Now this is fitting.
Arkansas Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge, a Republican nominee, was kicked off the voter rolls after it was discovered that she didn’t cancel her previous voter registrations in Washington D.C. and Virginia, and neglected to re-register in Pulaski County when she moved. And while she’s crying foul, the County Clerk for Pulaski County, Larry Crane, said that he was legally obliged to remove her name after he received a letter that flagged the issue.
The Republicans are calling the cancellation of Rutledge’s voter registration form a “dirty trick” that was politically motivated, but it was anything but. It’s becoming increasingly common in Arkansas after the state implemented a number of strict voter restrictions, among which were the controversial voter ID law that, as of Thursday, was still being litigated in court.
These strict voter ID laws caused chaos during the primary; voters were inappropriately grilled on their personal information at the polls and many absentee ballots from legitimate voters were thrown out because they didn’t include proof of ID.
Rutledge argued that she tired to register to vote in Pulaski County, but that clerk’s office gave her a “change of address” form instead. Rutledge told the website ArkansasMatters.com that “I don’t know if I made any mistakes except listening to the clerk and I should have insisted they accept my form when they refused it.”
The Republican National Lawyers Association has come to Rutledge’s aid, however, expressing outrage over her being “systematically removed from voter rolls within 90 days of a federal election.” Their chairman, J. Randy Evans, went on to add “The fact is that it is a clear and unmistakable attempt at the most harmful kind of voter suppression in violation of federal law – removing a qualified female voter from the rolls notwithstanding her valid registration and actual votes in the last 4 elections in violation of her civil rights. Democrats should be embarrassed.”
Just bask in the glory of that victim pose. The RNLA has been instrumental in pushing the mass voter purges across the country, and has specifically been key in defending the right to purge voters within 90 days of the election.
And Rutledge is proud of her role in defending Arkansas election laws that have been accused of discrimination minorities and low-income voters:
“Whether it was concerning Voter ID, Redistricting, Obamacare, or the IRS targeting conservative groups, I sat at the table side-by-side my fellow Republican attorneys and we developed legal strategies to proactively stand against or at times defend our citizens from the overreach of this Administration,”
How’s the view up there, Rutledge? Maybe next time, you’ll remember petards aren’t surefire weapons.