It has long been suspected that the GOP lawmakers, particularly in states such as Florida, are actively attempting to make laws to suppress the votes of typically liberal voting blocks, such as African-Americans, young people, and Latinos. This has usually been done in the form of rushed laws requiring voters to have not just voter registration cards, but state-issued photo ID’s as well. Many of those targeted may have a difficult time obtaining the necessary materials and documents to get said photo ID’s, thus being unable to vote. This intentional suppression of votes has been going on for quite some time, and we have followed it closely here at Veracity Stew. The Stew reported on this issue earlier this month, and here we are again, with more evidence that it is happening. The GOP has denied that this is a deliberate effort to suppress the votes of certain segments of the population, but now former Florida Party Chairman Jim Greer says otherwise.
According to an article on Salon.com, Greer revealed that there have been systematic efforts in the Florida Republican Party to suppress voters most likely to vote liberal, particularly African Americans.
In a deposition recently released to the press, Greer made reference to a party meeting in December 2009.
“I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,” he said, according to an article in the Tampa Bay Times. Greer also added that Florida GOP officials said that “minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party,” according to the Associated Press.
Liberals have long suspected a systematic suppression of liberal votes going on in Florida, ever since the George W. Bush vs. Al Gore Presidential race controversy in 2000, and here is evidence that those suspicions were correct. Florida has been under the microscope with regards to this and other issues for quite some time, and Governor Rick Scott is currently under investigation by the US Justice Department, and is under fire from civil rights groups, some of whom claim as many as 87% of voters purged from the Florida rolls recently have been people of color.
Even former GOP Florida Governor Charlie Crist has weighed in on the voting problems in the Sunshine State with an Op- Ed in The Washington Post, roundly criticizing the current voter purge.
Including as many Americans as possible in our electoral process is the spirit of our country. It is why we have expanded rights to women and minorities but never legislated them away, and why we have lowered the voting age but never raised it. Cynical efforts at voter suppression are driven by an un-American desire to exclude as many people and silence as many voices as possible,” he said.
I have to agree with former Governor Crist. Whether or not the now-disgraced former Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer has something to gain by blowing the whistle on his party or not is irrelevant at this point. It is becoming clear that the Republican Party is outright attempting to steal elections through voter suppression, and, yes, as former Governor Crist says, that is un-American.