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OK, so Donald Trump is right: In certain areas, if you know what we mean, certain powerful interests are conspiring to rig the elections. Which is to say, three North Carolina counties are so outrageously open in their attempt to suppress the black vote that they’ve been sued by the NAACP for purging voter registrations of thousands of eligible voters shortly before the general election, i.e., this very week. Yes, really, in North Carolina, of all places! The lawsuit demanded an immediate stop to the practice and the reinstatement of the purged voters, calling the registration purge “a coordinated effort right out of the GOP playbook to suppress the black vote in the state.”

Voters were kicked off the rolls in Beaufort, Moore, and Cumberland counties based on challenges submitted by Republican activists, who would send a piece of mail to the addresses of thousands of registered Democrats, most of them black, and then challenge the registration of anyone if the mail was returned as undeliverable. You see, in a lovely gesture toward encouraging citizen participation in the process of voter suppression, North Carolina law allows individual citizens to challenge other people’s eligibility to vote. In some cases, the voters had moved within the county and were still eligible to vote; in others, voters’ eligibility was challenged even when they hadn’t moved and the mail was returned due to a postal error.

ThinkProgress profiles one purged voter, James Edward Arthur Sr., whose registration was challenged after he moved into a nursing home:

He testified that he did not receive any notice from the state or the county that his voter registration had been challenged or that he would be required to attend a hearing to keep his right to vote.

“If I knew my right to vote was in jeopardy, I would do whatever I could to protect it,” he said. “I want and plan to vote in the upcoming election, but I am concerned that since my registration has been canceled I will not be able to cast a ballot or it will not be counted.”

Well, hey, if he was foolish enough not to check every two years to see whether his registration had been challenged by a coordinated Republican effort to suppress the black vote, maybe he simply didn’t care enough. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty and all that.

The counties (and the state!) are claiming the voter roll purges are perfectly legal, since they’re based on individual challenges, not a mass purge, but the NAACP accuses local Republicans of running a coordinated effort to send out thousands of mailings to voters and then challenge the registration of those who didn’t receive them:

Shane Hubers, a Republican who ran for local office last year, challenged the registration of dozens of voters — the majority of them Democrats — in Beaufort County. In Cumberland County, a single individual used returned mail to challenge the registrations of 3,951 voters. In Moore County, N. Carol Wheeldon, the secretary of the local Republican Party, challenged approximately 400 registered voters.

You know, just ordinary citizens who saw something and said something. Hundreds or thousands of times. The lead attorney for the NAACP suit, Penda Hair (who could not have had an easy time of it in junior high school), said that in Moore county,

“the return address of a right-wing group called the Voter Integrity Project appeared on the piece of mail that was used to challenge voters.”

“This is a very pernicious treatment of voters,” she said.

Also, while you may have been under the impression there would be no math, it’s worth noting that in Beaufort County, African-Americans make up only 25.9 percent of the population. But in what has to be a pure coincidence, over 65 percent of the eligibility challenges have been against black people. That seems almost targeted, now doesn’t it?

You have to give North Carolina Republicans credit for diligence, at least — they’re managing to take all sorts of fascinatingly creative steps to suppress Democratic voting, even after a federal court invalidated the state’s terrible 2013 voting restrictions, which the Fourth District Court of Appeals said were designed to “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” County election boards have closed huge numbers of early-voting locations, for instance; Guilford County went from 16 early voting sites in 2012 to just one this year. After an outcry, the county opened additional early voting sites, but wouldn’t you know it, turnout for early voting in that county is down 85 percent from four years ago. Must be because all those folks just don’t care to vote this year for some reason. (Seriously, we saw a rightwing forum post claiming blacks were staying away from the polls both because they’re racist against Hillary Clinton for being white, and because North Carolina’s black voters are staying home out of disgust at her use of an unauthorized email server while she was secretary of State. Logic!)

Among other voters who’ve had their registration challenged, there’s 100-year-old Grace Hardison, who did at least receive a notice that her registration had been challenged, but had to attend a hearing to prove she was eligible to vote. She was one of the voters challenged by Shane Hubers, the failed mayoral candidate, who challenged her eligibility because a letter he sent to her home address was returned. Clearly, an ineligible voter — except that she says she’s always had her mail delivered to the post office. After local reporting on Hardison’s case led to outrage, the challenge was withdrawn, but you’ve got to bet there are plenty of voters who don’t have the advantage of being a much-loved local centenarian.

