Usually when conservatives promote voter surpression tactics, they are smart enough to pretend their proposals are about “preventing voter fraud.” Not so with the Flathead Daily Inter Lake.
This paper’s world-class editorial department today penned a “lament” that the people of Montana are able register and vote on election day.
First, the Inter Lake is outraged because it takes longer to count votes when more people cast them:
Election Day always has its share of surprises, but in Montana perhaps the biggest one was just how long it took to find out who won and who lost.
Whats more, these great minds opined, allowing people to register and vote after some arbitrary deadline supposedly “hindered the work of Election Department officials” –as if these aren’t the people we taxpayers have hired perform these exact duties.
For those not involved with running the Daily Inter Lake, the GOP’s voter surpression strategy is actually pretty easy to understand.
Putting up roadblocks to voting suppresses turnout primarily among minorities, the lower-income earners, and the young, and these are well-known Democratic-leaning constituencies. The fewer the people that get to vote, the easier it is for them to put sub-par candidates in positions of power.