Skip to main content

It's bad enough that the U.S. Supreme Courtallowed our state's restrictive voter registration law to stand. It's even worse that Texas' Republican attorney general, Greg Abbott, has demonstrated once again that he is (contrary to what he claims) not for protecting vote integrity but protecting Republican political interests.
In his statement defending the law, Abbott claimed that the law was necessary to protect against what he calls "voter fraud," but if you really wanted to know what his-- and his GOP colleague's-- motives regarding this law, you don't have to look very far.
More below.

Here's what Abbott said as reported in the Austin American-Statesman:

“The Supreme Court’s rejection of Project Vote’s appeal is a victory for voter integrity and helps Texas prevent fraud in the voter-registration process. The partisan groups that challenged these laws were founded by and affiliated with ACORN - an organization that was notorious for voter-registration fraud. With this ruling, the court rejected these ACORN affiliates’ attempts to circumvent election integrity laws and helped ensure that Texans can have confidence in the integrity of their elections.”
What fraud, Mr. Abbott? Do you have specific instances of actual fraud? Or is all that you have a bunch of sad Republican excuses designed to cover up what the GOP's real motives are.
And what about this trash you and other Republicans keep barking about an organization that no longer exists whose goal was to empower minority interests to make their lives better and not what you and other Republicans have claimed (along with your propaganda mouthpiece that calls itself "Fox News.")
Mr. Abbott, your motives are very clear. Despite your best intentions, you and your GOP allies will not be successful at blocking the will of the people by standing in our way in voting booths the way George Wallace stood in the way of school desegregation in the South.
I'm sorry, Mr. Abbott. Like the slogan I used to hear years ago: "The people united will never be defeated."
EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site