Friday, February 18, 2011

Republicans Push to Overturn Voting Rights

Not that the title of this post is any surprise. But Republicans have become increasingly brazen in their attempts to disfranchise groups that don't vote for them--people of color and the young. They aren't even really trying to hide this anymore. Take the New Hampshire Republican Party, who are pushing a measure that would ban young people from voting in their college towns unless they have lived there in the past or can somehow prove that they intend on staying in town after they graduate (how this would actually work is a whole other question). The New Hampshire Speaker of the House:

He said students in college towns register to vote on Election Day "and are basically doing what I did when I was a kid and foolish, voting as a liberal.
"That's what kids do," he said. "They don't have life experience and they just vote their feelings. And they've taken away the town's ability to govern themselves. It's not fair."

It's true--it's just not fair that a town would have Democratic voters!

Next they will probably seek to overturn the 19th Amendment. After all, Republicans frequently suffer from a gender gap.