

But of course she is simply making up lies to whip up the easily duped Democrat base.

The motivation is political — a cynical effort to restrict voting by traditionally Democratic-leaning Americans. In more than 30 states, GOP legislators are on the move, from a sweeping rewrite of Florida’s election laws to new rules for photo identification in Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina and more than 20 other states.

Because having some form of identification to vote is such an onerous burden. Meanwhile, you cannot even buy antihistamines in this country without presenting a valid photo ID.

But, according to the former head of the Democrat Party, protecting the sanctity of the ballot box isn’t important. Not when there are elections that need stealing.

As a result, 11% of Americans —21 million citizens of voting age who lack proper photo identification — could be turned away on Election Day. And these people tend to be most highly concentrated among people of color, the poor, the young and the old

It is such a shock that Ms. Brazile made it this far before she began race-baiting.

Of course all of her numbers are made up out of whole cloth. In the real world there is no evidence that any significant number of people has ever been turned away from voting due to lack of ID. That is why there are provisional ballots.

The Florida Legislature recently sent an overhaul of the state’s election code to Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Among other things, this bill would slash early voting from 14 days down to eight…

Somehow the country survived for hundreds of years without any "early voting" whatsoever. In fact, early voting is probably unconstitutional. Moreover, we all know why the Democrats love early voting. It gives them that much more opportunity for vote fraud.

Yet another hurdle: Voters who had moved to another county (potentially millions of people) would not be able to update their addresses at the polls on Election Day. Under the proposed law, these voters would have to cast a provisional ballot, which used to be cast when a voter’s eligibility was questioned…

In other words, Ms. Brazile would like voters to be able to change their address on election day to match any identification they might happen to have. Or whatever is on file at voter registration. Isn’t that handy?

Such ballots sometimes are not counted. Do we really want to see Florida’s 2000 election controversy replayed?

The only time provisional ballots are only not counted is when an election is a blowout. Or when they might swing an election to the Republicans.

In the states pushing for strict photo ID requirements, Republican lawmakers have argued that voter impersonators need to be stopped. Yet in Ohio or Wisconsin — two swing states where GOP legislatures are pushing for mandates — there is no record of this ever happening

What a laugh. There was massive voter fraud by ACORN in both Ohio and Wisconsin in 2008. But like most Democrats, Ms. Brazile will not let such minor details get in the way of her DNC talking points.

In the largest disconnect from their campaign rhetoric, Republicans ignore the high cost of these laws. In the four years since Indiana passed the nation’s first such requirement, it has spent more than $10 million to provide free state ID cards. The Institute for Southern Studies estimated that a similar ID law in North Carolina would cost $18 million to $25 million over three years — money that could be used to keep cops on the street or teachers in the classroom.

Notice how concerned Democrats are about saving money when it is being spent to stop vote fraud.

So these voting hurdles won’t improve the integrity of our elections, but they will change the face of the electorate.

Again with the race card.

President Obama was swept into office with overwhelming support from newly registered voters, minority voters and youth voters. I suppose it’s not a surprise, then, that heading into the 2012 election, these are the groups who will be most affected by these restrictions.

How so? These people are not vampires. They too can be photographed. But Ms. Brazile is willing to say anything. After all, fearmongering is her job.

In my career, I have felt the elation of a hard-fought, successful campaign and the crushing defeat of an equally grueling loss. I’ve learned that campaigns are about which side makes the more compelling case to the electorate. This is what makes our democracy great. What the GOP is attempting to do is change the rules of the game, leaving only their players on the field.

In other words, Democrats have always been allowed to steal elections with impunity. So it is terribly unfair to change the rules now.

Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, is a syndicated columnist, an author and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Pity her poor students.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Brazile: GOP Plans To Disenfranchise Voters”

  1. oldpuppydixie says:

    Well she might be right! If Republican party ruling elites nominate another limp-wristed RINO sell-out, voters certainly WILL stay at home. Problem is, they’ll be REPUBLICAN voters!!!

  2. Mithrandir says:


    A political flier I saw back in 2000 said, “Beware of green-jacketed Republicans at the polls who will try to block you from voting.”–yeah, I never saw any of this either did you?

    -This is a decades-old recycled page from their playbook. It’s like fashion that recycles itself every 20-30 years, they recycle their old fears, excuses, and tricks upon a new voters who haven’t heard them before.

    ROLL OUT THE EXCUSES…..our voting blocks won’t be able to vote 3-4 times on election day.

    “Yet in Ohio or Wisconsin — two swing states where GOP legislatures are pushing for mandates — there is no record of this ever happening…”
    ~We don’t know because no one is investigating! It’s like the left saying, “There are NO SCIENTIFIC STUDIES that can prove what Republicans are saying.” –That’s because you won’t fund them, the results will be ridiculed, and the scientists will be hunted down and persecuted for it.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    “This is what makes our democracy great. What the GOP is attempting to do is change the rules of the game, leaving only their players on the field.”
    How does the GOP block voters at the poll from voting?
    Last time I checked, the Black Panthers Party were (with (D) backing
    and blessings) the only ones out there ready to club and dissuade voters.
    What a biatch Ms. Bizarre is!

