Suppress the Vote, 2013-2014 Versions–on Campus
If the GOP wants to “re-brand,” it might start by trying to win elections by attracting new voters, rather than by trying to win elections by suppressing Democratic turnout. Not only have these voter-suppression efforts ended up being counterproductive—making affected voters all the more determined to exercise their right to vote—but they have diminished the enthusiasm of moderate Republicans and Independents for the GOP and its increasingly immoderate candidates and tactics. The GOP simply cannot assert that it is the party that stands for the preservation of fundamental American rights and at the same time engage in legislative gimmicks that are very clearly intended to eliminate the right to vote for individuals in those demographic groups most likely to vote for Democrats.
In 2012, the “voter fraud” claim was used to justify much stricter voter registration requirements, but it backfired when it became clear to just about everyone that the…
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