Suppressing the vote has long been a cornerstone of the GOP’s electoral strategy. Shortly before the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, Paul Weyrich — a principal architect of today’s Republican Party — scolded evangelicals who believed in democracy. “Many of our Christians have what I call the ‘goo goo’ syndrome — good government,” said Weyrich, who co-founded Moral Majority with Jerry Falwell. “They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. . . . As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
Today, Weyrich’s vision has become a national reality. Since 2003, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, at least 2.7 million new voters have had their applications to register rejected. In addition, at least 1.6 million votes were never counted in the 2004 election — and the commission’s own data suggests that the real number could be twice as high. To purge registration rolls and discard ballots, partisan election officials used a wide range of pretexts, from “unreadability” to changes in a voter’s signature. And this year, thanks to new provisions of the Help America Vote Act, the number of discounted votes could surge even higher.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Yes, the Late Bobby Kennedy’s Son) and Greg Palast published and article in the Rolling Stones Magazine titled “Block the Vote”. It asks the of readers if the Republican’s campaign to deter new voters and discard Democratic ballots determine the next president?
Mr. Kennedy appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC a few days ago and I thought that it was a good article to share with those who may be interested.
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Rolling Stones – 10/17/08 “Block the Vote”
Steal Back Your Vote – http://www.stealbackyourvote.org/