I’m sure you’ve heard both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump say “the system is rigged” as they have opposed party delegate rules, but I wonder if you have heard about the other tricks up the Democrats’ sleeves.
You may recall how the Democrats were behind the disenfranchising of military voters by rejecting hundreds of ballots coming from overseas during the tight Bush-Gore election in November 2000.
In April this year, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of the Clinton’s, attempted to restore voting rights for some 200,000 felons, but the state Supreme Court ruled that McAuliffe had overstepped his clemency powers. The governor was attempting to sweeten the pot for the Democrat party in his crucial swing state.
A number of states are fighting to require voters to have a photo ID to vote, but again, the Democrats oppose it, saying it will disenfranchise black voters.
This week, U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain, an Obama appointee, struck down Michigan’s new law banning straight-ticket voting, citing in a 37-page opinion that the law would “reduce African-Americans’ opportunity to participate in the state’s political process and puts a disproportionate burden on African-Americans’ right to vote.” In effect, Drain, a black himself, is saying that blacks are seemingly unable to simply vote for each Democrat on the ballot.
While some have said the new law would unnecessarily extend the voting time for each voter, Drain did not conceal his reason for striking down the law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.
“It’s no secret that racial discrimination in the state of Michigan has had traumatic effects on education, employment and health in the African-American community,” Drain said, adding that “African-Americans are much more likely to vote Democrat than other ethnic groups, and many feel this is largely due to racially-charged political stances taken by Republicans on the local, state and national level since the post-World War II era.”
Michigan’s attorney general and secretary of state are expected to file an appeal this coming week.
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