Wanna have a little fun in the closing weeks of this year’s election marathon?

The  next time you happen to meet a Republican  official, ask him or her why either is spending so much time and energy in setting up new rules to discourage certain folks from voting?  If they say they are merely trying to root out herds of fraudulent voters  and are not engaged in voter suppression, I have   a simple request:

If your Republican officials deny that their party’s sinister  efforts are not intended to win a county or state for Mitt Romney by targeting minorities and other profiled groups,  tell them for me that they are liars!  Two Republican officials, in Ohio and Pennsylvania, have already confirmed that they’ve bought into the myth of voter fraud all the way on behalf of Mitt.

Even college students are not exempt  from the GOP crusaders:  In Tennessee, students now are prohibited from using their student IDs.  In Wisconsin, students can’t use a University-issued housing list to confirm campus residence.   Etc. Etc. Etc.

Folks, this is a desperate party, devoid of any principled  ideas on how to lead the nation. No, they won’t resort to poll taxes.  That would be too obvious, don’t you think?  So we see a rise in photo ID requirements, shortened early voting hours and whatever other means to purify the electorate to steel the system against what Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler  chooses to call “serious vulnerability.”

Oh?  One problem here:  In Colorado and other states like battleground Florida,  extensive searches for “fraud”  have turned up less than one-tenth of one per cent of questionable mischief at the polls.

As the hypnotic presumption of fraud made the rounds in Ohio’s GOP hierarchy, Secretary of State Jon Husted immediately turned to another device:  curtailed early voting.   That was challenged by the Obama Administration and overturned by Federal Judge Peter Economus in Columbus.  Undaunted, the Republican team of Husted and  Attorney General Mike Dewine promptly filed an appeal to the U.S.  Appellate Court in Cincinnati, where it now resides.

But I’ve really saved the best of the resistance movement for last.

A Republican member of the Summit County Board of Elections, Ray Weber,  left his chair during a meeting this week to protest  a proposal by Democratic board member and county chairman Wayne Jones to restore early  week-end voting just prior to Election Day.  Weber said the board could not vote because “I  don’t believe you have a quorum.”

Weber was acting in the absence of board member Alex Arshinkoff, the Republican county chairman, who was in Cleveland Clinic recovering from a serious auto accident.  I have a strong hunch that he was still conducting official party business from a hospital bed.

The Summit Board, by the way, has recorded more 2-2 ties than any other  of the 88 counties,  thanks to Arshinkoff’s legendary resistance movement.

And now for the epilogue:  The office that will decide whether the board lacked a quorum since  Weber remained somewhere in the room will be decided by…yep…Husted’s camp.

Clip and save under Republican liars.

  • Dmoore

    Voter supression: The last refuge of the scoundrel.

  • David F

    I am sure if you ask why college ID’s aren’t good enough for students they will say that they are not “government ID’s”. Well then maybe the diplomas that the officials list on their resumes should be removed since they are just pieces of paper from the same institution…

  • Clairy

    Sarah Silverman says it better:
    Funny, with lots of appropriately bad language for these democracy killing laws.


  • Leota2

    Instead of trying to win on policy the GOP doesn’t mind winning any
    underhanded way they can. This makes me sick.

  • Dmoore

    MAYBE you could somehow justify this blatant cheating if republicans were the least bit capable of governing. But look what happened the last time they had control of the White House and Congress (which they would love for us to forget about). A near meltdown of the US economy and two winless wars. So all they have left are the divisive social issues that get their radical base all amped up. Reasonable people reject this stuff, just like Ohioans rejected SB5. They are still pushing the same old trickle down garbage that got us to this point to begin with. What would make them think that any indepenent voter would want a second helping of this crap?

  • Skippy3000

    So why do the overwhelming majority of Americans support voter ID laws? Why do the majority of Democrats support voter ID laws? Why do the majority of African-Americans support voter ID laws? Why has the U.S. Supreme Court upheld voter ID laws as necessary to ensure the integrity of elections? Why have blue states with Democrat controlled legislatures such as Rhode Island enacted voter ID laws?

  • I thought the conspiracy was supposed to be about minorities in the article. Instead it seems to include college students, who have a home residence from which they can vote as is my junior at The Ohio State University voting by absentee ballot from his home address. What’s the problem with that? If he turns 21, then he can establish residence in an apartment, rental, etc.. Article even admits that minorities approve of voter ID to prevent multiple voting and fraud. Also, why are the dems trying to suppress the military votes?

  • Itsobvious

    Why does the truth threaten you?

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