NORTH CAROLINA: State GOP Issues Press Release Bragging About Success In Suppressing Minority Vote

“African American Early Voting is down 8.5% from this time in 2012.” Via Daily Kos:

This morning, the NC GOP sent out a press release bragging about how successful the state party has been in suppressing the vote. As a reminder, the state “surgically” slashed the early voting methods used by most often by African Americans — including eliminating “Souls to the Polls Sunday” and radically reducing the number of early voting locations.

  • Paula

    I truly hope that McCrory and NC get everything that is coming to them.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Give it time. Once the election is over people on both sides will be looking for blood, and this (and Bridgegate) are ripe as hell.

    • not to mention Sheriff Joe

    • JesterRedPanda

      I still live there… 🙁

      • Paula

        I’m sorry…..The actions of the few are going to affect the lives of the many. I understand how you feel. I live in Texas. Far West Texas is about as different than East Texas than you can get.
        El Paso county is consistently Democratic in its voting. We have to put up with the crap the buybull baptists come up with.

        • Tiger Quinn

          I just moved out of Dallas after five years. You have my empathy.

          • Robert Wright

            I moved from Dallas eight years ago. My empathy as well.

          • Tiger Quinn

            Oh good on you, then.

        • grada3784

          You have my Trump troll brother and his family there. My condolences.

    • fuzzybits

      Too bad we can’t bring back public stockades.

      • (((GC)))

        I’d love to see him in the stocks, yes!

    • thatotherjean

      Less kindly: I hope they go down in flames.

    • Republicans get voted in for a reason. And that reason is that people who vote for them, think like they do. No Jews, Gays or Blacks will be tolerated.

      • Robert

        Derrick I thought it was because of ugly bald headed losers like yourself

        • You have confused me with someone else. My name is Derek.

    • FAEN

      May I amend that?

      I truly hope that McCrory and the NC GOP get everything that is coming to them.

      There are progressives in NC but because of gerrymandering, not getting out to vote in 2010 which resulted in the loss of the legislature, were on defense.

  • j.martindale

    The Supreme Court needs to reinstitute federal supervision of voting in North Carolina. Jim Crow controls North Carolina.

    • Piet

      Haven’t you heard? Chief Justice Roberts has declared the day of jubilee — there’s no longer any need at all for corrective supervision because the threat of disenfranchisement is effectively gone for all time. And in a surprise to absolutely nobody, he remains completely unashamed of the length of his nose.

      • Cboulder

        Yeah, Roberts isabelle limp-dick Cowardly douchebag who hates democracy

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      I disagree. I believe Congress needs to establish national standards for voting in national election.

      The obstacles to voting should be low and access should be equal. Unequal access, through gerrymandering, limiting polling days, hours or quantity of machines should not be permitted. If two people have to expend vastly different amounts of efforts to cast their votes, are we truly all equal citizens with equal rights? I think not

      • Judas Peckerwood

        When discussing how much your votes counts compared to someone else’s, don’t forget the Electoral College…

        • 2patricius2

          A popular vote would be a good thing. Let the people as a whole decide.

          But if the Electoral College is to remain, the electors need to be eliminated, and the electoral votes distributed solely on the basis of who wins the states, Otherwise, electors can vote other than the people in their states (as some have done in the past and one is threatening to do now).

          • Judas Peckerwood

            “But if the Electoral College is to remain, the electors need to be eliminated, and the electoral votes distributed solely on the basis of who wins the states…”

            Actually, a better way would be to distribute the electoral votes based on the proportion of the popular vote a candidate wins in a given state, rather than the current winner-take-all system that almost every state employs.

          • (((GC)))

            And make sure that change is made in all 50 states; otherwise Republicans (in power through gerrymandered districts) would push for proportional electoral votes only in “blue” states, while letting “red” states continue to enjoy winner-take-all. (They’re trying to do exactly that.)

          • You want a straight popular vote? If that is done, you think you’ll ever see a candidate give a shit about any issue or problem outside major metropolitan areas?
            If we do a stright popular vote for President, candidates won’t set foot outside the 20 largest cities in America because they won’t need to.

          • (((GC)))

            So you’re suggesting that people in smaller states continue to get more weight in their votes for President. That has pros and cons; currently the candidates don’t seem to care about more than a handful of battleground states.

          • The battleground state problem has been around for over a century, ever since polls became employed. It *is* a problem.
            I just get my ass chapped every time I hear a “Do away with the Electoral College!” hue and cry. It is there for a reason.

          • Highmoremotel

            I don’t know much about the electoral college, but I do see preventing mob rule as comforting.

