GOP To Block Foreclosed Residents from Voting in Michigan
Now here's the GOP I've come to know and loathe. After that recycled Alan Keyes bullshit I was worried that this country had fallen so far that the GOP couldn't even manufacture a decent smear campaign. But I see now that other GOP fundamentals remain strong:
The chairman of the Republican Party in Macomb County Michigan, a key swing county in a key swing state, is planning to use a list of foreclosed homes to block people from voting in the upcoming election as part of the state GOP’s effort to challenge some voters on Election Day.
“We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren’t voting from those addresses,” party chairman James Carabelli told Michigan Messenger in a telephone interview earlier this week. He said the local party wanted to make sure that proper electoral procedures were followed.
State election rules allow parties to assign “election challengers” to polls to monitor the election. In addition to observing the poll workers, these volunteers can challenge the eligibility of any voter provided they “have a good reason to believe” that the person is not eligible to vote. One allowable reason is that the person is not a “true resident of the city or township.”
The GOP has found a way to make even the shitty economy work for them. And the amazing thing is that they are willing to admit it. No worry at all about any potential political price of saying something like this. But then by publicizing it, they take care of Iphie's point below, which is that many people who have been foreclosed still live in their homes and would be eligible to vote. So by announcing this now, they might be able to suppress votes by making otherwise eligible voters think they aren't eligible or, at the very least, will be hassled at the polls. What's worse, they will be hassled as someone who had their house foreclosed on, hardly something a lot of people would want brought up at a polling place in front of their neighbors.
I'm both in awe and appalled all at the same time.
I feel like VL today, RL keeps calling and I keep getting pulled back in. Bad, internet.