A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.
Wayne Bertsch, who handles local and legislative races for Republicans, said he knew targeting Democrats was the goal.
“In the races I was involved in in 2008, when we started seeing the increase of turnout and the turnout operations that the Democrats were doing in early voting, it certainly sent a chill down our spines. And in 2008, it didn’t have the impact that we were afraid of. It got close, but it wasn’t the impact that they had this election cycle,” Bertsch said, referring to the fact that Democrats picked up seven legislative seats in Florida in 2012 despite the early voting limitations.
Another GOP consultant, who did not want to be named, also confirmed that influential consultants to the Republican Party of Florida were intent on beating back Democratic turnout in early voting after 2008.
Of course, Democrats have known this forever. But it’s just really amazing to me that a political party whose ideas are so obviously unpopular refuses to change its ideas, and instead decides the way to go is to steal elections by suppressing the vote. Yes, do tell me how you’ve all got huge boners for the Constitution. Last I checked, voting was in there too.
Republicans are truly horrible people. They could try being less horrible but I guess you can’t win an election that way. Or wait … that’s not it. You can’t appease the plutocrats that way. Or something. God, I just don’t get it. No one likes your ideas, so why don’t they change them? It’s just so bizarre.
Props to Wisconsin Republican Dale Schultz, who is offended and repulsed by these shenanigans going on across the country as Democrats are:
“I am not willing to defend them anymore,” he explained when show co-host Dominic Salvia asked why Republicans sought to limit the number of voting hours a municipality could offer. “I’m just not, and I’m embarrassed by this.”
Indeed, Schultz is right to be embarrassed. It’s downright embarrassing for a political party to operate this way! Schultz nailed it with his assessment of the modern GOP in Wisconsin, and his words hold true for every red state where voter suppression laws are being passed:
It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud. The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote.