December 26, 2007

Vote "caging" and the GOP

"The Bush-Cheney operatives sent hundreds of thousands of letters marked 'Do not forward' to voters' homes. Letters returned ('caged') were used as evidence to block these voters' right to cast a ballot on grounds they were registered at phony addresses. Who were the evil fakers? Homeless men, students on vacation and—you got to love this—American soldiers. Oh yeah: most of them are Black voters.
Why weren't these African-American voters home when the Republican letters arrived? The homeless men were on park benches, the students were on vacation—and the soldiers were overseas."

Doesn't seem very good for our Democracy. Yeah, I know. Democrats have a bad history of vote irregularities--especially in the machine politics of Daly's Chicago and others. But the Republicans seem to have learned some lessons and taken them to new professional heights lows. Vote caging, jamming phone banks, and using government agencies to secure votes, and all very effective.

When you mix that with a super-religious message, you get a real stealth campaign that can undermine the system while waving a Bible.

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