The voter roll purges are only the latest in a string of attempts to suppress the black vote in spite of the federal court decision striking down the state law. Last Thursday, a federal court ordered the state to allow provisional ballots from tens of thousands of voters who had registered to vote at state motor vehicle offices, but whose names had somehow not been added to voter rolls. This was a 60 percent dropoff since 2013.

Coincidentally, a Republican, Pat McCrory, became governor in 2012.

At this point, it may be time for the United Nations and Jimmy Carter to supervise North Carolina elections.

[ThinkProgress / NBC via AOL / WRAL / ThinkProgress / The Nation]

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  • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre

    All McCrory needed was a white seersucker suit and a mint julep when he was on TV this past weekend saying he “jes’ don’t understand why them black folk ain’t voting”.

    • NastySnarkOff

      …undoubtedly said after a pleasant stroll around his cotton plantation.

  • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

    If you really care about your right to vote in NC, it’s best that you plan ahead and be born white.

    • John Iwaniszek

      And vote early

      • Nounverb911

        And vote often.

        • OneYieldRegular

          And move to California as soon as you’re of voting age.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Damn it! I never get these memos in time!!

  • Joe Beese

    In fairness, Trump really needs to win North Carolina.

    • FlownOver

      “…fairness, Trump…”

      Does – not – compute.

    • DainBramage

      There is no fairness here.

  • dslindc

    “But we have to challenge voters! They might vote near our WIVES AND DAUGHTERS!”

    -Gov. McCrory, probably

  • beingreleased

    If black people would just vote the right way, all this wouldn’t be necessary.

  • John Iwaniszek

    I’m embarrassed for NC, but glad the R’s got caught again with their hands in the cookie jar.

  • Nounverb911
  • Joe Beese

    Better get hopping, PA. Hillz is up 5 points there.

  • coozledad
  • weejee

    tRump celebrates this klantastic news.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Every time I start to think North Carolina has its shit together, it starts acting like South Carolina again.

  • Lizzietish81

    Hey the founding fathers only wanted land owning white men to vote.

    • coozledad

      Richard Burr wants to get white men back to voting with guns, the way they did when the south got its asshole mopped up with its fucking face the last time.

    • borninatrailer

      Trump certainly represents the presidential candidate the founding fathers envisioned vs. the other candidate or the current president.

    • Msgr_Bad_Hombre

      Strict constructionalism: let the dusky-toned ones do the constructing.

  • DainBramage

    We need national standards for voting. It’s a right we have as citizens, so why let assholes rob us of our rights using local, intentionally biased laws?

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      I’ll put that on my list, next to
      – Election day made a national holiday
      – DC and Puerto Rico granted statehood
      – Automatic registration when residence changes, from birth onwards

      That list is entitled “Stuff Obama Probably Should Have Done in 2008 Instead of Trying To Make Nice-Nice With Republicans.”

      • SuperMatt

        Hindsight is 20/20. Obama had hope and faith in humanity. Sadly, there are very few examples of humanity within our nation’s Capitol building.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Haven’t you heard? Racism is over, because we have a black president. So, nothing to see here. Thanks, Obama.”
      — Pat McCrory

  • Bitter Scribe

    Oh, but there’s no need for the federal government to guarantee the voting rights of minority citizens, because the Civil War has been over for a long time, or something. Just ask John Roberts.

    (THAT is why we need a Democratic Senate to go along with our Democratic president, to ensure that SCOTUS vacancies will be filled.)

    • mailman27

      Balls and strikes my ass. Wait, that doesn’t sound right.

      • willi0000000

        maybe we should check to see if he bawls if we strike his ass (with a cricket bat of votes, of course)?

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Um, 10 minutes ago “creatively screwing” read very differently.

    • willi0000000

      . . . and it used to be so much fun too.

  • beatbort

    I’m going to avoid the Internet for the rest of the day. I’m beginning to get depressed. See you tomorrow!

    • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

      Take care. :)

    • Msgr_Bad_Hombre

      Find some analog kittehs to restore your equilibrium.

      • cmd

        I found some Lassie re-runs on the TV that run early mornings.

        • Nastyinencinitas

          God bless her.

    • Debbies are like taco trucks

      I have been forcing myself to take breaks to deep-breathe these past few days, and also too trying to remember MLK’s words:

      “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

    • Sakonyachen
  • borninatrailer

    Damn riggers.

  • cheetojeebus

    Slightly O/T about NC tho, Wondering if the Senate will vote to censure Richard Burr their fucking dirtbag senator with assassination suggestions.
    btw his office numbers are:
    Washington office at (202) 224-3154 or my Winston-Salem office at (800) 685-8916

  • borninatrailer

    NC, worried about the negros all messed on cocaine and jazz cigarettes, rampaging through the polling stations, having their voting way with the white woman.

  • memzilla

    It’s all part of the Get The Vote Out drive in North “We Used To Be The Sane One” Carolina.
    Photo: NC Election Commissioner Y. Sam III
    .
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/275ce7ca80852d6c5dd296e25250a12bb3373517563fe04930e5002017046c48.jpg

  • Msgr_Bad_Hombre

    “I should know whether rigging is taking place. I’m the guy doing it.”

  • Walter Wellstone

    We should know by now that Donald is a master of projection. When he claims someone’s crooked he’s really telling the world he’s crooked. When he claims rigging he’s just telling us he’s doing it and, finally, when he claims someone is nasty that’s because he’s the nasty one (you’re the puppet!)

  • weejee

    ♪ And so it was that later
    As the voter told his tale
    That the tRump poll watchers,
    Turned a whiter shade of pale ♪
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3af0307d84c877d3bec76e5924f1479459f223776af1210c3f674390dbdb219b.jpg

  • Me not sure

    The county elections office was for weeks the only early voting station in our county.
    It used to be near the largest concentration of African-American voters in the county.
    Since the last election it was moved miles away. When you add GA’s voter ID law and new ID requirements to even get a drivers license, the process for voting is made very difficult. Public outcry has since forced the opening of another early voting station close to the old location. Stay on these bastards

  • “We know what’s best for these people, so we’d better make sure they don’t have a say in anything…”

  • Well, I can’t possibly imagine why some black folks would be upset enough to riot just because the police keep shooting them and the scum-sucking, fucking, shitbag, racist politicians keep trying to deny them the peaceful redress of grievances via the ballot box.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    We don’t have early voting in Missouri cause this state does not recognize the 21st century. I volunteered with the local Dem party office to drive people who don’t have transportation to the polls next Tuesday. I never did that before. Should I take a camera with me and take pictures of anyone standing outside the polling places who is taking pictures of me and my car, which I heard is happening elsewhere? We have Open Carry in Missouri, but I don’t own a gun. Should I rent a bullet–proof vest? Honestly, I don’t know what to expect, but it will either be an adventure or somewhat boring.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      I’d take a camera, and have the phone number for the local FBI office handy.

      • SuperMatt

        Why do I feel like the FBI might not be too sympathetic to Democrats?

        • Nastyinencinitas

          Well, we don’t really know how the rank-and-file agents feel about the situation. They could be a bunch of swell guys.

    • MizzMazz

      Shit, scary. Thank you for what you’re doing.

    • Jen B_VA

      It’ll be boring most likely.

    • Jgb979

      I volunteered around the first Barry Bams election to do similar things.

      Aside from running into a few chuckleheaded Cantor brothers (MEMBA Eric cantor!) it was boring and entirely pleasant.

    • cmd

      This has some phone numbers, libtards at ACLU and a DOJ #.
      https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-when-faced-voter-intimidation

  • borninatrailer

    What’s their state slogan again? First In White Flight?

  • MynameisBlarney

    Not sure if this is too little, too late or better late than never.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141612743

    • Nastyinencinitas

      Figures the judge is an illegal immigrant. Prolly doesn’t even speak English good.

  • NastySnarkOff

    Wow, Donald Trump is right about something. The system IS rigged.

    • DainBramage

      Pro-jec-tion.

