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Maddow: Republican voter suppression efforts are deadly serious


MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explains GOP voter suppression efforts. Photo: Screengrab via

The world needs to know what’s going on with Republicans blatantly trying to steal the election by suppressing certain groups who traditionally vote Democratic.

We tout our equality and fairness and most of all our Democracy to people around the world.   Democracy as we knew it no longer exists in this country and the GOP Big Money and The Supreme Court are to blame.

  • Most people on the Right scream about taking their country back.  It seems they want to take it back to a time when women had to use coat hangers and back alley quacks to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
  • A time where Blacks could not vote and when some counties allowed them to vote only after giving the correct answers to questions like “how many bubbles are in a bar of soap?’ or “How many jellybeans in a huge jar”?
  • A time when gays and immigrants and even Jews were treated with contempt and disdain.

That’s what these people want to go back to but Progressives and Independents see it differently…

The Raw Story

Early voting is being stabbed to death in Ohio, and Republicans are holding the knives.

On Friday night’s episode of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the MSNBC host explained that the state’s last three days of early voting, traditionally a time when churches and other urban community groups mobilize voters, have been canceled by Jon Husted, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State. And that will mean longer lines in Democratic-leaning cities come election day.

President Barack Obama’s campaign has sued to overturn Husted’s decision, which he justified to a conservative radio host by saying, “We’re not 7/11.”

As if that weren’t enough, the times for polls to be open during early voting has also turned into a partisan meltdown, with Republicans supporting extended hours and weekend voting in conservative-leaning areas, but closing them early and restricting them to just five days a week in more liberal communities.

“Each county’s election board in Ohio’s 88 counties is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats,” Maddow explained. “In counties that tend to vote for the Republican candidate, like Warren and Butler counties, where John McCain won in ’08 by big margins — in those counties, Republicans and Democrats on the elections boards are voting together to allow early voting on nights and weekends. So that means more voting in Republican counties.

“But in the counties that tend to go Democratic, like Cuyahoga and Franklin and Summit, where Barack Obama won by huge margins in 2008, the Republicans on those election boards are voting against early voting on nights and weekends. And guess who gets the break for the tie votes in those counties?”

None other than Jon Husted.

“He is personally intervening to make sure there are fewer early voting hours on nights and weekends in Democratic counties, while there are more early voting hours on nights and weekends in Republican counties,” Maddow concluded.

This video is from MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” broadcast Friday, August 10, 2012.


5 thoughts on “Maddow: Republican voter suppression efforts are deadly serious

  1. SB 1070, HB 56 and other copy-cat racist Neo Jim Crow laws.


    Lady Liberty


  2. Many humble thanks for the link.
    Voter suppression IS going to be the story out of this election. A story that the main stream press seems ignorant of.
    The two biggest failures of this Country are money in politics and a ‘free’ press that runs on and for profits before integrity.


  3. Looks like someone reshaped Maddow with a coat hanger. I am a registered Democrat and believe it is all hogwash about anyone taking women back to gfone by eras. Does this moron believe that pushing people further into a government welfare system is moving ahead into a new future for women? Does she not understand that European countries are now moving towards more private sectors to run their healtcare systems, although they will still be funded by taxes and are now in deep trouble financially? I am going to support the Tea Party and I believe medicare, welfare, social secuyrity and medicade all need to be revamped. Maddow, stop drinking from the Obama sour grapes cup and start to do research on the economy. By the way, for someone who is preaching that the GOP is taking women a step back in heathcare progress, you might look in the mirror and see that your own looks and views are very passe and ignorant of the world around you.


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