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Voter Suppression And Swinging The 2012 Election For Romney

Chima Simone |
November 5, 2012 | 9:54 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

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The GOP has a longstanding record of using partisan politics to skew elections. In 2000, voters likely to support the Democrats were systematically and erroneously purged from the Florida voting rolls and then the Supreme Court halted the post-election recount resulting in George W. Bush’s victory.

The dirty tricks continued in 2004 when Ken Blackwell, the Ohio Secretary of State, engaged in a little voter disenfranchising of his own.

This year the Republican Party has used the blatant lie of “voter fraud” to try to silence voters considered detrimental to their political ambition of making Obama a one-term president. And Ohio is leading the charge as Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, works tirelessly right up to the election to swing votes in favor of Romney.

Some of his tactics include trashing provisional ballots with voter errors and restricting early voting. Husted limited the number of hours available for early voting this past weekend although a federal district court declared his efforts to suppress the vote unconstitutional. As a result, early voting lines were excruciatingly long, Huffington Post reports

Early voting in 2008 surged in the Ohio African-American population in counties like Columbus and Cleveland. That trend among minorities spread beyond the Buckeye State and is now resulting in one of the biggest attempts to reduce the turnout of minority voters, photo ID laws. 

Given their propensity to vote Democratic, the imposition of photo ID requirements has been directed disproportionately  at demobilizing this strong voting segment during the 2012 election. 

Former Strategist for Sen. John McCain's failed 2008 presidential run, Steve Schmidt, dismissed voter fraud as nonexistent. 

I think that all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years is in search of a solution to a problem, voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist when you look deeply at the question. It’s part of the mythology now in the Republican Party that there’s widespread voter fraud across the country.

Since 2000, only one case of voter impersonation has been reported for every 15 million votes cast, a recent ProPublica investigation found.

Yet the New York Times reports that Republicans are still assembling teams to intimidate voters at the polls tomorrow.

Whether their attempts to disenfranchise as many Democratic Party voters as possible will be successful or not remains to be seen, but resorting to election fraud and sabotage is not the way to a Romney win this election.

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