4,000 people are waiting in line to vote in Cincinnati right now. This is how long the line is. pic.twitter.com/bilpnGsrzl
— Saahil Desai (@Saahil_Desai) November 6, 2016
That’s fucking obscene. And it sucks for right now and this election. But ultimately, this will fail in the long run.
Yes, “moderate” Republican John Kasich (who I still think would have really made this election hell had he won the nomination) may shave off a couple thousand votes with this blatant voter suppression. But in the long run, it will fail.
A lot of this line is from the Ohio “Souls to Polls,” and while the Republican party’s institutional memory is about 6 hours and only if that’s convenient for them, black churches have a long, long memory. In every line, there are younger voters mixed in with grandparents and great-grandparents who were around before the VRA’s and CRA’s of the sixties. Every congregation is filled with people who were beaten, had dogs sicced on them, shot with firehoses, intimidated, and so forth, and that institutional memory is alive and well. They remember Jim Crow, they remember poll taxes, and this is just one more insult and one more assault on the dignity of the African American community, and they will note it.
And they will remember. As will the Latino community, members of which have been under assault since the first day that Trump slowly descended down an escalator and let everyone know that he thought that the path to the White House was through the 1840’s. And tey’ll remember.
So maybe Kasich and others will skim a few votes off here and there, but in the long run, they are losing minority communities for generations. As I said elsewhere, they aren’t eating their seed corn, they’re throwing it on the ground and shitting on it before setting it on fire.
Got here at 8AM. FINALLY got to vote at 2:30PM. 6.5 hrs at the polls-REFUSED to leave. My voice will NOT be silenced. Neither should yours✊? pic.twitter.com/9W4Fpl2pJi
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) November 6, 2016
We have to win in 2016, we have to win in 2018, and we have to win in 2020 to really turn the corner.
And fuck you, John Roberts.