    • Nasty Astraea

      Difference between the responses is that one side wants to burn it all down, other side wants to eliminate the shitty, abusive practices and get better.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Today we are all collectively drowning in the feces from this election. Just one more week. Just one more week.

    • NastySnarkOff

      Seriously. It’s like the world’s shittiest Finals Week in college.

      • DainBramage

        At least I don’t have dreams of showing up naked for an election I forgot about.

        • Debbies are like taco trucks

          I might, after this year

        • NastySnarkOff

          …and when you try to run to the polling place, because you are late, your feet seem glued to the ground?

          • Nastyinencinitas

            And you try to scream and nothing comes out but a little peep no one can hear?

        • cmd

          I have dreams where I go through the whole semester, not going to this one class, and finals are approaching and papers are due and I am trying to figure out what to do. But I already voted.

    • proudgrampa

      I hope we all survive.

  • rosenbomb

    Democrats want more people to vote and organize massive GOTV efforts= rigging the election.

    Republicans actively suppress the vote through removing names from voter rolls, limiting number of polling places, and passing absurd voter ID laws= Party of Personal Responsibility and family values and “of course we aren’t racist, why would you ever think such a thing?”

    Seriously, fuck them.

    • baconzgood

      No joke. Baconz just realized that GOTV means go to vote (I know major brain fart). I kept seeing it in articles and I honestly thought it was something I had to pay my cable provider an additional 5.99 a month to recieve.

      • Gentle Robot

        get out the vote

        • Nastyinencinitas

          Except now it has switched to GOTFV.

      • rosenbomb

        Ha! I admit, sometimes my brain rearranges it to Gov’t

  • Joe Beese
    • Villago Delenda Est

      You have to use the same math that Drumpf uses to claim he’s a billionaire.

    • proudgrampa

      Uhh, Republican math?

    • limberrat

      It does when its a HORSERACE!!!!

    • SuperMatt

      Because if the election isn’t in doubt, why would anybody watch the news? News organizations need your eyeballs….

  • proudgrampa

    Well, I happen to know that Utah is attempting to suppress the proudgrampa senior citizen vote!

    They have not sent me my mail-in ballot, the bastards! I am going to show up at the polling booth next Tuesday and give them a piece of my mind!!!

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      That would probably be the day that they tell you there’s a problem with your registration, and that it usually takes 24 hours to sort it out, don’t that beat all? Go sooner, get that sorted!

      • proudgrampa

        I just found out that there is early voting in UT. Talk about voter suppression… There has been absolutely NO indication that Early Voting was an option here.
        I am going to the early vote thingy tomorrow (not open today), that should get this sorted out, if there is a problem.

    • Shan the Nasty Libtart

      I haven’t received mine, either.

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        Neither have I! But I called for a replacement ballot. My conservative roommate had to as well. Apparently there’s been a real problem here with people not receiving ballots.

        • Shan the Nasty Libtart

          That makes me nervous.

          • IOnlyLikeCats

            Voting is super easy here in Washington so most people just call for a replacement. The people who work there are super nice.

          • Jen B_VA

            It should. Do they let you vote at the poll itself if you are mailed one?

          • Shan the Nasty Libtart

            I don’t know. I’m not going to count it as officially “missing” until the 5th because they apparently stop mailing the requested ballots on the 4th. And it’s kind of my fault that it’s late. I mailed in my first request (and my son’s) but I accidentally had the pre-printed forms inside out so they came straight back to me and I had to fix them and send them again.

            Yes, I am a ding-dong.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    To someone who lives in Oregon, this is fucking insane. Every single fucking time “voter fraud” is revealed, it’s some Rethug trying to game the system for another Rethug. EVERY SINGLE FUCKING TIME.

    • Debbies are like taco trucks

      It’s a shitty skill set, but a skill set nonetheless

    • rosenbomb

      Suppress the vote and gerrymander the shit out of your districts = winning combo

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      True. Growing up in Washington (or even in northern Idaho, subject to all-Washington media) I always thought the whole point was to make it easier for everyone to vote.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        This is the part I find incomprehensible. Involving everyone in the process enhances stability, gives people reasons not to go all shooty all over the place. Getting everyone involved means everyone has skin in the game. THIS IS A GOOD THING.

