Monday, April 24, 2017

Georgia Is Trying To Tamper With Elections To Thwart Jon Ossoff

You know, last week when Democrat Jon Ossoff won that special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional district, resulting in a run-off between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, the White House, and the GOP, tried to play it off like it was no big deal. They tried to play it off that the 6th district would stay Republican as it had for decades and there was nothing to worry about.

Really? Then please to explain why the state of Georgia is facing a lawsuit over its efforts to block newly registered voters from voting in that upcoming run-off?

The GOP-controlled state is saying that the old rule—where you had to be registered 30 days ahead of an election to vote—is wrong, and that the new rule should be that you have to have been registered 30 days ahead of the pre-run-off election to vote in the run-off.
See what they’re trying to do? There is an increase in support for Jon Ossoff and so Georgia is trying to shift the rules so that those new voters—most likely to vote blue—cannot vote.

In America.

On Thursday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a complaint in the federal district court, arguing that Georgia is violating the National Voter Registration Act which sets 30 days before a federal election as the earliest permissible deadline for voter registration.

Ezra Rosenberg, co-director of the voting rights project at the Lawyers’ Committee, says Georgia cannot change the registration deadline for the June 20 runoff; he says Georgia’s position is like saying that to vote in a general election you have to have been registered in time for the primary, meaning that only people registered before March 20 can vote in a June 20 run-off.

But, if the registration deadline is 30 days before the run-off, Democrats and the Ossoff campaign can keep registering new voters until May 22.

It isn’t rocket science; it’s clear the Republicans in Georgia are trying to control an election and its outcome.

Who do they think they are, Russia?

5 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

Just shaking my head! sheesh!

anne marie in philly said...

muthafuckas!

Frank said...

Republicans: "Where there's a will there's a way...to cheat people out of their right to vote."

Professor Chaos said...

This is all they have anymore. They know they can't actually win a straight election, so they use gerrymandering and voter suppression to steal wins. And so far it's been working pretty well for them, especially since the Supremes gutted the Voting Rights Act.

Helen Lashbrook said...

Voter suppression and gerrymandering are becoming ever more widespread in countries governed by those on the political right