Suppressing The Latino Vote

I guess the Republican Party has conceded the Hispanic vote, judging by this ad telling Latinos not to vote. The ad is running in Spanish and English.

Seems the guy behind this “don’t vote” campaign is linked to the Republican Party and his organization was once connected to a prominent Swift Boater.

I know, y’all are shocked. Well, not everyone is taking this lying down. Here’s a counter-ad explaining why Latinos should vote on November 2:

Back in 2004 when I was registering voters I’d occasionally run across African-American women who said they didn’t vote on religious grounds. The first time I heard that I was stunned. What religion preaches that people shouldn’t vote? They always said it was a “church” thing, as in, “my church doesn’t believe in that.” So these were Christians. Anyone know what church does not believe in voting? Is this a Jehova’s Witness thing? I honestly have no clue.

All I could think was: what better way to make sure people remain disempowered and oppressed than to tell them voting is against their religion?


Yet another reason to vote:

PHOENIX – Lawmakers in at least 14 states are collaborating on proposed legislation to deny U.S. citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, according to lawmakers, including the sponsor of Arizona’s 2010 law targeting illegal immigration.

Gotta love those family values! Because there’s nothing more compassionate than breaking up families.


DOJ investigating voter intimidation by Texas Tea Party group:

Harris County, the biggest county in the state, is where a Tea Party group called the King Street Patriots launched an anti-voter fraud initiative called “True the Vote,” which recruited poll watchers and amped up fears over groups like the community organizing group ACORN.

Chad Dunn, a lawyer who is representing the Texas Democratic Party, told TPMMuckraker a number of witnesses have been interviewed by Civil Rights Division lawyers already. “We’ve gotten a number of reports — quite a few out of the Houston area — that poll watchers, King Street Patriot training poll watchers, are following a voter after they’ve checked them out and stand right behind them,” Dunn said. There’s at least a dozen reports that they could confirm with witnesses, he said. “Interestingly, it’s all in the polling places in Hispanic and African-American areas,” he added.

Terry O’Rourke, the first assistant in the Harris County Attorney’s office, told TPMMuckraker that there have been allegations of poll watchers talking to voters, which they are not allowed to do, as well as hovering over voters as they are waiting to vote. He said the complaints came from Kashmere Gardens, Moody Park, Sunnyside and other predominantly minority neighborhoods of the county.

Of course. Because when brown people vote, Republicans lose.


Filed under midterm elections, voter turnout

9 responses to “Suppressing The Latino Vote

  1. >If this were any other Senate race (say the ones in New York where I vote), I might make the case that it probably doesn't matter much to working class Latinos whether the winner is a Democrat or a Republican. In either case, we can be sure that the winner will be a true believer in trickle-down economics, reducing the government deficit on the backs of Grandma and Grandpa, and continuing our imperialist occupations overseas. In New York, I don't have to vote for Wall Street pawns like Chuck Schumer or Kristen Gillibrand, I can vote for the Green Party and at least register my discontent in a viable way. In Nevada, there are no 3rd party candidates, only a gaggle of Independents who make Sharron Angle seem like a brilliant centrist. So what to do? Frankly, I think sending Harry Reid back to Searchlight (or more likely to a fat cat lobbying firm) would be better in the long run than rewarding him for his piss-poor performance in office. No matter what happens we are going to get the same ruinous policies and both parties are going to be further to the right in 2012 than they are today.

  2. >In Tennessee, where I vote, the only way I have of registering my displeasure is to not vote in certain races — like the governor's race, where the Democratic candidate is equally as bad, if not worse, than the Republican.But I am absolutely voting for my Congress Critter because the Republican who wants this seat is a gazillion times worse.

  3. >A Senator's most lasting contribution is the Supreme Court.One vote is all there is between us and re-criminalizing abortions. So even a Wall Street pro-choice hack is better than a Wall Street anti-choice hack.

  4. >These republican ads aimed at Latinos are insidious. Meg has several out. It's sickening the way they get a guy with a very cool, Mexican-American accent. The guy who did the voice for that commercial. Now there's a sell-out. Happily most latinos still identify as democrats. According to the Pew Latino Center, 65% of latinos still hold a positive view of Obama. Yahoo! Many Mexican-Americans out west consider themselves fairly conservative. That doesn't translate into republican votes. They're not stupid.

  5. >Charles D:I also live in NY (Upper Rednecistan, northwest of Syracuse.To each their own, but this:"In either case, we can be sure that the winner will be a true believer in trickle-down economics, reducing the government deficit on the backs of Grandma and Grandpa, and continuing our imperialist occupations overseas."is simply untrue. Democratic candidates/incumbents may not care nearly as much as you deem they should but the GOPeabaggers absolutely WANT to fuck us. Big difference.

  6. >Flying Junior:Here's a free bumper sticker for you:"I'm a conservative. I think deeply about electoral issues. I listen to the candidates. Then I vote, for a Democrat."

  7. >Well there is certainly no reason to be any more conservative than I am!That's some beautiful country near where you live demo. After rubbing elbows in Manhattan August 2004, my wife and I took the train to Syracuse. Picked up a rental and that's when the fun really started. Up and down the Finger Lakes, Auburn, Geneseo. Played a 100 year-old tracker organ in the Willard Chapel. Ended up at Letchworth. Found the old, unused trail down to the river valley. Uncle has a dairy farm in Montezuma, near Port Byron.

  8. >Democommie, you're west of Syracuse?Twice I've been part of the horde of cyclists going on the Erie Canal tour in July.It's a lot of fun to go ~400 miles in a week when so much of it is nearly flat tow-path.

  9. >While I can understand the occasional vote for a corporate Democrat when they face a serious threat from a Neanderthal Republican, that isn't the case most of the time. In the NY Governor's race and the two Senate races, we have corporate Dems far ahead of their Republican rivals. It is a great opportunity for voters to register their disgust by voting Green. I agree that the Republibaggers want to fuck us. They want to do it in public with the lights on. The Democrats will drug us first and sneak in our bedrooms at night to fuck us. What exactly is the difference? Democrats have had over 4 years to demonstrate to the American people that they represent the ordinary working man and not the Wall Street corporats, and they have utterly failed. Now the public mood is throw the bums out. They will lose the House and lower their majority in the Senate and then spend the next 2 years blaming the Republicans for not getting anything done so that in 2012 the voters will throw those bums out. It's a fucking circus and as long as we keep buying tickets, they'll keep playing us.