Friday, October 27, 2006

GOP suppression drive paying off?

It appears the concerted Republican effort over the last several years (some would say decades) to intimidate minority voters or put up barriers to keep them from the polls is beginning to pay off. The NY Times:
Democrats' worries are backed up by a Pew Research Center report that found that blacks were twice as likely now than they were in 2004 to say they had little or no confidence in the voting system, rising to 29 percent from 15 percent.

And more than three times as many blacks as whites -- 29 percent versus 8 percent --say they do not believe that their vote will be accurately tallied.

Voting experts say the disillusionment is the cumulative effect of election problems in 2000 and 2004, and a reaction to new identification and voter registration laws.

Long lines and shortages of poll workers in lower-income neighborhoods in the 2004 election and widespread reports of fliers with misinformation appearing in minority areas have also had a corrosive effect on confidence, experts say.
Every one of those tactics and problems has been evidenced in Milwaukee. And the right-wing keeps up the pressure to make it even harder to vote. Eventually, if not this year, the GOP will win some close elections it should have lost because of its success at keeping minorities away from the polls. That's what the phony voting fraud charges and calls for photo IDs are all about, pure and simple.


At 11:31 PM, Blogger Troy Fullerton said...

Xoff, don't you think 'blacks are twice as likely now than they were in 2004 to say they had little or no confidence in the voting system' because the Democrats have been telling them that Republicans are trying to suppress their votes and making up stories about voter intimidation while trying to excuse voter fraud by Democrats?

At 2:31 AM, Blogger Jamakaya said...

Your readers may be interested in a recent report issued by People for the American Way that brings together a lot of the evidence of voter suppression: "The New Face of Jim Crow: Voter Suppression in America." It's at:

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

Nice try, Troy.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Whirl-Away said...

How is the photo ID idea racist?

Are you afraid that Dem numbers will drop, thus proving how much fraud there really was?

If you think pulling out a piece of plastic with your picture on it is hard, try getting to the polls with 4 flat tires.

You sure seem to assume minority voters equate to Dem votes. Someday they'll wake up and realize they're being used.

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

The Republicans know very well who minority voters support in overwhelming numbers, and it is not the GOP.

They also know that the poor, minorities, and the elderly -- all good Democratic constituencies -- are the ones least likely to have a driver's license or photo ID, or the time and wherewithal to get one. There are studies on the subject.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Whirl-Away said...

So, I guess you're fine, for now, with voter fraud.

You can find these people every 2/4 years to vote, why not help them to get an ID too?

I can see it now: "The ID-Mobile", complete with 6 figure salaries for dozens of bureaucrats.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Other Side said...

My, my my ... whirl-a-way provides a perfect example of how the McSykes brainwashing campaign is ocassionally successful.

At 7:39 AM, Blogger Whirl-Away said...

If I listen to NPR I might slip into a coma while driving.

Where do you get your news...the Sheepherd Express?


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