Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trump's voter fraud tweet part of an assault on voting rights.

Trump's voter fraud tweet part of an assault on voting rights.

Over the past 16 years, Republicans have peddled the myth of widespread voter fraud to justify draconian restrictions on the franchise. Stringent voter ID laws, cuts to early voting, and rigid rules allowing the baseless disqualification of absentee ballots have become commonplace in states like Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Texas, where Republicans have seized total control of the government. So far, however, the GOP’s push to curtail suffrage has floundered on the national level. The George W. Bush administration spent years searching for actual instances of voter fraud as pretext for a national voter ID bill, but failed miserably just in time for Democrats to recapture the Senate in 2006. Since then, Democrats have consistently blocked federal efforts to make voting harder, even as the attack on voting rights became, quite literally, the Republican party line.

  

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