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'This Is by Design': Georgia Election Disaster Condemned as Result of Deliberate GOP Voter Suppression

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/10/design-georgia-election-disaster-condemned-result-deliberate-gop-voter-suppression

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Brian Kemp: ‘Mission Accomplished’

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The Georgia Secretary of State (GOP) is claiming it is the new voter machines which are to provide a paper confirmation because they were ordered to get rid of the paperless ones–too bad they were allowed to keep Kemp though who got in via real voter fraud. Paper ballots with an international group overseeing the counting of them to ensure election integrity should take place.

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Well of course it’s voter suppression and deliberate pre-meditated sabotage of the “Land of the Free”, along with gerrymandering of districts, it’s the only way the GOP can win and “elect” despicable representatives to serve racism and the ruling class.

EVERY election its the same damn crap! Never enough voting machines, and those are overpriced junk to begin with, another scam to “justify” the lack of “too expensive” machines and voting places 3 or 4 hours or longer standing in goddamn line? WTF!?

And why isn’t there a national voting day holiday and voting-machine program, funded by the public to produce good machines in numbers needed, the same all across the nation? Greed? Vulture capitalist cronyism?. Don’t tell me the ability isn’t there, it’s just the political manipulation of voting and THAT is nearly as unacceptable as overt cop murders of people in America!

Voting should NOT be controlled by local hyper partisans but a national group, with local input, like the League of Women Voters!
Where the Hell is the National Voting Day holiday? Nowhere, just as planned - all of the mechanisms of voter suppression and intimidation and special ID and all the rest are crimes against the American people and so-called “democracy”!

Where the Hell are the protections and planning ahead - a mysterious process that always fails and is always blamed on “poll-workers” or training or some such lies in racist R’Con states, not intentional schemes by mostly the utterly corrupt and unprincipled GOPigs! ENOUGH!

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From the article:

“Mitch McConnell is blocking legislation passed by House Dems to restore the VRA.”

If progressives want to restore the Voting Rights Act, they’ll have to reduce the Senate Republicans to a minority. Defeating McConnell alone will not be enough, and electing more establishment Democrats won’t be good enough, either. Progressives need to put a progressive candidate in the Senate.

Thanks to RCV, Lisa Savage in Maine has the best chance of winning a Senate seat - the seat now occupied by Republican Susan Collins.

Lisa was recently endorsed by 125 state and national leaders, including Chris Hedges, John Kiriakou, David Swanson, Ann Wright, Kathy Kelly, Frida Berrigan, and Media Benjamin. You’ve read their essays on CommonDreams and elsewhere for many years.

Here’s the text of their endorsement letter:

Dear Friends,

We, the undersigned, are writing to you in support of Lisa Savage’s US Senate campaign in Maine against Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). The November election in Maine for that seat will be a Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) race. There will be no ‘spoiler effect’ this time.

Lisa is running as an Independent Green. In her long-time peace and climate change activism, she has specialized in linking the Pentagon’s carbon footprint and our climate crisis. She founded the Maine Natural Guard to do just that important work. As an educator, Lisa has experience as a public school teacher and former union negotiator.

In Maine, Lisa has also led efforts to convert the Bath Iron Works shipyard away from constructing lethal Naval Destroyers and toward creating sustainable technologies that help us deal with climate crisis. Lisa advocates converting to commuter rail, tidal power and other much needed systems. Studies show that such a transformation would create more jobs for people in Maine. Imagine having a national voice in the U.S. Senate calling for the entire military industrial complex to be converted – unless we do so quickly we will not succeed in dealing with our greatest threat, the threat of what we’re doing to our own environment.

Of course Lisa also strongly supports Medicare4All, erasing student debt, a $15 minimum wage and many other issues that are vital to the survival of working and poor people across the country. She’s lately spoken out against the recent massive bailouts for Wall Street under the guise of virus relief while many people have yet to receive their promised $1,200 check.

Speaking about the recent murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota, Lisa said, “People are fed up with unaccountable policing that targets Black men, women, and children and deals out injury, death, humiliation, and destruction of lives without meaningful consequences. Hundreds of thousands have rightly taken to the streets in all 50 states, including here throughout Maine. We have seen countless examples of militarized police forces instigating violence as these crowds of frustrated and angry citizens seek to peacefully assemble and express themselves, as is protected in the very first amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

We hope you will join us in doing what you can to help support Lisa’s important campaign. Rarely do we see such a vital opportunity to impact the national debate as Maine’s Senate race will be one of the most watched in the nation.

You can learn more about Lisa at her web site ~https://www.lisaformaine.org/. Many of us have donated to her campaign. We hope you will share this letter widely across your community so that others who share our deep concerns may learn more about Lisa. Twitter: @LisaforMaine Facebook: LisaforMaine

We are at a crucial moment in world history. We must work in every possible way to bring these issues to the public. We are grateful for Lisa and her team for their good work on all our behalf.