          • SelectFromWhere

            Well, it’s getting sot hey don’t set foot outside the 10 or so Swing States, so not sure how that is better (and I’m in one of those swing states–make it stop!!)

          • The candidates visited almost all of the 48 contiguous states during the campaign. Granted, the battlefield states got more attention as it came down to the wire.

          • (((GC)))

            The National Popular Vote interstate compact is more than halfway to taking effect. Once passed by enough states to represent a majority of electoral votes, those states commit to voting for whoever wins the nationwide popular vote, thus bypassing the effects of the electoral college.

      • 2patricius2

        I agree. But unless and until Democrats control Senate and House and White House, the SCOTUS needs to revisit the Voting Rights Act and reinstate oversight.

        • Cboulder

          When SCOTUS scuttled section 5, they made clear that only Congress could reinstate pre-clearance. If you can’t win, just cheat, the SCOTUS apparently approves!

      • Rambie

        Congress do something good? Fantasy…

      • Piernudo15

        It’s like Rachel Maddow said: “We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder!”

      • Frostbite

        Nice idea, but it won’t happen simply because the GOP rigged up all the gerrymandering they will fight tooth and nail to keep it that way.

      • sword

        You don’t have to do any voting reform, Chief Justice Roberts has public declared that racism no longer exists in the United States.

      • I’m a Canadian touring around Australia. Did you know that it is compulsory to vote here? Aussies are fined if they do not vote.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          I would love to see that here. Its every citizen’s civic duty.

    • SelectFromWhere

      I live in NC and it’s not Jim Crow at all–it’s MONEY MONEY MONEY and super-rich Republicans pulling every trick they can to disenfranchise ANYBODY they think would vote Democratic. African-Americans are the “low-hanging fruit” in an election since they as a group vote so overwhelmingly DEM, but it’s not racism per se, just anti-Democratic voters. Trust me, if they had a way to isolate who was gay, they’d try to figure out a way to block our votes, too.
      The cities in NC are actually better-integrated than Northern cities–according to Northern transplants who’ve lived both places.
      It’s not about race, it’s about PARTY and VOTES and MONEY.

  • Michael Smith

    I hope they turnout tomorrow and throw you assholes out of office.

  • Blake Jordan

    North Carolina is the worst state of 2016!!!

    • Phil2u

      I live in N.C. and never before have I been such a nervous wreck during an election….never!

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Texas wants a word with you…

      • Circ09

        Naw. TX Leg wasn’t in session. Just wait until January 2017. Then TX can take the title back.

      • Blake Jordan

        What has Texas done in 2016?

        • Judas Peckerwood

          Just the usual — voter suppression, ongoing attempts to eliminate access to abortion and birth control, assaults on LGBT civil rights gains, top state officeholders under indictment.

          • Blake Jordan

            Those mainly seem like attempts to do bad things, while NC has successfully accomplished their anti-minority goals…

          • Judas Peckerwood

            But Texas does it BIGGER and BETTER!

  • AtticusP

    The GOP sure ain’t so grand anymore.

    We should start calling them the LCS: The Lie, Cheat and Steal party.

    • (((GC)))

      GOP: Greedy Old Party
      And recently, thanks to the nominated candidate:
      GOP: Grabbers Of Pussy

  • thom

    “FL is too close for me to cast a symbolic protest vote. I voted AGAINST Trump, and FOR Hillary. Here I explain why:”

    Ana Navarro – Republican strategist (and my personal hero this entire election)

  • greenmanTN

    This is so disgusting. Ideally, government officials should encourage everyone to vote, but instead the GOP has actively tried to supress voting by “certain people” as much as possible, closing convienient voting places, limiting the hours they are open, and removing voters eligibility for specious reasons, because it’s the only way they can win.

    On what planet does that seem reasonable?

    • the white one

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      “certain people” shouldnt be able to vote. Thats what the GOP thinks.

      • (((GC)))

        It’s also what the Founding Fathers thought: they saw control by the wealthy, who were supposedly immune to politicians’ promises and whims, as helping the stability of the nation.

        We’ve Most of us have evolved past such thinking.

        Unfortunately the Golden Rule still largely applies: “They who have the gold make the rules.”

        • EweTaw

          Not enough of us apparently. 🙁

    • GayOldLady

      You know yourself in TN we have early voting, but not Sunday voting because they know that’s the best opportunity for AA’s to organize a larger voter turnout. Plus they treat Sunday like it’s some pure holy day where voting would be sacrilegious. You can’t buy beer before noon in most counties and you can’t buy liquor or wine in any county on Sunday. Such phony piety.

