It’s a Thursday New York Times story by reporter Nick Corasaniti, set up as if to coolly analyze the state of U.S. “voting rights,” ended up the usual Times tissue of gross exaggerations and aspersions of Republican racism: “Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight.”
This battle for voting rights has transformed what used to be a solitary machine room in American democracy into a central partisan battlefield. There are huge stakes in the future American democracy.
Since the 2020 election, and spurred in large part by former President Donald J. Trump’s oft-repeated lie that a second term was stolen from him, the Republican Party has made a concerted new effort to restrict voting and give itself more power over the mechanics of casting and counting ballots.
Corasaniti thinks you should be panicking and accusing Republicans of racism, something he has experience doing.
What is the point of voting rights now?
The 2020 election saw a sea change in voting habits. Due to the pandemic many Americans chose to vote early and then by mail.
“Voting habits” implies picking from a menu of available options, when in fact many voting rules (e.g. dropping boxes) were changed in 2020 by the Pandemic excuse.
What is the purpose of Republicans?
There are two main approaches to the party’s approach. Other restrictions placed upon voting, particularly mail-based voting, and giving Republican-controlled state legislatures greater control over the administration of elections.
Republicans often tried to restrict absentee ballot drop boxes You can claim without any evidence that they are susceptible to fraud….
That’s interesting, given that the TimesIt also provided evidence regarding the possibility of vote fraud by postal mail in 2012.
Then Corasaniti really went wild, harkening back to the shameful past to suggest today’s Republican Party was pushing a slightly modified form of the anti-black racism that Democrats used to keep blacks from voting before the Civil Rights era.
These legislative initiatives are important.
These partisan gamesmanships have fuelled widespread suspicions regarding the integrity of American election results and added a level of partisanship to democratic processes that used to rely largely on routine order and good faith.
It’s hilarious — the term “intense political gamesmanship” might be used to describe liberal media coverage of this topic. This is what you get:
Some are also likely to affect voters of color disproportionately, echoing the country’s long history of racial discrimination at the polls, where Black citizens once faced barriers to voting including poll taxes, literacy tests, intimidation and impossible hurdles, like guessing the number of butter beans in a jar.
Although the restrictions may not be as severe, they could cause significant problems in densely populated, racially diverse areas. The four major counties in the heart of Atlanta, Fulton, Cobb and DeKalb, will not have more than 23 drop-off boxes for future elections. This is a decrease from the 2020 94.
And how many “drop boxes” did Georgia have in 2018? That would be zero. They were initially allowed to vote under the pandemic rules. However, they are now a regular fixture of the electoral landscape.
Like every other liberal outlet, Corasaniti quoted the Brennan Center, an unlabeled leftist group, on “significant” voting restrictions that frankly didn’t sound all that frightening, in many cases merely resetting things to where they were, way back in the dark ages of 2018:
Texas forbade balloting methods Introduced in 2020 to make voting easier during the pandemic, including drive-through polling places and 24-hour voting….
The Times reporter stated that Democrats hope their voters are passionate enough to respond to new restrictions so that large numbers of them can defeat Republicans in November. That’s the same hope as liberal journalists, who often refer to a small return to regular voting regulations as Jim Crow on steroids.