Voter Suppression and Democratic Expression
We live in a very Republican subdivision in a very Republican county. Prominent in the local political folklore is the fact that, in 1964, in the midst of the Johnson landslide, ours was the only Ohio county that went for Goldwater by a double-digit margin. (I assume it is a fact, but I have never confirmed it. It could be one of those assertions that is repeated so often that it becomes “fact.”) When we moved here for my job, I noticed immediately that, in many elections, the Democrats don’t even field candidates.
In 2008, we and our next-door neighbors (a happy coincidence) were the only Democrats for blocks–or at least the only Democrats willing to announce themselves as such by putting Obama-Biden signs on their front yards.
But in the space of a single week, we each had three Obama-Biden signs stolen from our lawns–until the neighbor, a pie-fitter…
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