For people, planet and peace,

[Signed by 125 progressives. See the list at ~https://www.lisaformaine.org/endorsers?utm_campaign=endorsements&utm_medium=email&utm_source=lisaformaine]

You can help by contributing money and/or time at Lisa’s website: ~www.LisaforMaine.org

Progressives can win this race if everyone contributes.

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[Malfunctioning new voting machines, an insufficient number of paper ballots, too-few poll workers, polling places opening late

This proves it was deliberate suppression: Why did they not test machines way before using them? Why did they not have paper ballots available for every single Georgian? Why too few poll workers? Why did the polling places open “late”?

Are we going to trust the “investigation” into this fiasco by the GOP Secretary of State, the same party that got Kemp “elected” by real voter fraud??

Rank choice voting must be mandated and then on to more: Elimination of the elitist Electoral College, facilitation of parties outside the duopoly to have easy access to being on the ballot, publicly funded elections and campaign by outlawing dark money, and outlawing gerrymandering.

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I don’t know him personally, nor would I want to, but as a resident of this “shithole state” to paraphrase the Maroon Moron, I can assure you that Brian Kemp is a liar, a cheat, and a thief when it comes to votes.

But then, that’s the only way Republicans can win.

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Georgia will never learn, and will therefore be condemned to keep repeating the same old stupid mistakes over and over again forever. It’s too bad that, when Florida becomes ocean bottom in a few decades, it can’t take Georgia with it.

Lisa is endorsed by Chris Hedges, Medea Benjamin, John Kiriakou and other progressives; that’s good enough for me. Thanks for the info Mr. Peabody. I just sent her a donation. We must defeat Susan Collins and install a true progressive.

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I don’t think those are mistakes. Seem more like intended malfeasance.

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I can only hope that the democrats can sweep to power in both the presidency and senate and then the battle has only begun. Then progressives must pressure the corrupt democratic party to make changes to gerrymandering and voter suppression scenarios. This won’t be easy, as most dems want to maintain the status quo as much as the repukes. It will take getting in the streets in protest, like what is happening now. Biden, Pelosi, Shumer will change nothing without wholesale protests shutting down the economy.

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GOP - Greedy Old Pricks

They want it all. Lie, cheat, steal. At any costs.

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I also saw media reports stating that polling places were suffering large no-shows by staff who refused to be exposed to the corona virus.

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It’s believable and cannot blame them–why we need voting by mail. Especially after Michigan. DUH.

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Maybe you’re referring to Wisconsin.

Our Michigan Secretary of State mailed absentee ballots applications to every registered voter.
And in 2018, we passed a ballot initiative here that makes it vastly easier to vote:

~https://www.michiganradio.org/post/voters-pass-measure-make-voting-easier-including-no-reason-absentee-voting

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You gotta remember the smartest thing the Congress did was to limit the voters in this country. Out of 3 1/2 to 4 million people, 200,000 voted. And that was true for a helluva long time, and the republic would have never survived if all the dummies had voted along with the intelligent people.
Richard Nixon

Those who seek to suppress voting today are either ignorant of the history or are, as I suspect is more often the case, malevolently choosing to ignore it…

To suppress the vote is to make a mockery of democracy. And those who do so are essentially acknowledging that their policies are unpopular. If you can’t convince a majority of voters that your ideas are worthy, you try to limit the pool of voters. This reveals a certain irony: Many who are most vocal in championing a free, open, and dynamic economy are the same political factions that suppress these principles when it comes to the currency of ideas.
Dan Rather,
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

International counting, YES!

BTW, isn’t Jimmy Carter still living in Georgia?

I wonder why more people didn’t vote early or absentee ballot? Due to covid-19, all registered voters in GA received an application in the mail for an absentee ballot. It was in the news though that thousands did not receive their requested absentee ballots, so that explains that aspect of the voter suppression. But why not vote early to avoid these absurd 4 hour lines?

I agree though that a more important question is: When will we make a more serious attempt at a democracy and demand ease of voting, e.g. automatic voter registration for all, ample polling places, voting days/hours, and poll workers to avoid ANY lines, vote over the weekend and make it a holiday, and paper trails of machines and supreme integrity of elections verified by nonpartisan officials?

The current protesting represents a crisis of legitimacy in our democratic institutions especially in the executive branch.

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One would think that the corona virus and voting station shortages that create extra long lines would keep more white voters away than black or brown.
If there was any intention of fixing our voting woes we would have done so after suffering the trump experience. Pretty much nothing has changed, except for more subterfuge by republicans.
Plus it sounds like few voters here intend to vote for Biden, so another four for trump looks likely.

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