GOP Says They’ll Continue Racist Voter Suppression Tactics

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
Posted on September 27, 2007, Printed on September 27, 2007

In 2004, Republicans used a Jim Crow-era tactic to target the voter registrations of a half-million likely Democratic voters — often minorities — for Election Day challenges in nine states, a national voting rights group has charged in a new report.

“The intended effect of voter caging operations is to suppress minority votes,” Project Vote said in its report, “Caging: A Fifty-Year History of Partisan Challenges to Minority Voters. “Several court decisions and occasional public comment by Republican officials lend support to this conclusion.”

But Republicans say Project Vote’s report is biased because it excludes Democratic examples of filing fraudulent voter registrations to pad voter rolls and because it ignores Democratic efforts to “knock” opponents off the ballot, such as Ralph Nader in 2004, after identifying fraudulent signatures on his nominating petitions.

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