SHOCKING: Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Suppress Democratic Votes

The NY Times:

Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly after Election Day, 18 percent of Democrats said they waited at least a half-hour to vote, compared with 11 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans.

Wait — it gets better:

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis determined that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites. Florida had the nation’s longest lines, at 45 minutes, followed by the District of Columbia, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia, according to Charles Stewart III, the political science professor who conducted the analysis.

A separate analysis, by an Ohio State University professor and The Orlando Sentinel, concluded that more than 200,000 voters in Florida “gave up in frustration” without voting.

“When I got there, the line was around the building,” said Jonathan Piccolo, 33, who said he had waited nearly eight hours to cast a ballot in Miami-Dade County the Monday before Election Day.

“It’s one of the most sacred rights you have,” Mr. Piccolo added. “They should make it as painless as possible.”

Features, not bugs, kids. Democracy is apparently a major impediment to Real America.

Update: A reminder from comments that voter suppression tactics are a burgeoning export market for Uncle Sam.

The US Department of Justice Under President George W. Bush: This Close to Being a Socialist 5th Column (SHRIEK!)

by matttbastrard

Stay classy, Megyn Kelly (and clueless):

KELLY: But, I’ll tell you what I think, so far is the most amazing lawyer story coming out of election ‘08 and that is the Department of Justice, which normally sends not just poll observers, but also criminal prosecutors to certain battleground key polling areas. Just in case there’s nonsense, right?

MILLER: Mmm hmm.

KELLY: Met with this liberal group of activists and two weeks later — and the Department of Justice, you may or may not know, leans left — made a decision after meeting with these liberals not to send those criminal prosecutors now. So, if there’s some sort of criminal behavior at the polls, good luck trying to find a prosecutor to complain to.

MILLER: That is unbelievable.

“Unbelievable”? Indeed. As Think Progress notes:

If there is the “criminal behavior” at the polls that Kelly is so worried about, there will be plenty of resources for voters. Republicans and Democrats are deploying thousands of lawyers across the country to monitor the polls. Both the Justice Department and the Election Protection Coalition have also set up hotlines to help voters.

Plus, Kelly seems to be unfairly dismissing all the hard goddamned work John Ashcroft and Monica Goodling put into making the Justice Department more *ahem* fair and balanced:

A 1995 graduate of Messiah College, an evangelical Christian school, and a 1999 graduate of Pat Robertson’s Regent University Law School, Goodling is an improbable character for a political scandal. Her chief claim to professional fame appears to have been loyalty to the president and to the process of reshaping the Justice Department in his image (and, thus, His image). A former career official there told The Washington Post that Goodling “forced many very talented career people out of main Justice so she could replace them with junior people that were either loyal to the administration or would score her some points.” And as she rose at Justice, a former classmate said, Goodling “developed a very positive reputation for people coming from Christian schools into Washington looking for employment in government, always ready to offer encouragement and be a sounding board.”

[…]

One of Ashcroft’s most profound changes was to the Civil Rights Division, started in 1957 to fight racial discrimination in voting. Under Ashcroft, career lawyers were systematically fired or forced out and replaced by members of conservative or Christian groups or folks with no civil rights experience. In the five years after 2001, the Civil Rights Division brought no voting cases — and only one employment case — on behalf of an African American. Instead, the division took up the “civil rights” abuses of reverse discrimination — claims of voter fraud or discrimination against Christians.

And yet despite all that effort, Kelly still has the nerve to complain that the DoJ “leans left.”  Sheesh. Some people are just impossible to please.

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