The War Against Voting

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

There are two ways, I suppose, for a political party to do well at the polls.

The first way is to find good candidates and run them, persuading the electorate that they have the better solutions to the issues of the day.

The second way is to cheat.

Looks like the GOP is really into number two.  The latest?  Cutting off voting for college kids (because they're liberal).

It's happening in New Hampshire:

At a January 9/12 event with local tea partiers, the Republican House Speaker in New Hampshire, Bill O'Brien explained his problem with young voters.

"They go into these general elections, they'll have 900 same day registrations, which are the kids coming out of the schools and basically doing what I did when I was a kid, which is [vote liberal]," he said. "They don't have life experience and they don't have life experience and they just vote their feelings and they're taking away the town's ability to govern themselves, it's not fair."

The remarks were caught on tape by a tracker with the New Hampshire Democratic party, but up until today they haven't caused O'Brien much embarrassment.

Now, though, the New Hampshire House is trying to put those words into law, with two bills designed to disenfranchise young voters — one to disallow them from voting if they or their parents haven't established residency in that district, the other to disallow same-day voter registration altogether.