Still don’t think the GOP voter restriction efforts are to clamp down on minority voter turn out?
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that on Tuesday, Georgia state senator Fran Millar (R-of course) is speaking out against an announcement by DeKalb County that early voting will be available on Sunday, October 26, and that an early-voting location will be opened at The Gallery in South DeKalb Mall. Millar, who represents part of the county and is the Senior Deputy Whip for the Georgia Senate Republicans, vowed to stop it.
In his piece, Millar complained that it was a location “dominated by African American shoppers” and is near “several large African American mega churches.” Citing Jim Galloway from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he notes that the “Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea” and that “I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.”
So getting more people to vote is now a partisan move? Oh, right, I forgot. It’s only bad when they’re the wrong color and voting for the wrong party. Silly me.
He goes on to note that:
Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall, since the poll will be open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.
Let’s just try to comprehend this for a second. Separation of church and state is a bad thing, and it doesn’t exist because it wasn’t explicitly framed in the Constitution — but suddenly it’s a good thing, and it’s loss to be lamented over, when it keeps Black people from voting.
George Orwell warned us about people like you and your party, Senator Millar.
It should be noted that many predominately black churches have organized “Souls to the Polls” events in the past, that encourage voters to vote after attending Sunday church services. The carpooling it relies on is perfectly legal, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Millar notes that he’s “investigating if there is any way to stop this action,” because making it easier to vote is a bad thing. He adds that he and State Representative Mike Jacobs (R-what else?) “will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January,” because it might boost Democratic voter turnout.
Only in Tea Party Land could making it easier to vote be considered a partisan action.