      • SelectFromWhere

        We have the same alcohol laws here in NC…and the GOP state chairman, a slimeball the likes of which you can’t even imagine, actually tried to justify that “Sunday is a Holy Day of Rest” thing too, when they put forth their plan to axe Sunday voting. “Those poor poll workers deserve a day off!” was his actual response–as if they don’t rotate out the poll workers according to who is available, as it is. Thankfully he was shot down and Sunday voting was restored for two Sundays, although individual counties still blocked it in many places.

      • (((GC)))

        That’s exactly why Election Day is on a Tuesday.
        “Blame the Church”:

        The pure holy day of rest wasn’t suitable, and some people needed a day to travel to the polling place. Hence, Tuesday.

        (Now if we could somehow get many of the right-wing religious conservatives to adopt the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ opinion that voting is too worldly and not the Christian thing to do….)

      • Niblet58

        You can not buy beer in Indiana on Sunday let alone anything else…

        • GayOldLady

          That is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. You can buy beer in TN on Sunday, but you have to wait until 12 noon when all of the church people are through praying. You can also order a beer or a cocktail in a restaurant but again you have to wait until 10am. I’ve complained loudly about this on many occasions. Church people don’t have to wait for me to start drinking, why should I have to wait for them to finish praying? When I pick up beer on Sunday I always have a great conversation with the person checking me out about how damned stupid the law is.

    • CraigNJ

      A planet where you know you have no chance if winning if a fair election were held.

  • How un-fucking-American.

    • Chucktech

      How totally-fucking Jim Crow.

  • Galvestonian

    Looks like the “Civil War” still lingers in North Carolina … oops, pardon me “the War of Northern Agression” or more politely “… the late unpleasantness”.

    • GayOldLady

      That’s just how it is in the South. There is still a segment of the population that hopes for secession. Of course you know that if you live in TX. And an interesting side note about growing up in the South. When I was a child I knew old people who still had a stash of Confederate Money. I often wonder what their families did with that inheritance. 🙂

      • Galvestonian

        I’m a museum curator – quite a lot of the Confederate money is worth face value and sometimes depending on the rarity can be worth much, much more. Another story – when I was a kid back in the late 1940’s and early 50’s we had a very old neighbor that was always complaining about how the Army busted her cellar door and she wanted the damn thing replaced. She wrote letters and bitched quite a bit. Finally someone from the National Guard showed up and wanted to know what she was talking about. She claimed that the Army busted up the place and stole all of her daddies Scuppernong wine and the cellar door was still broke and damn it she wanted the government to fix it. The Army dude very puzzeled came out with ” …the Army ? “IT WAS THOSE DAMN YANKEES &
        You’re the Yankee Army so fix my cellar door damnit.”, she yelled. The National Guard fixed her door and it was the talk of the neighborhood and the start of a legend that is still told.

        • EweTaw

          Great story. 🙂

        • GayOldLady

          That’s a great story!

        • GayOldLady

          The fools I knew probably used their ancestors confederate money to roast hot dogs at their Friday night beer or bust bonfire.

    • indorri

      Should be called what it really was: the slave-owners’ rebellion.

      • thatotherjean

        But it wasn’t, really. Most Southern families didn’t actually own slaves. It was more like the large numbers of poor people today who vote against their own interests because they think of themselves as potential millionaires temporarily down on their luck, rather than poor people. Those who didn’t own slaves might, given the right circumstances, rise in the world and own slaves themselves, so most didn’t want to eliminate the possibility. And they didn’t want the Northern States telling them what to do, or invading their territory. So even non-slave-holders fought to uphold “the peculiar institution.” None of that makes it right, of course, then or now, but perhaps more understandable.

    • SelectFromWhere

      There are problems here, but don’t start that “Civil War” stuff. Voter suppression is happening in Northern states, too. Nobody actually living here referecnes a war 150 years ago, just the folks in the rest of the country who try to paint us that way. Remember NC is likely to go for Hillary this year, which is more than they can say in Northern states like Indiana, possibly Ohio, and the whole Midwestern stripe west of the Mississippi.

      The only reason African-Americans are being targeted is because they vote Democratic. It’s not about race, it’s about party. When we had an anti-Gay amendment on the ballot and some conservative Black churches were supporting it, the GOP was cozying up to them something mighty.

      None of this has anything to do with the Civil War, which by the way, nobody outside of “Gone With the Wind” actually calls the war of Northern Aggression. I will pay you $5 for every actual person in NC you can find who seriously uses that term. Exchanging one offensive stereotype for another doesn’t help.

