It’s election day; you know it is by the sheer number of outrageous election-oriented shenanigans that the right-wing is pulling. From the redistricting issues in Florida to Conservative poll watcher in Houston, the right has pulled out all their stops to prove some parts of this country can run sham elections on par with the best Banana Republic.
Perhaps it should be no surprise that thousands of voter registration forms have turned up missing in Georgia, then. DemocracyNow! puts the figure at close to 40,000 voter registrations — and it should surprise nobody that the majority of them are from communities of color, which largely lean Democrat. This is a fairly significant amount; all of these were obtained earlier in the year when organizers for the New Georgia Project spread out throughout all of Georgia’s 159 counties and registered nearly 90 thousand new people who have never voted a day in their lives.
Most of them were under 25-years-old.
But when one group checked back later in August, and compared their record to the public one, they noticed a slight discrepancy: someone had lost a few voter forms.
And by “a few,” I mean “a few tens of thousands.”
Georgia’s state minority leader, Stacy Abrams (D), called it “deeply disturbing,” and added:
We asked the Secretary of State to meet with us. We wanted to understand if we were doing something wrong, or if there was another database we didn’t have access to. But he refused to meet with us.
Two more times the Secretary of State refused to meet with them or answer their requests, before the New Georgia Project ended up taking the Secretary of State to court.
In the meantime, how many first time voters are going to learn that they can’t vote at all? And how many are not going to bother to vote after this? This is disenfranchisement is blatantly obvious; I’m beginning to doubt that the United States even knows how to run fair elections anymore.
Maybe getting U.N. overseers in here isn’t such a bad idea after all.
You can watch Joy Reid of MSNBC discusses the lost voter forms in the video below: