This is a good political issue for liberals and Democrats and it’s also the right thing to do. They should all be talking about it, all the time. Puts targeted voters in these states on notice, increases turnout and energy around voter registration efforts and it also makes conservatives look bad:
Contending that North Carolina’s voting bill will “restrict the ability of minorities, seniors, students, the disabled, and low and middle incomes citizens” to participate in elections, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) called on Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday to review the newly signed law.
“All American citizens deserve an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process, and North Carolina has long been a leader in the expansion of voting rights and elimination of barriers to participation in the political process,”
In a speech Monday in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton said the North Carolina measure “reads like the greatest hits of voter suppression.” A survey released Tuesday from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found 50 percent of North Carolina voters were opposed to the measure when they were told what the law will include.
Clinton said she’s worried about Texas, North Carolina and Florida. I would add Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to her list, depending on what happens in those states. I would add Ohio just as a matter of course, but we’re winning a lot of court cases here so at this point conservatives are just throwing shit at the wall to see if it sticks:
State Rep. John Becker from Ohio’s 65th House District sent out a letter requesting co-sponsors for a bill to reduce the number of days Ohioans are able to cast an early ballot.
“The purpose of this legislation is to reduce the number of days for absent voting”, writes Becker. “I believe that allowing absentee voting for 35 days before Election Day also opens the chances for voter fraud.”
Voting “opens the chances” for voter fraud. That’s their argument.
Becker’s bill, if passed, would be in direct conflict with the decision from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that forced Secretary of State John Husted to allow early voting on those same days during last year’s presidential election. The 6th Circuit decision was previously appealed by Husted and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In other voter-suppression news, Husted was thwarted again today in his attempts to suppress votes made through provisional ballots. U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley upheld an earlier ruling that local boards of election must count “votes cast provisionally when voters use the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.”
As we talked about yesterday, conservatives seek to slam the door closed on early in person voting because AA, Latino and Asian voters find early in person voting convenient.
There’s all kinds of lawsuits filed in North Carolina in both federal and state court. You can read about those here.