The GOP’s voter suppression tactics have gone full Looney Toons
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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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But let’s just say, hypothetically speaking, that the cord-cutting was perchance intentional by some voter-suppressing agent of anti-democracy? Then mannnn, that would be one hell of a bottom-of-the-barrel attempt. They’re really out here like cartoon villains trying to ruin the election? This is what it’s come down to? At this rate, you never know what downright diabolical hijinks to expect as Election Day nears. Keep your eyes peeled and head on a swivel for these acts of voter suppression that the Good Ol’ Party likely has up its sleeve.
1. Painting a tunnel opening onto a brick wall, with a POLLING LOCATION sign on top.
2. Dropping an anvil on every drop-off ballot box in the country.