This story should be getting more media play than it has. In a rare moment of candor, one in which he thought he was off the record, Ohio’s Doug Preisse, a GOP campaign chair and an advisor to Governor John Kashich, admitted to the Columbus Dispatch that they don’t want African-American people to vote.
“We shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine.”
After what I assume was a pretty severe Republican tongue lashing, his party said that “Preisse thought his comments to the Dispatch were off the record.”
Yeah, that helps.
Ohio is just one of several GOP run states that thinks that making it difficult for people to vote is the Republicans’ ticket to victory, especially if those people are of a minority, young, female or old. The tactics vary, but the results are anything but democratic.
One GOP House Leader, Mike Turzai of Pennsylvania was also caught being a bit too candid. He admitted that voter ID laws are designed for handing Romney the victory.
“Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”
A recent poll shows that Romney has 0% of the Black vote (yes, you read that right, zero percent). It’s really no surprise that they want to keep African-Americans away from the polls.
In response, the Obama campaign has fought back, both defensively and offensively. Defensively, they are fighting blatantly illegal voter suppression efforts through the courts. Offensively, they are doing what the Obama campaign did best in 2008, winning the ground game. From the Huffington Post:
“I think that all these challenges are why you run a field operation and why, in a battleground state like Ohio, where we have four times as many offices as [the Mitt Romney campaign does] and many times more staffers, we have the advantage to do it,” said one senior staffer who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak frankly about campaign strategy. “I know everyone thinks it is just our side that suffers from these things, from ballot access challenges. But their senior voters are going to have challenges too. Both sides are going to have to adapt to this. And I think that is a place where we have an advantage on the ground.”