"GOP's hideous strategy to survive as the "white party""
"Trifecta of voter suppression, despair and gerrymandering means a plan with no new ideas. But also: No new voters!"
"Republicans like to think of themselves as the Christian party, so it never entirely made sense that they oppose what's become known as "Souls to the Polls," a big push by black churches on the Sundays before Election Day to bring worshippers directly from the pews to the polls in states with early voting. But of course they oppose it, because their love of Jesus comes second to their love of discouraging African-Americans from exercising their right to vote.
So after Wisconsin went overwhelmingly for President Obama with a strong black turnout in 2008, GOP legislators cut the number of early voting days in half, and specifically closed the polls on the Sunday before the election. But black voters struck back by shifting "Souls to the Polls" to two Sundays before Election Day in 2012. And it worked. After an inspiring Milwaukee rally outside the county building, lines to obtain ballots and then to cast them stretched down hallways and snaked around corners. For hours, every voting booth was full. Families came with tiny children, many still dressed for church. I noted at the time "it was the Obama coalition in microcosm - mostly younger whites, women and African-Americans."
Obama won the state again, this time more narrowly, thanks to continued strong African-American turnout. The Republican plan didn't work.
Now Wisconsin Republicans have done away with "Souls to the Polls" entirely. Thanks to a bill just signed by Gov. Scott Walker, there's no weekend voting in Wisconsin at all anymore, even though research shows weekend voters are younger, poorer and less white. Scratch that: It's not "even though"; it's specifically because they're younger, poorer and - especially - less white.
Three stories in the last three days brought into focus exactly how Republicans plan to tough out the demographic extinction that is eventually coming for them, if they remain a 90 percent white party in a country that will be less than half white within 25 years. One, they're doing as Wisconsin did, and ramming through voting restrictions in states controlled by Republicans. As the New York Times reported Sunday, Wisconsin is only one of nine states have made it harder to vote since Obama's re-election (18 states had already made it tougher after he won the first time, according to the Brennan Center)."
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