Here we go again.
by catastrophile, Sun Jul 13, 2008 at 11:31:24 AM EDT
Hey folks, just wanted to put something out there because, though I haven't been on top of things for the last couple of years, I've been doing my best to keep up with the blogosphere via my trusty RSS aggregator, and I'm extremely disappointed that the Dems appear to have taken their eyes off the ball yet again, and going into the fourth election cycle since the 2000 swindle, it seems that, once again, nobody's talking about vote suppression. At least, nobody on the blogs I'm following.
I know, I know, everybody's sick and tired of hearing about how past elections were stolen. Fine, I'll just pretend that GWB actually won the last two Presidential elections fair and square, and speak hypothetically about what desperate and corrupt state party operatives might resort to rather than submit to the will of the people.
I'm just going to rattle off a few possibilities, and encourage people to start thinking about them now, rather than waiting until November 5th.
Illegally kicking people off the voter rolls, pure and simple. Where Reeps are in control of the election apparatus, they have the capacity to remove legitimate voters from the lists, and make the notification and reinstatement processes frustrating and obscure -- all to suppress turnout. By the time the crime is discovered, the election is done, and there's no do-over.
Even where Reeps don't have the capacity to just delete voters, they can create problems by mounting challenges to individual voter registrations: sending postcards to registered voters, and challenging the registration of any postcard that bounces back for any reason.
Running "GOtV" drives, but conveniently "losing" the registration forms of people who register as Dems, so they think they're signed up when they're really not.
There are all manner of tactics to hold up the voting process and create long lines at selected precincts, causing people to give up and leave, either out of simple frustration or a need to, y'know, get to work. This can be done at any level: election officials not alloting enough machines, poll workers dragging feet, individual or organized activists creating disruptions of any sort to hold up the process.
Suppression by misinformation or intimidation, i.e. spreading false information about polling places, times, and dates, or suggesting to voters that they may be subject to arrest, harassment, or other problems as a consequence of turning out to vote.
I certainly realize that none of this $#!+ is new to anybody here, but my heart sinks when I see everybody all caught up in polls and the media and other such nonsense, and the basics are so neglected. Anybody who doesn't realize that suppression is going to be central to the Reep ground game is in for a severe shock. This needs to be addressed in advance, not after the fact, not on November 4th.
If you're counting on a surge of voter turnout, you damn well better be inoculating the voting public against suppression. People need to go to the polls prepared to fight for their right to vote, and they also need to make sure before the fact (as in, now) that they're on the rolls, that they know where to go, that they'll have time to wait, and that they know their rights.
Yes, July is the time to talk about this. And August, and September, and October. The Reeps have given 8 years' notice of what to expect this time around, and somehow it still hasn't registered.
Okay, vented. You can go back to dreaming about a Senate supermajority now.