The Alabama Senate Election is Tainted, No Matter What the Result

Alabama Elections Still Are Missing Fundamental Fairness

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No matter who you favor in today's special Senate election, if you support a democratic system you need to support fair and equal access to the polls.  

Alabama is a country mile away from that.

Or maybe you think that Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has a good reason for wanting to destroy today's ballots.

Maybe you agree with Merrill that voting is a privilege, not a right...despite what the Constitution says.

Maybe you agree with the state's decision to shutter DMV offices in predominantly black counties, merely 1 year after passing Voter ID legislation on the grounds that IDs would be readily accessible to all.  (They reversed course under the shadow of a federal civil rights investigation.)

Maybe you agree with the state's closing of polling places, even as the Alabama population has grown.

Maybe democracy just isn't for you.

 

 

The Real Agenda of Kris Kobach

NYT Profile of Trump's Anti-Voting Czar Sheds Light on the True Motivations of the Voter Fraud Alarmists

Today the New York Times ran an in depth profile of Kris Kobach. It'll give you a preview of what to expect from Trump's anti-voting commission, and we encourage you to read it. We've covered Kobach before and his failure to provide any evidence of voter fraud at scale, despite his nonstop efforts to restrict the vote in the name of preventing fraud.

For example, the NYT notes:

"Though Kobach received the authority to prosecute fraud cases after warning that voting by 'aliens' was rampant, the nine convictions he has won since 2015 have primarily been citizens 60 and over who own property in two states and were confused about voting requirements. Only one noncitizen has been convicted." 

If you've wondered why Kobach is pushing so hard to restrict the vote despite his inability to produce any evidence, the NYT article also sheds some light on his motivation.  Bottom line:  don't think for a moment that this is about preventing fraud.  It's about preventing citizens from exercising their Constitutional right to vote, so that certain politicians can keep their grip on the American power structure.  It's enraging, it's shameful, and it has to stop.