Saturday, July 30, 2011

College GOP hogged vans to keep students from voting

So when are the indictments gonna come?

It's now been revealed that the College Republicans chapter at the University of Maine at Farmington suppressed the vote in the 2010 election. The group reserved university vans on Election Day and then parked them in a Wal-Mart lot so they couldn't be used to take students to the polls.

Who is claiming this? Why, the chairman of the Maine Republican Party is! Maine GOP head Charlie Webster bragged to the press that the college GOP goon squad misused the vans. "Guess what happened in 2010?" Webster gloated to a newspaper. "The buses didn't run on Election Day because we had the College Republicans reserve them early and on Election Day we took them over and parked them in the Wal-Mart parking lot."

Meanwhile, Webster is suppressing the vote himself by gathering lists of college students who voted in Maine and demanding that the Maine Secretary of State investigate them for voter fraud just because they voted. This despite the fact that the Symm v. United States ruling and other federal laws give students the right to vote where they attend school.

You know something? All the Democrats need to do in the next election is run on the fact the Republicans regularly suppress the vote, and they've probably won. Not like it matters, as long as they keep compromising with the GOP on everything else - but that's another story.

It's also telling that Kentucky became more Republican right after The Media launched a crusade that ended the practice of transporting folks to polls in Democratic areas. This campaign, however, was not targeted at right-wing churches transporting voters. So we need to hold The Media responsible for its share of vote suppression.


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