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We have another occasion to be reminded of dsquared’s dictum that “good ideas do not need lots of lies told about them in order to gain public acceptance.” As Weigel says about Pat McCrory’s attempts to justify his state’s new vote suppression law:

The careful viewer will notice a few things missing from this video. The governor says that the bill “includes” voter ID—which it does! That’s a bit like saying a bottle that’s half Advil and half castor oil softgels “includes Advil.” As Jim Morrill points out, McCrory doesn’t mention the “stand by your ad” provision that requires ad-buyers to disclose themselves (“I approve this message,” and so forth), kills public financing of judicial elections, and ends early voting on Sundays, which since inception have been disproportionately used by black Democrats. It would have been interesting for McCrory to tell how any of that prevents voter fraud, or counts on some kind of “commonsense” mandate. He hasn’t. It’s a little surreal for those of us old enough to remember when the Pelosi Democrats were accused of legislative tyranny for passing health care bills in reconciliation.

Ending early voting, in particular, gives away the show. There can’t even be a pretense that there’s a greater likelihood of fraud when you vote on Sunday rather than Tuesday. But there’s certainly good reason to end early voting if you’d prefer that fewer African-Americans cast votes.

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  • David Hunt

    There can’t even be a pretense that there’s a greater likelihood of fraud when you vote on Sunday rather than Tuesday.

    In fact there can be a pretense: Someone committing the vastly dangerous and common crime of voter impersonation fraud is more likely to do it earlier in the process since he needs the person that he’s impersonating to have not voted yet. Using early voting makes it more likely to succeed.

    When a defender of the NC changes was then asked why the part of early voting closer to the election instead of the earlier part, he will respond, “Look! A mouse riding a cat!” then turn and run.

    • Bill Murray

      but voters who might be impersonated also become more likely to vote early, so it’s not clear that early voting actually would make this type of voter fraud easier. Although I guess to the narrow point of not even being a pretense that is immaterial.

    • Pamoya

      If you had a scheme to commit voter fraud, no matter how early in the process you voted, as soon as the real voter shows up your fraud is exposed. Maybe this helps explain why it almost never happens.

    • John Iwaniszek

      But that doesn’t happen.

      However, Republicans themselves make big use of absentee voting to inflate their numbers and you will notice that any re-regulation of absentee voting is, uh, absent from the bill.

  • Ending early voting, in particular, gives away the show. There can’t even be a pretense that there’s a greater likelihood of fraud when you vote on Sunday rather than Tuesday. But there’s certainly good reason to end early voting if you’d prefer that fewer African-Americans cast votes.

    I would pay for a pizza party for the reporter who actually asked the governor about that.

    • John Iwaniszek

      The ‘winger press mentioned the unfairness of black churches emptying out and driving together to the polls. The racists in the R party weren’t even trying to hide their motivation to restrict sunday voting.

  • c u n d gulag

    And thanks to the Roberts SCOTUS, which created an environment in states where Republicans have control, to do whatever they can to suppress the votes of minorities.

    Sadly, it wasn’t too long ago when America was THE nation called upon by others to ensure that THEIR nations were conducting fair elections.

    Well, it’s obvious that Republicans believe that if you can’t win fair and square, then you lie like a rug, and you cheat like an unruly child.

    It would be pathetic, if the stakes weren’t so high.

  • Another Anonymous

    Anything at all in this bill “reforming” absentee voting?

    That’s pretty much the acid test for whether voting fraud is really the target.

  • Code Name Cain

    Lemieux must be one of those extreme-leftist McCrory warned about who don’t realize stopping Sunday voting is solely about preventing voter fraud. After all, because the blacks aren’t real people it is necessarily true that the blacks voting is voter fraud.

  • Pseudonym

    Okay, but wouldn’t it be the Reid Democrats who passed a health care bill in reconciliation? Or do I still not understand how Congress works?

    • Jonas

      You don’t understand how Congress works. The ACA received 60 votes in the Senate.

  • DrDick

    But you are the real racist for pointing this out and Robert Byrd!

  • Glenn

    I can’t wait for the SCOTUS opinion holding that it violates some heretofore-unarticulated constitutional principle for all states not to have equally suppressive voting laws, and impose NC’s on the rest of us.

  • Joe

    kills public financing of judicial elections

    Bad sounding too. The disclosure bit is actually good. DW tends not to be that sarcastic. Sounds like Scott L. wrote the copy.

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