Thursday, August 4, 2016

REMINDER: Republicans were trying to steal this election and the courts stopped them


"The most openly racist GOP nominee ever is spewing the right's most racist lies to attack voting rights

The last few weeks has seen a series of victories for voting rights like we haven't seen since 2012 — the last time the GOP tried to sway a presidential election by placing unnecessary burdens on voting.

The Nation's Ari Berman explains:

In the past 10 days, courts have issued six major decisions against GOP-backed voting restrictions in five different states.

On Friday, an array of new voting restrictions were struck down in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas. This followed rulings the previous week softening voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin and striking down Michigan's ban on straight-ticket voting. When you include a court decision in Ohio from May reinstating a week of early voting and same-day registration, anti-voting laws in six states have been blocked so far in 2016.

These victories happened to coincide with Donald Trump's sudden and pendulous drop in the polls following his poorly received Gathering of the Trumpalos and Democrats' well received convention.

Facing less than 100 days in the campaign and three debates in which he would be expected to know things that weren't on Hannity last night, Trump decided his best bet was to pull the rip cord on the race and American democracy itself.

"The whole thing with voter identification I think is really—I mean people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe," he told Bill O'Reilly.

As with birtherism, the issue that made him a racist conservative hero, Trump didn't invent the fake crisis of voter fraud."

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