Sunday, August 18, 2013

And the Beat Goes On

Not to be out-done by the Republicans on the Watauga and Pasquotank County boards of elections, the Republican Chair of the Forsyth Board of Elections is openly declaring that he plans to shut down an Early Voting site on the Winston-Salem State University campus, an historically black campus.

His pretext is that when he was a precinct judge at the campus Early Voting site, he says he overheard students talking about getting class credit for voting.

Now then, that ranks as obvious, opportunistic hear-say, in the vein of comments on this blog that everyone knows there's massive Democratic fraud in this state. No, everyone does not know that, because in fact it doesn't exist.

And if the Republican Chair of the Forsyth County Board of Elections, in his capacity as a duly sworn elections official in a voting precinct, overheard evidence of "vote-buying" by students, why did he not raise a fuss at the time? Why did he not follow-up? Why did he not file a complaint, swear out an affidavit, pound the table top? He brings it up now as an excuse, some sort of eye-witness testimony that's supposed to sweep the field in his favor.

It's weak, it's trumped-up, it's a smoke-screen to cover another instance of the NC GOP's plot to disenfranchise college students, and especially college students of color.


Anonymous said...

What's wrong with getting class credit for voting? No one can control HOW one votes.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:41 - One can't receive ANY benefit for casting a vote.

Typically, credit is given for papers written about voting in general, NOT for casting a vote. And I don't believe this guy heard any such thing, either. It is a persistent rumor around most campuses in this state that it happens, but nobody ever can give a specific instance.....kinda like an Urban Legend.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with getting class credit for voting?

Do you feel the same way about being paid to vote with money?