  • BearEyes

    well, tRump has been complaining about the rigged election. Here’s proof.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    1. The GOP has bought themselves generations of enmity for this kind of shit.
    2. Can’t this be considered proof of animus in courts?
    3. If you can’t sell your ideology honestly, your ideology is shit. They need to be shut the hell down whenever they blabber on about the free market. Every single suppression move shows they don’t believe in it.
    4. There really should be a huge social capital penalty for being member of a party that crows about this.

  • lymis

    One of the many lessons this election teaches is that we need a comprehensive NATIONAL voting rights oversight law.

    How could the Republicans object, after their (losing) candidate has spent a year explaining how the election is rigged?

    • Chucktech

      I’m guessing your question is rhetorical. Republicans would object because if we had a comprehensive national voting rights oversight law, they’d lose even more bigly.

    • Ben in Oakland

      We need to get Roberts and his fellow travelers off the court.

      • Herald

        I would settle for just getting enough Justices to out vote Roberts and crew.

    • SelectFromWhere

      Yes, and frankly, if they are so worried about people being registered in multiple states, National registration, too–though I am leery of putting Feds in charge of my registration record.

  • “Your Honor, another exhibit for the plaintiffs, showing cause once again that the entire goal of North Carolina’s newly passed voting law was based on overt racial bias and a stated intent to prevent African American citizens from voting. North Carolina Republicans are on record asking for data based on race and voting. They are on record specifically targeting African American voters, with a goal of driving down their turnout. And now they are bragging about being successful in this racially-biased voter suppression effort.”

  • Lumpy Gaga

    2012: A big GOPoobah in PA declared before a friendly audience that PA’s then-new, yet-to-be-overturned photo ID law was gonna deliver PA for Romney.

    Voter suppression: It’s not just for the South anymore.

    • Yes, and it’s why a new Voting Rights Act needs to be national. It would also serve to get past any SCOTUS objections about regional selection.

  • JustDucky
  • SunsetGay

    Get that resume out, McCrory! You’re going to need it on Wednesday!

  • Ross

    Bragging about being evil.

    Not for the first time, I shake my head in wonder and disgust.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Isn’t this an admission of guilt? Shouldn’t the Justice Department be looking into indictments (since the FEC is a gelded piece of crap!)

  • teeveedub

    I am as eager to see soulless fuck Pat McCrory booted out of office this election as I am eager to see Hillary voted into office.

  • jsolar13

    I’d say this is shameful, but they clearly don’t have any shame left.

    Absolutely despicable.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      They never had any to begin with.

  • The_Wretched

    Chief Justice Roberts assured us in the Voting Rights Act case that this type of racist activity was a thing of the past and wouldn’t happen again. There you go, it’s happening again.

    • Chucktech

      And no one in the Reality Based Community bought that load of bullshit. And here we are.

      • Joseph Miceli

        I just went OFF on my Facebook page. I wrote that Republicans here in Louisiana were stupid. They were wrong about Jindal and wrong about Bush, that they needed to stop. They make poor choices.
        Well, I lost two people. Do you know how I feel about that?
        So fucking what. I’m better off without them.

  • Mark

    What a smug sonofabitch. But – ya know he’s got no balls cuz he’s using his handler’s politically correct term “African American”. He’s not fooling anybody. We all know exactly how he wants to say it.

  • Ninja0980

    The folks in NC and WI aren’t even pretending this is about voter fraud anymore.
    It’s voter suppression and they know it.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    You know this is what I don’t get. The Trumpeteers whine about revolution because their po wittle feelings get hurt, why the hell aren’t they afraid of ACTUAL revolution because they stole minorities’ rights? They remind me of the slave masters who treated their slaves like shit then sleep with one eye open because they’re afraid the slaves will rise up and burn their damn mansion down with them in it.

  • HZ81

    DOJ should drop the hammer on these fucks. If the wingers on the SC haven’t made that impossible.

    And our media continues to yawn.

  • bkmn

    Thanks for providing the evidence for the next time voter rights are on trial.

  • Rex

    What year is this? I should be considerably younger if it’s the 1950s.

    • EweTaw

      If you’re wearing a white t-shirt with a pack of Lucky Strikes rolled up in one sleeve you can come by to pick me up and we’ll go to the drive in for a malted. Don’t forget your Brylcreem and pocket comb. 😀

      • Rex

        Won’t I be cute, considering I’d be about 5 years old.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Ewe Taw is giving away his age. Not that there’s anything wrong with age. I was a full cowboy with cowhide chaps, toy pistols, a 10 gallon white hat. And a bicycle.

