Newsflash: Voter ID intended to suppress minority votes

I know, you’re shocked.  Shocked!  Anyway, nice piece of reporting in the Palm Beach Post (reminds me of happy times visiting my grandparents in N. Palm Beach many, many years ago) about how the former state GOP chair and former Republican governor Charlie Crist (both admitted apostates now, of course) claim that the intent of voter ID and reducing early voting were always to reduce Democratic turnout:

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

“They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.” …

Another GOP consultant, who did not want to be named, also confirmed that influential consultants to the Republican Party of Florida were intent on beating back Democratic turnout in early voting after 2008…

In 2011 Republicans, who had super majorities in both chambers of the legislature, passed HB 1355, which curtailed early voting days from 14 to eight; greatly proscribed the activities of voter registration organizations like the League of Women Voters; and made it harder for voters who had changed counties since the last election to cast ballots, a move that affected minorities proportionately more than whites. The League and others challenged the law in court, and a federal judge threw out most of the provisions related to voter registration organizations.

And plenty of more.  In all fairness, the article quotes a number of Florida Republicans claiming that, no, really, it was about preventing voter fraud.  They’re lying, of course.

Alas, as my friend who posted this to FB pointed out, we’re sure to see some version of this in NC now that we’ve got unified Republican control.  Early voting (importantly, combined with same-day registration) has clearly done wonders to boost electoral participation in North Carolina.  Would be a real shame to see the Republicans turn the clock back on that.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Newsflash: Voter ID intended to suppress minority votes

  1. Mike from Canada says:

    Your right. I’m shocked to the core.

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