We are a GOP nightmare because we vote absentee in every election and we encourage our friends to do the same. And we don’t fall prey to the GOP gaslighting campaign. Voter fraud is not the real issue, voter suppression is.
Yesterday, I never left the convenience of my home to cast my vote and never got out of my car to drop it off at the Sam Houston mail drop-off box. We should be making voting easier not harder. Republicans do not believe the results of polls and that’s fine, so let a high voter turnout be the determining factor of how people feel about a topic. If I have a question about a candidate or an issue, I have the answers at my disposal, right here at my kitchen table.
I am not for abolishing in-person voting nor am I against voter ID because it’s not the issue it was five years ago. People like Stacy Abrams formed a drive to get voters an acceptable ID in order to register to vote. After paying for the $25 birth certificate and rides to limited polling places, the hard work paid off for the presidential and two senate races but not much else. After the GOP secretary of state and other elected officials certified the votes the GOP lawmakers decided it was time to move the goalposts because they won the battles but lost the war, i.e. Trump and two senate seats.
We mustn’t concentrate on the bottled water issue and forget the real issue of long voting lines. I think MLB and corporate America were sending a message to not only Georgia but Texas and other legislative bodies enacting voter suppression laws.
I read an excellent article in Friday’s New York Times written by Nick Corasanti and Reid Epstein titled “What Georgia’s Voting Law Really Does.” They went through every detail of the 98-page voting law. These are some of the provisions you might not know about. 1. Voters will have less time to request an absentee ballot. 2. You now have to write in your driver’s license number on the ballot. 3. Mobile voting centers are now banned. 4. Reduced number of drop boxes. 5. The GOP-controlled legislature has more control over the State Election Board (Trump might have found those 11,779 votes he needed to win) because the secretary of state is removed as a voting member of the State Election Board. The legislature can now suspend county election officials. I can see the issues of writing in your driver’s license number and date of birth causing your ballot to be tossed out. There’s a reason for that. One-third of Georgian’s voted absentee and 65% of those voted for Joe Biden.
I heard a comment attributed to GOP Chairmen Allen West demanding “election integrity" to be top priority. Even during the pandemic, Texas Governor Greg Abbott fought to limit mail-in voting and county ballot drop-offs…San Antonio News Feb. 1, 2021…..Voter fraud is nearly nonexistent (except in republican minds) but voter suppression is an important part of voter integrity.
I’m a proud born and raised Texan but I wasn’t born blind. I know Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Virginia were all pre-clearance states because of their voter suppression laws and methods. I also know that we are 41st in the nation in voter participation because Texas prides itself in making it harder to vote. We refuse same-day voter registration; online voter registration and student IDs are not on the approved list.
It’s funny how moving the All-Star game from Georgia played out. Georgia was punished for enacting voter suppression laws. Major League Baseball then rewarded Denver, Colorado that has vote-by-mail for all, hundreds of drop boxes, and automatic voter registration.
I heard the decades-old fairy tale of Democrats recruiting non-citizens to vote in Texas elections. President Trump said that’s how Hillary slaughtered him in California. I seriously doubt they have ever met those people. Those people live in fear of their surroundings and yet some think they will risk it all to vote.
Anyone that knows me from the Breakfast Club knows I am passionate about seeing voter participation up to around 75%. I will admit that my Democrats are lacking in voter participation but that has improved in the last two cycles. I get pushback because many fear online registration and online voting. A few still enjoy the civic pride of voting in person but at least they vote.