    • Mithrandir says:

      Isn’t this EXACTLY what you-know-who did in Chicago?

      —Kick off all opposition on the opposing ballot? –Or embarrass them out of competition? Or try to get the weakest candidate (John McCain) as the Republican nominee?

      AS USUAL, the complaints they have about other people are what THEY ARE MOST GUILTY of.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    To borrow one of Insty’s taglines: “The New Civility Bullshit (Cont’d)”

  5. Chase says:

    5 Democratic Activists Charged With Election Day Tire Slashing (Milwaukee)
    The Milwaukee Channel ^ | 1/24/05 | None Listed

    Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 9:35:11 PM by UB355

    TheMilwaukeeChannel.com 5 Democratic Activists Charged With Election Day Tire Slashing Sons Of Gwen Moore, Marvin Pratt Among Those Charges

    POSTED: 6:09 pm EST January 20, 2005 UPDATED: 12:03 pm EST January 24, 2005

    MILWAUKEE — The son of first-term U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore is among five Democratic activists charged with vandalizing some Republican vehicles meant to be used on Election Day.

    Sowande Omokunde, as well as the son of former acting Mayor Marvin Pratt and three others are each charged with a felony count of criminal damage to property.

    The five are accused of cutting the tires on some 20 vans and cars parked in a lot adjacent to a Bush campaign staging office.

  6. Right of the People says:

    “new rules for photo identification in Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina and more than 20 other states.”

    Will they take a Death Certificate as proof of citizenship?

    • untrainable says:

      Republicans ignore the high cost of these laws.
      Have you considered the higher cost of democrats being elected by illegals, the dead, and various and sundry Disney characters? Obama being elected has cost all of us far more than the cost of a valid state ID card.

      I would submit that the true legal electorate would be more than willing to pay $10M over 4 years to ensure that people who vote are legal voters. (Let’s see, $10M over 4 years, that’s $2.5M per year, divided by the population of Indiana… Indiana has a population of 6,423,113. That comes to a grand total of $0.39/ per person per year to ensure a valid election.) Laws requiring a valid photo ID at the polls make sense. Hence the liberal attitude against them.

      Liberal logic : We can rape your wallet and impose a healthcare mandate as a condition of breathing so that every illegal alien and lazy welfare degenerate in the country can have free healthcare, but to ask anyone to cough up a few dollars for a valid photo ID is an affront to everything we hold dear.

      What planet is this again? I want to go back to Earth.

    • Chase says:

      With a population of 6 million in all of Indiana, how many can possibly not have a driver’s license or student id of some kind? Only 66-70% are of voting age, so what, at most, 30k people might not have a driver’s license or identity card of some kind? (This is of course, taking the wild and wooly city of Gary into account).

      I think I would love to have that contract – $10m for 30k cards.

      I bet too the Dems already have a ready supply of blank cards available, and can tell me where to find a gross at a good price.

  7. proreason says:

    Maybe the logo of the Tea Party should be a billy club.

    That’s officially sanctioned by the Department of Racial Justice, isn’t it?

    • DoctorRock says:

      Too “Blue” – gimme a Louisville Slugger.. S&W Model 19… wait a minute – Colt 1911! Instantly recognisable, world renowned, still unsurpassed and (this’ll get ’em) semi-automatic! “God made man, but Sam Colt (or in this case, John Browing) made him equal.”
      Would anyone care to second this motion?

  8. bill says:

    This year’s lies, same as last years lies … Bet she doesn’t even know the KKK was a Democrat terror wing.

  9. JohnMG says:

    …..”Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, is a syndicated columnist, an author and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University…..”

    Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee (loser), is a syndicated columnist (that’s a wierd way of spelling communist), an author (of pulp fiction) and an adjunct (shouldn’t that be ‘ajudicated nincompoop?) professor at Georgetown University.

    Funny they should leave her charter membership in the “Liars Club Internationale” out of her stunningly blase bio.

  10. Not so fast says:

    Well as a former educator I can tell you adjunct professor is just a fancy name for substitute teacher. They love to throw it around a lot though.

  11. bobdog says:

    It’s going to take a lot more than a free meal and a carton of smokes to get me to vote Democrat this time. If they want me to vote 12 times again and run me all over town, I want some cash and a whole pile of food stamps this time.

    I’m just sayin’. And I’m tired of being called homeless. I’m an entrepreneur, dammit.

  12. Phil Byler says:

    There is a real problem of voting fraud in this country, and it needs to be remedied. Voting fraud undermines democratic governance and encourages corruption in politics. The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund has written very intelligently on this subject.

    The Democrat view, however, is that there is no such problem and that the GOP, by raising the matter, is simply trying to prevent many voters from getting into the voting booth and expressing their will. That Democrat view is expressed by Ms. Brazile. That Democrat view is a piece of political deceit.

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