The GOP’s voter suppression efforts backfired spectacularly.
They “flipped a switch with the African American vote,” Chanelle Hardy, a vice president at the National Urban League said, rekindling whatever enthusiasm had waned after 2008’s historic Obama win.
“We’d been struggling for many years in our communities with how we make the argument that our parents and grandparents had handed down to us: ‘you must vote, because people fought and died for you to have the right to vote.’ It starts to become a little less motivating the further away you get away from those really visceral memories of what it took to get to the polls,” Hardy said. “But then you bring back a 35 state assault on our ability to vote and it starts getting really reminiscent. All of the things our parents were telling us and our grandparents were telling us become visceral to a new generation.”
I’m just kidding about wanting MORE voter suppression of course. If the GOP could figure out some other (ultimately impotent) ways to give the finger to every non-affluent, non-white person in the country though – I’d be thrilled.