On March 22, 2016, Arizona gave us the first glimpse into how Republicans plan to illegally manipulate the November elections. By closing most of the polling places to “save money” and forcing people to spend several hours standing in line to vote, tens of thousands (if not more) of people were denied their rights. But, not content to just create an artificial delay, Republicans also literally stopped people from voting by “accidentally” losing or altering their voter registration information. Specifically, DEMOCRATIC voter registration information.
On Monday, hearings into the widespread “problems” with the primary election revealed an odd coincidence: the “glitches” somehow only seemed to affect Democratic voters:
[Dianne] Post, an attorney, testified that a machine she was using to check in voters at a Maricopa County location failed to give 36 people the proper ballot.
“Every single time it happened to me it was a Democratic voter who wasn’t able to access a Democratic ballot,” she said.
As of this writing, no Republican voters have come forth to complain. It’s possible that it’s just a coincidence but it’s also possible that the Koch brothers will voluntarily give all of their workers a pension plan they can retire on. Would you bet a penny on it? I know I wouldn’t.
There’s been repeated claims that Hillary Clinton and the DNC are involved in the recurring instances of voter suppression in this primary election but, somehow, the fingerprints left behind are all Republican, including the removal of 120,000 voters in Brooklyn.
I think it’s blindingly obvious that the Republican Party is getting ready to pull out all the stops to manipulate the November election. It won’t be enough to put Donald Trump or Ted Cruz in the White House but it will surely be enough to keep hundreds of state legislature seats red, maybe a few House seats in contested districts and possibly a Senate seat or two, enough to retain control of the Senate.
Between Voter ID laws, cutting both voting hours and polling places in minority neighborhoods and outright election rigging, we are witnessing the death throes of a party desperate to retain power at all costs. The more desperate they get, the more they’re going to tamper with our vote unless we hold them accountable.
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