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    How the GOP’s voter suppression laws may have inadvertently cost them Florida.

    An interesting point of view

    How the GOP’s voter suppression laws may have inadvertently cost them Florida.

    The plan, coordinated by at least 150 black pastors, is called “Operation Lemonade.”

    “When the Republicans in the state passed the new voting laws, we discovered that they took away that Sunday right before the election,” says (Bishop Victor) Curry. “What we decided to do was view that as them giving us a lemon. We can be sour, we can moan and groan about it, or we can do something. We can make lemonade. The first thrust is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, and then we’re going to encourage people the entire next week.”
    It has been a common practice for black churches, particularly in the rural South, to provide transportation to polling places on the Sunday before Election Day, known as "Souls to the Polls", this has allowed poor African Americans a chance to vote without losing a day's wages as can happen when they stand in line for hours on Tuesday, the normal voting day.

    The bolded part in this next quote is why the right may have screwed up when they attempted to suppress the black vote, at least in Florida
    “I think that this whole thing is gonna backfire on ’em,” says Curry. “If they had left it alone, African-Americans may have been less excited about this election than they were about 2008.” Take the fear of disenfranchisement away and they might have been skittish about voting for a president who endorses gay marriage.
    (. . .)
    One poll, taken a year after Obama won, found that 52 percent of Republicans credited it to ACORN fraud.

    The new voter ID/voter-registration laws were supposed to fix that. In the process, they helped Democrats convince their wavering base that their ballots were in danger.
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    Re: How the GOP’s voter suppression laws may have inadvertently cost them Florida.

    Interesting post I wonder how it will play out?
    "Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".

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    Re: How the GOP’s voter suppression laws may have inadvertently cost them Florida.

    Smells of desperation.

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