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          In all honesty, I would like to see Tim Fucking Eyman excluded from the process, but I guess having him around is just the cost of democracy.

  • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

    ‘Bout 18 months ago, I opined on Raw Story about how, even though I’m an amateur historian without degree, I was seeing signs that reminded me of the beginnings of the Spanish Civil War, and maybe the Russian Civil War. Some dude helpfully mansplained to the dumb chick how things like that “can’t happen here”.

    • Blacktop Cadence

      Which is naive in the extreme given conservatives have seemingly given up on democracy.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        They never really cared for it, because it implies that they can no longer get away with the shit they’ve been doing for a very long time.

      • Edita Espinosa (Edith Prickly)

        It’s finally sinking in that democracy is for EVERYBODY, not just people they approve of.

        • willi0000000

          it’s not really sinking in . . . it’s more like it’s written on nails and being pounded in.

          [ . . . and we need a much bigger hammer! ]

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The 1850’s, how did they work?

      • LesBontemps

        Not very well, really.

        • Bad Hombre Ron

          I wonder if people in the 1890s used to look back at 1850 and think, good times?

          • willi0000000

            too many idiots still look back at the 1850s nostalgically.

        • Mr Canoehead

          So this shit was happening in the same time period as the movie Frozen?

    • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre

      The Spanish parallels are a little eerie – the government’s secular actions inflaming deeply religious individuals (Catholics there, evangelicals here), a government model trying to move leftward while facing tension from hard-right factions, an undercurrent of nationalism and authoritarian beliefs using a “strong man” as a lightning rod (Franco, Trump). It’s not an unreasonable conclusion to draw.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

        Thank you. :) I wont claim to be an expert, I got into SCW because I found some awesome female wargame minis for the Republican faction, but as I was reading Beevor, and some others, it started to click.

    • JVisconti

      The Lincoln Brigade . Heroes still not acknowledged in their fight against Fascism before Pearl Harbor woke us up.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

        Indeed. At one point, the Lincoln Brigade was commanded by a black man born in Cuba. :)

      • Bad Hombre Ron

        It still gobsmacks me that there was something called ‘Premature Antifascism.’

    • Randy Riddle

      A few years back, I saw a presentation by a historian who analyzed Northern and Southern newspapers in the years leading to the Civil War.

      It was fascinating how most of the Southern papers became more and more hysterical and filled with fewer and fewer facts. It was like the North and South existed in two separate worlds – one grounded in reality and the other in some kind of paranoid racist and bigoted fantasy.

      Just sayin’.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

        Well, that’s reassuring. XD

        I did not know that, but it’s really something. All this is about loss of privilege, and about how they know how they treat minorities when they can get away with it, and are terrified of the shoe being on the other foot.

        • Erala Contratista

          I guess the poor things thought times never change. Pharaoh thought a tomb full of stuff was good for eternity. That didn’t work out too well, either.

          • Bad Hombre Ron

            Oh, I dunno, they still seem to be famous thousands of years later, so there’s that.

          • Nastyinencinitas

            Yeah, but Indiana Jones done took their stuff!

          • willi0000000

            there’s plenty more grain where that came from.

          • redarmyzombie

            Obviously, not enough snakes.

        • Randy Riddle

          That. And a helluva lot of anger that a Black man got elected to the highest office in the country.

          • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

            Yup. POTUSing while Black.

      • Nasty Astraea

        With the internet, there is no geographical limit to the crazy!

        • Randy Riddle

          I know. Why couldn’t Al Gore have kept the Intertubes away from those pesky rural voters?

    • goonemeritus

      Nicolae Ceaușescu last words – “can’t happen here”

    • OneYieldRegular

      Was he wrapped in a Confederate flag?

      • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

        Nope. A good liberal.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Ratfucking at the county level. That there is some grassroots politics.

  • BadKitty904

    It would be nice to see NC’s Governor and legislature spend even half as much of the time/effort they spend on preventing Americans from voting in actually addressing the state’s real problems.

    • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

      That’s jus’ crazee tawk, Kitty!

      • BadKitty904

        I can dream, can’t I?

        • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

          Sure can. If enough of us dream it, we can believe it, and make it real.

