With vote counting nearly concluded Montana Republicans eagerly announced their first policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
As the Billings Gazette reports, the agenda is focused around making it more difficult to vote.
TEA Party Republican Rep. Tom McGillvray, who is the county campaign chair for failed governor candidate Rick Hill, said he sees a problem with the “crush of Election Day voter registration.” McGillvray says same day registration isn’t fair. Rather, he believes it “makes it difficult ‘to have a fair, orderly election.’”
Joe Bailey, vice chair of the Yellowstone County Republicans also proposed ”cutting off voting at 10 p.m., regardless of how many people are still in line.”
Ravalli County TEA baggers have joined in a favorite Republican pastime: lying and deception. The TEA Partiers know they can’t win on ideas or ideology. Instead, they’re resorted to fraud to thwart the Dems’ electoral chances by filing TEA baggers for local Democratic leadership positions.
TEA Party Republicans have proven they have no qualms about lying to voters or the press. It’s all part of a greater Republican strategy to suppress the vote. Here’s how it works.
By causing confusion about which candidates are fake Dems which are not, the TEA party is hoping some Democrats won’t vote in the precinct level races at all–or vote for the wrong candidate. The confusion will force local Dems to spend more resources—resources they could have used to help elect Bullock, Tester and legislative candidates in the fall.
Plus, the TEA Party’s fake precinct people will be able to vote for local central committee leadership and propose changes to the Democratic Party Platform. If Democratic central committees are tied up by spear hunting resolutions and ineffective leadership, the Republicans reason, they won’t be able to turnout as many voters in November.
Expect to see the Republicans repeat this trick in other counties. That’s because Montana has two top nationally targeted races this year–for Governor and U.S. Senate. With so much money being spent in Montana, there will be very few undecided voters. This means the election will be decided by who is best able to turn out voters for their candidates. Voter turnout is of course where local central committtees are invaluable.
The upshot is that the Ravalli Dems say the fraud has energized its membership to get the truth out to voters. Which brings us to the quote of the day from Corrine Gantt, the Dems’ central committee vice-chair who has some ideas for putting the new central committee “leaders” to work:
“I look forward to providing all of them with T-shirts that proclaim in big letters that they support President Obama that can be read from 50 feet away,” Gantt said. “They will be expected to wear these shirts in all of the summer parades while they are carrying signs that say how much they support our issues. Since they signed up willingly to take on these responsibilities, I have no question that they have every intention of honestly taking their place in our organization.”