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The Success of Vote Suppression

[ 27 ] January 26, 2013 |


The long Election Day lines around Florida may have turned away more than 200,000 frustrated would-be voters who gave up and went home before they cast ballots — or else saw the lines and elected not to join them.

Analyzing data compiled by the Orlando Sentinel, Ohio State University professor Theodore Allen estimated last week that at least 201,000 voters likely gave up in frustration on Nov. 6, based on research Allen has been doing on voter behavior.

His preliminary conclusion was based on the Sentinel’s analysis of voter patterns and precinct-closing times in Florida’s 25 largest counties, home to 86 percent of the state’s 11.9 million registered voters.

“My gut is telling me that the real number [of voters] deterred is likely higher,” Allen said. “You make people wait longer, they are less likely to vote.”

You may remember this issue as one of the things that Michael Gerson got very offended about. I’m sure Gov. Luthor will have this all taken care of by 2016, then. And I’m sure Gerson will write about it!


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  1. TT says:

    This is all to the good according to George Will, because if we allow too many Democratspeople to vote then, you know, Hitler!

  2. Chilling indeed. This is not democracy.

  3. DocAmazing says:

    Since the DoJ is not busy pursuing financial crime, might this not be the sort of thing they would be interested in?

  4. DrDick says:

    Our Republican dominated legislature is trying to do the same thing here in Montana.

  5. Johnny Sack says:

    Rick Scott is going to get Corzine’d by a Democratic Christie. He’ll be a megarich one-term governor from the state’s majority party who alienates everyone in his own party, and no one likes.

  6. In my view, this all goes back to the Clinton years. The right-wingers who took over the Republican Party realized, step by step, that they could disregard the unwritten rules. They kept the Whitewater thing going, despite there being no evidence of any wrong-doing by the Clintons, until some wrong-doing turned up. It wasn’t really a crime, but they impeached him anyway. Then, they ruled that we should not count the votes. Then, in Texas, the re-drew the districts. Similar events have continued. The whole voter ID movement.

    The thing is, the realized that their own supporters will accept anything but losing, that the general public either does not care or believes “both sides do it,” and the corporate press/media will never never never call their anti-democracy campaign what it is.

    This is why beating them in elections is more important than winning any particular policy debate. They have to lose until their movement dies.

  7. MikeJake says:

    I voted in Columbus, Ohio in 2004 in the near off-campus area between Ohio State and downtown. I made it to my polling place after work at around 6:00 PM. I had to wait about an hour and a half in line to vote, an hour of which was outside in the cold rain. I have no doubt that a not insignificant number of people who came to vote after work saw that line and said to hell with it.

  8. jefft452 says:

    “The long Election Day lines around Florida may have turned away more than 200,000 frustrated would-be voters who gave up and went home before they cast ballots — or else saw the lines and elected not to join them.”

    … And yet they still lost

    • That they lost does nothing to reduce my outraged objection to voter suppression.

      It seems to me that the Democratic Party, nationally and especially on state & local level, have to make this a major issue. Have to.

      I don’t want to depend on the courts to hold down the Republicans.

  9. cwolf says:

    A Jack Dupp Prod.

    • From your entry:

      But overall, there have been improvements in the voting experience for overseas military and citizen voters since the passage of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act in 2009.

      Who controlled the Congress in 2009?

      Republicans try to make voting harder for populations that are expected to vote against them. Democrats try to make it easier.

      There is one party in this country that values democracy.

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