The Fight for the Right to Vote

“I just want to find 11,780 votes.” Vote theft didn’t start with Fred Klonsky

Do we forget that James Cheney, Micky Schwerner and James Goodman died in Mississippi and were murdered by the Klan for trying to register Black voters there?

Donald Trump caught on tape trying to overturn the results in Georgia is just a dot on a straight line drawn from Reconstruction to today to deny Black votes.

The turnout in November produced the largest number of votes in U.S. history.

This was in spite of continued Black voter suppression across the country.

We can imagine the number if everyone could vote.

Fascists in the Republican Party went after and continue to go after Black voters, city voters and suburban voters who are more than ever not white.

From the poll tax to murder in Mississippi to the seven hours many had to wait to cast a vote to Trump’s phone calls.

A straight line. Year after year after year.

In spite of the huge voter turnout to defeat Trump and in the midst of a pandemic, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott restricted each county in his state to one mail-in ballot drop-box location, regardless of population.

Texas counties with only a few thousand residents had the same number of locations as Harris County which includes parts of Houston, the third-largest county in America.

In Alabama, state officials stopped counties from implementing curbside ballot drop-offs in spite of the raging pandemic

In Florida, less than a month before Election Day, the secretary of state’s office issued new that added requirements for county election officials to meet for setting up ballot drop-off locations.

Charles Blow put it right.

Conservatives in America — whether they were acting under the banner of Democrats a hundred years ago or under the Republican one today — have engaged in a campaign for racial exclusion at the ballot ever since Black people — only Black men at first — gained access to the franchise.

Trump not only attempted to erase Black votes after they were cast, he attempted to suppress them before they were cast. This is nothing new among conservatives, but Trump has dragged the practice out of the back rooms and into the light of day once again, giving it a telegenic, digitally contagious persona.

Fred Klonsky | January 4, 2021 at 8:26 am | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:

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