Ohio GOP Rep Accused of Deliberately Keeping Black Voters from the Polls
A member of the Ohio GOP was caught making remarks that will likely get him into trouble and paint his party in an embarrassing light. Doug Preisse, Chairman of the Republican Party of Franklin County in Ohio (the county that contains the large city of Columbus) made comments that made some feel that he has a bias against black voters.
Ohio Secretary of State John Husted recently decided to cut early voting on nights and weekends, causing concern about voter turnout in minority communities. In an email to the Columbus dispatch, Preisse said that the turnout of minority voters is not a high priority of his office:
“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine. Let’s be fair and reasonable,” he said.
He then literally said that charges levied against him for bias against minorities are “bullsh*t.”
The move to get rid of weekend and evening voters is a huge one. In 2008, 28 percent of early voters in Franklin County votes during nights or weekends. Minorities were also more likely to engage in early voting. It’s clear that the Republican Party doesn’t want everyone to show up to the polls. By reducing the ease with which millions of Americans can cast ballots, they are accused of working to impede the Democratic process to give the Republican Party an advantage.
With decisions like this one, it’s hard to argue to the contrary
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