It doesn’t take shrewd reporting to see that Ohio Republican officials were suppressing black voters by limiting early-voting hours in left-leaning, largely working-class counties — while extending the convenience in conservative regions. One GOP chairman, Doug Preisse (right), a top adviser to Gov. John Kasich, actually spelled it out to the Columbus Dispatch:
“We shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine.”
Brave of Preisse to cop to the blatant attempt to block the voting rights of African-Americans. His party’s feeble response:
“Preisse thought his comments to the Dispatch were off the record.”
Oh, whew. That changes everything!
Republicans won’t deny what Preisse says is true — just that they don’t approve of how few euphemisms he used to sugarcoat the practice of disenfranchising minority voters, which the GOP will happily continue to do.
“There wasn’t a lot of ambiguity in Preisse’s comments,” writes Plunderbund. “He said what he meant and he said it clearly: ‘The old process made it too easy for African Americans to vote and the new policy will effectively, and with my full support, disenfranchise thousands of black voters.’ He even told the Dispatch, in response to a similar question, ‘Bullshit. Quote me!'”[Plunderbund]