The GOP’s voter suppression tactics have gone full Looney Toons

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6 min readOct 20, 2020

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For some, Autumn represents cool weather, pumpkin spice things, football, and the beginnings of getting your cuffing season roster in order. But every four years, when presidential elections take place and February gets an extra day, the fall means it’s voter suppression SZN for the GOP. And this election cycle, the Republicans seem to be pulling out all the stops.

In the traditionally red state of Texas — which these days resembles the purple sizzurp for which its biggest city is known — its governor decided to give each county a single ballot drop-off location. Lines for early voting in Black areas of Georgia are longer than Roots. And last but not least, Virginia fell victim to a random, totally happenstance malfunction after a fiber-optics cord was totally accidentally, oopsie-daisy cut, causing its voter registration site to crash on the last day of eligibility. What a clumsy mistake that probably had nothing to do with intentional, continued voter suppression!

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