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The resident faculty tried to fool us by leaving scribbled notes about the new campus conference center and their "weekly Wednesday meeting." But there is no new campus conference center, and they meet on Mondays. It seemed they were trying to keep things to themselves. And that was their clue.

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That leaves only the resident faculty trying to mislead us with notes about a new campus conference center and their meeting on Wednesday. They left those notes in the wine cellar library, where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum ("More wine, more truth"). Then, as they do every Monday, they headed for the hot tub faculty lounge and their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. So why try to fool us?

The BPI Squirrel texted this hint on his Blewberry: "It's like the spoof letter in 2008 announcing that, to ease crowding at polling places, Republicans would now vote on Tuesdays and Democrats on Wednesdays."

While no such letter was ever sent - so far as we know - the satire cut to the heart of common TGOP efforts at vote suppression. Or as they describe it, "preventing voter fraud."

The most fraudulent thing about it is the TGOP's description itself. Before every election, they spread scary stories of past and anticipated "voter fraud." But as we'll see this week, their stories are frauds and their real agenda has nothing to do with trying to ensure that each voter is legitimately registered and casts only one ballot. They see no problem in challenging tens of thousands of legitimately registered voters to "prevent" a tiny handful of miscast ballots. In fact, that's exactly their objective: to intimidate and drive down turnout among predominantly Democratic voters.

So this week we'll explore their tactics of voter suppression, and how to stop it.


Happy Monday!

Crossposted from Blogistan Polytechnic Institute (

Originally posted to NCrissieB on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 04:02 AM PDT.

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