          • djcoastermark

            Wow, “assless” chaps at that age. Weren’t you the trend setter? 😉

        • Treant

          My *father* was around 10. 🙂

      • edrex

        you just described photos of my dad when he started dating my mother. it was a good look.

        • Mine, too.

        • EweTaw

          Did you mother fall in love with your dad because of the Brando-like things that he said? 🙂
          (Sorry. It’s a line from a great Joni Mitchell song.)

          • edrex

            knowing my dad. probably.

          • EweTaw


          • wayne

            “We’d all go looking for a party, looking to raise Jesus up from the dead!”

          • EweTaw

            The summer that album premiered I wore through two vinyl LPs so thoroughly that it was possible to see light through what black vinyl was left. Then I wore through two cassette tapes. I’ve gone on four day hikes into remote red rock canyons where the entire album played constantly in my head, even in my dreams. There’s something about that Mitchell gal makes me good crazy. I’m always amused when some whipper snapper complains to me that her music is old fashioned. LOL!

          • wayne

            It’s funny you mention red rock canyons (Nevada, I assume). I had tickets to see Joni Mitchell at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado in 82. She postponed the concert to a night that I couldn’t get off work.. Looking back after all these years, I don’t know why I didn’t just quit my job. “Hissing Of Summer Lawns” is just one of her albums that are favorites of mine.

          • EweTaw

            I kept hearing that album on a trip down Dark Canyon in Southern Utah. We’ve got lots and lots and lots of dramatic outcroppings of rugged red rock. 🙂

      • jefe5084
  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Such idiots.

    • jmax

      I can forgive an idiot. These fuckers are just plain evil.

    • Daveed_WOW

      You must stop thinking of these people as stupid. They are evil. They made a very deliberate choice with the full intention of committing racial discrimination. Illegal and evil.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Good point. Let me rephrase: Such idiots for being so evil.

  • Dan Robinson

    “disproportionately black”??
    What is the correct proportion?

    These people are disproportionately idiotic.

    • edrex

      less than 1/5th, if i recall correctly.

  • Cboulder

    Remember, if you can’t win via the normal channels, you can always invent new ones, unless you’re black

  • JT

    Throw the bigots out!

  • JaniceInToronto

    How can this shit even be legal?

  • SelectFromWhere

    The news might not be all so bad: According to NC registration statistics, 22% of registered voters are “Black” (self-chosen race code). This does not include other categories such as Multiracial, Other, etc so if you add those, you get about 25%.

    Looking at Early Voting counts (which finished Saturday), about 22.3% of Early Voters were “Black”, and about 29% “Black + Other”. So it actually is looking right about in line for the state as a whole, except for the fact that Black voters are said to use Early Voting significantly more than average, meaning their turnout Tuesday would not be expected to be similar percentages. We can hope…

  • Tom (Wpg)

    Too effing dumb to realize all the damage he’s done to his own state – and not giving a damn is far worse. What a pig-head!

  • jsmukg

    If *this* isn’t clear proof of animus and race-based discrimination, what is?

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Truly deplorable!
    GoToH3ll GOP [email protected]!

  • BobSF_94117

    I hope someone made sure John Roberts got a copy of the press release…

  • david fairfield

    Is it possible that this will piss off African American voters enough to get up and vote just to get this asshole out of office?? That is assuming, of course, that they have even the remotest idea about this, it has been floating around for a month now….c’mon everyone VOTE!!

  • david fairfield

    This information has been circulated, it’s been a month since I first saw this, or heard about it. I was under the impression that this had to be corrected. Was there no voting in NC yesterday?? Didn’t a judge already say how blatantly racist this was and order them to make voting accessible?

  • RLK2

    Find a way to get to the polls and show them you cannot be stopped!

  • TampaZeke

    If Hillary, Cooper and other Democrats are on the ball they will turn this press release into an ad directed at black people and throw down the gauntlet!

  • Richard

    I believe that
    on election day the African-American vote in NC will show up in large
    numbers. Just on the NC voting suppression attempt alone,
    African-Americans not showing up to cast their vote will have handed the
    racists in NC a victory and an insult to MLK and his fight to win voting
    rights. African-Americans know better than anyone else in this
    country the importance of voting. Every
    vote counts. Don’t be complacent……. Get out
    and VOTE BLUE !

  • Stubenville

    Still not gonna help you. Start packing up your office.

  • NMNative

    You know they feel pretty safe when they brag about their dirty, racist tricks. Let’s hope the people of NC have finally had enough.