Remember when civic engagement meant "get out the vote?"
Now the Republican Party has decided its goal is "stop the vote" - - and Wisconsin was right in that Right mix with its freshly-narrowed registration and early-voting period, failed effort to stunt the turnout through mandated display of ID's for all eligible and already-registered voters and recently-discovered inaccurate election-day instructions to poll watchers.
And, by the way, who is limiting early voting in Florida - - a practice favored by many Democrats and minority voters who traditionally vote after Sunday church two days before the election?
Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott.
Who is up to even more restrictive turnout mischief in Ohio?
Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted. Today he acknowledged he'd 'lost 33,000 registrations. This after all his efforts to cut early voting.
And who is seriously messing with the process in Virginia?
Contractors tied to the Republican Party, including one arrested in an expanding probe of discarded voter registrations:
Why does the Right have so much trouble with the right to vote, and why are so many Republicans in official positions where power is wielded using that power to take away a basic right.
Surely it can't be over the phantom menace of 'voter fraud' - - which voter ID did not address - - though the Virginia example should be a bi-partisan outrage.
Originally posted at Purple Wisconsin.