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.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.
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.