The Republicans have been making a lot of noise lately about voter fraud. The Reupblicans party of Ohio is suing the Secretary of State. McCain tried to hammer Obama with ACORN in the last debate. It has become clear to me that this noise is really a smoke screen for a systematic effort to disenfranchise new voters, poor voters, and minority voters who overwhelming support Obama.
Some alarming claims:
- On Super Tuesday, one in nine Democrats who tried to cast ballots in New Mexico found their names missing from the registration lists. [RS]
- In Florida, GOP officials created "match" rules that rejected more than 15,000 new registrants in 2006 and 2007 — nearly three-fourths of them Hispanic and black voters [RS]
- Colorado holds the record: Donetta Davidson, the Republican secretary of state, and her GOP successor oversaw the elimination of nearly one of every six of their state's voters. Bush has since appointed Davidson to the Election Assistance Commission, the federal agency created by HAVA, which provides guidance to the states on "list maintenance" methods. [RS]
What this means to me is that no matter how much Obama is ahead, he is going to need to carry a huge vote cushion on election day in order to win. As Sly and the Family Stone said back in 1967, "you're the underdog and you've gotta be twice as good."