GOP steps up voter-suppression efforts in swing states

THESE PEOPLE are shameless: Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls. The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote....

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Wisconsin governor doubles-down on voter-suppression

Last week, I told you HERE about Republican State Senator Dale Schultz of Wisconsin denouncing his party’s repugnant campaign of voter-suppression. And now we have THIS: Three years ago, Republican policymakers in Wisconsin, for no apparent reason, decided it was a little too easy for state residents to vote. With control of the legislature and the governor’s office, GOP officials cut early voting statewide   Yesterday, Gov. Scott Walker (R) helped finish the job, curtailing early voting even further, privately signing new restrictions...

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Republican politician in Wisconsin denounces his party’s efforts at voter-suppression

What’s this? A politician with a conscience? Yes, that seems to be the case, as we see HERE: Wisconsin state Sen. Dale Schultz [above], R-Richland Center, will not ride off quietly into the sunset. In an appearance on the Devil’s Advocate radio show last week, Schultz told hosts Mike Crute and Dominic Salvia that his party’s support for a series of election law changes was indefensible. “I am not willing to defend them anymore,” he explained when Salvia asked why Republicans sought to limit the number of voting hours a...

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Colin Powell warns fellow Republicans that their voter-suppression efforts will backfire

GOP right-wingers probably will dismiss THIS as predictable whining by a black guy: On Face the Nation this Sunday, Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, warned his fellow Republicans that the continuing push to restrict voting rights is going to “backfire” and harm the Republican Party: These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down, and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think is going to backfire, because these people are going to come out...

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Surprise! Blacks seem to have voted at a higher rate than whites in last month’s election!

Despite concerted voter-suppression efforts by Republicans aimed at blacks and certain other elements of the Democratic coalition (see HERE), there’s good evidence that it was white folks rather than African-Americans who failed to vote last month in numbers proportional to their share of the eligible electorate. Check out THIS REPORT from just the other day: Blacks voted at a higher rate this year than other minority groups and for the first time in history may also have voted at a higher rate than whites, according to a Pew Research...

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