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Thursday, October 01, 2020

A New York Times Magazine investigation, based on a review of thousands of pages of court records and interviews with more than 100 key players - lawyers, activists and current and former government officials - found an extensive effort to gain partisan advantage by aggressively promoting the false claim that voter fraud is a pervasive problem. The effort takes its most prominent form in the president's own public statements, which relentlessly promote the false notion that voter fraud is rampant.

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This story did not originate with Trump. It has its roots in Reconstruction-era efforts to suppress the votes of newly freed slaves and came roaring back to life after the passage of the Voting Rights Act. But it is reaching an apex now, as a president who lost the popular vote in 2016 and is currently trailing in the polls harnesses the reality-warping powers of social media and the resources of at least four federal agencies to undermine faith in an election he could very well lose.

Voter fraud is an adaptable fiction, and the president has tailored it to the moment. Even as the coronavirus pandemic poses a grave obstacle to his re-election, the crisis is providing him an opportunity to do what no other president has done before him: use the full force of the federal government to attack the democratic process, suppress the votes of American citizens and spread grievance and suspicion among his followers. Recently, perhaps predictably, the president has begun to suggest that because of his professed distrust in the election process, he will not agree to a peaceful transition of power.

What is past is now prologue yet again. Passing another Civil Rights Act in the next Congress is still another priority of the looming congressional Democratic majorities, legislation that will undo the damage of the Roberts Court's obliviousness to the ongoing inequality of voter access exacerbated by their own rulings.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-01 06:50 AM | Reply

The Republicans have been trying (and succeeding) in reducing the voting power of "those they want to hurt" for well over a decade.

The reason it is such an issue now is that the full power of the Oval Office is behind the efforts now.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-01 10:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Republicans can't win if everybody votes. It's that simple.

#3 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-10-01 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As I've stated many times and provided evidence of, this activity is done by both sides. The fact that now you are insinuating that voter fraud doesn't even exist anymore is just hilarious. Dems will say any absurd thing that comes to mind as long as it helps their narrative. Once you start holding yourselves accountable, then you will be seen as the bigger person. Until then, you are just as schmucky and scummy as Reps, regardless if your ego and entitlement blinds you to your own scumminess.

#4 | Posted by humtake at 2020-10-01 12:17 PM | Reply

Frankly the whole Trump presidency is about his base wanting him to "hurt" groups. The reality is most of the "hurt" Trump has inflicted outside of COVID-19 has hit his base.

#5 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-10-01 12:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Disenfranchising voters is only half the story (and the lesser half, at that).

-------- goal is to make voting irrelevant. His efforts at legitimizing the concern over voter fraud is to cast enough doubt on votes so that lawsuits can be filed. Those lawsuits will be used to justify either throwing out votes or allowing state legislatures to pick the votes that they consider valid and allowing the state legislatures to choose the electors for the electoral college. Or more precisely who those electors will be required to vote for-not the true vote winner but the winner of republican legislature selected votes.

All that will allow a legal band aid to cover -------- reelection.

THAT is the true danger to democracy.

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-10-01 01:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As I've stated many times and provided evidence of, this activity is done by both sides. The fact that now you are insinuating that voter fraud doesn't even exist anymore is just hilarious. Dems will say any absurd thing that comes to mind as long as it helps their narrative. Once you start holding yourselves accountable, then you will be seen as the bigger person. Until then, you are just as schmucky and scummy as Reps, regardless if your ego and entitlement blinds you to your own scumminess.

#4 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Show us how its done by both sides. (You can't)

Show us wide spread voter fraud. (You can't)

Shut up. (Wish you would)

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-10-02 10:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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