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October 15, 2004

Distort the vote

This piece by Paul Krugman in the NYT is a must-read. It describes a series of coordinated Republican operations to deny the vote to primarily Democratic (big-D) voters through abuses (and sometimes, outright felonies) of the democratic (small-d) system of voting. Here is the damning conclusion:

The important point to realize is that these abuses aren't aberrations. They're the inevitable result of a Republican Party culture in which dirty tricks that distort the vote are rewarded, not punished. It's a culture that will persist until voters - whose will still does count, if expressed strongly enough - hold that party accountable.

Krugman also mentions a forthcoming article in Harpers detailing how errors in the "felony rolls" in Florida which denied thousands of legitimate (and mostly black) voters in Florida the opportunity to vote in 2000 were largely deliberate. These errors have not been corrected. In fact "those attempting to get their votes back have been required to seek clemency for crimes committed by others, or to go through quasi-judicial proceedings to prove that they are not felons with similar names". I look forward to the article, but despair that it's not likely to make the front-page news it ought to.

Posted by david at October 15, 2004 10:24 AM | TrackBack
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