My wife Lynn, who's been a poll worker for the Carthage precinct past the five years and a registered voter here in Moore County since 1992, has a letter in the Pilot this week explaining why she's not doing it any more.

The usual gang of right wing fuckwits has showed up in the comments, anonymously attacking her (and me as well, although I'm used to it), and asserting the usual Rethuglican  claptrap about how "it's not a big hassle, why don't you stop whining, and (the biggest lie of all), we need to stop rampant voter fraud."

But even their own leaders are admitting it's not about fraud at all:

"The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama's ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama's national field director admitted, shortly before last year's election, that "early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election."Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly" I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter-turnout machine.”Columbus Ohio GOP Chair Doug Preisse, on early voting"Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.
“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.
“They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”So it's not voter fraud they're mad at...they just know more early voters (and African Americans) vote Democrat. I mean, you can't really keep denying it when your party's own officials admit that it's not about voter fraud, it's about suppressing traditionally Democratic voters.Well, I guess you can. If you're a pathological liar.
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