          • BadKitty904

            One reason why I so love our country and believe it’s worth fighting for.

          • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

            Me too, Darlin’. I’m not giving up yet. :)

          • BadKitty904

            “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

            ~ WiInston Churchill

          • Nastyinencinitas

            Let’s get our oil changed, eat a burrito, and then ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH! For God and Country!

          • BadKitty904

            ‘K, NOW YOU”RE TALKIN’!!! Cry ‘HAVOC’!

          • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

            Roger that, affirm. :)

          • Mr Canoehead

            “Never give up. Never surrender.”

            -Cmdr. Peter Quincy Taggart

    • Thanksgiving Loki

      Like transgender people using public restrooms! THE HORROR!

      • BadKitty904

        Yah, you know, the important stuff…(which, coincidentally, has cost NC millions of dollars in revenue and taxes).

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Well, actually addressing the state’s real problems would involve them removing themselves from public life.

      We can’t have that.

      • BadKitty904

        I’ve said repeatedly that the Republican Party has done more damage to the United States than ANY of America’s other enemies.

        • Bad Hombre Ron

          Feature, not bug.

    • At the corner, turn left

      Tsk. Logic. You should know better by now.

      • BadKitty904

        See response to Anna below.

  • IOnlyLikeCats
    • Villago Delenda Est

      Boring. Involves compassion for some brown/Muslim person. Needs moar tiger shrimp for anyone in the Village to care about it.

      • IOnlyLikeCats

        She probably wants to help her come here so she can get American citizenship and use trickery and a time machine to vote for her.

        • cmd

          And her whole family of 650,000 million.

  • JVisconti

    Chickens all across NC say haven’t we be fucked enough?

  • baconzgood

    Isn’t NC also a “state” that got rid of same day registration too also?

    • Gentle Robot

      NC tried to get rid of same day registration and the first week of early voting (aka the week a large percentage of black citizens voted) but were forced to resume it by a court order.

  • Callyson
  • Lefty Frizzell

    Truly we owe The Blacks an SC that will reinstate the whole voting rights act if they can help us keep Trump out.

  • Edita Espinosa (Edith Prickly)

    Dear North Carolina: why are you so fucking awful?

    — Decent People Everywhere

    • churl

      Dems outnumber GOPers here, but we have been gerrymandered into nothingness.

      • nightmoth

        Kind of the same with Georgia—Republicans outnumber Democrats anyway, but the state has been gerrymandered until Democrats have no representation.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    James O’Keefe should document some of this in an explosive exposé – “How The Election Is Really Stolen!!!11!!!ghazi”

  • Good_Trouble_Yall

    You guys? I’m sorry, but I just cannot with this election anymore. I know there’s only one week to go but honestly, it’s not even the thought of the next week so much as the promise of how much suck the next 4 or 8 years is gonna be full of. Somebody talk me off this ledge. Or else come join me on it. There’s a lovely view and I have vodka.

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      I’ve got chocolate and popcorn whether you choose to to stay on the ledge or not. You should take a few days off and then come back. It’s very refreshing.

    • Jen B_VA

      If you let them wear you down, they win. And it is not just you personally who will be harmed if they win.
      It is really as simple as that.
      Suggestion: Drink vodka today, maybe watch Steel Magnolias

      • BadKitty904

        Hear, hear. As a redhead – and therefore stubborn as the Dem donkey – all this GOP bullshittery does is make me lay my ears back, lower my head, and dig in my front hooves. I’ll be DAMNED if I’ll let them wear me down or get away with this.

        Change isn’t given away, it’s earned. C’mon, y’all, we’re liberals – we HAVE to be tough. We can do this!

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4c4be99245f728249966a0a780f10bdf2c1b4b4344755a6bb23e79431c18923.jpg

        • Nastyinencinitas

          Great! Now you’ve invited the Onion Ninjas in! Really, thanks. So apt. Hearts.

    • nothingisamiss

      I’m with you. I just can’t. My anger over this particular bullshit has turned to depression. Help me, Obi-wan!

      • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

        I know. I was so angry about Comey the other night….

        Depression is anger turned inwards. Why are you angry at yourself because of assholes?

        Give yourself a little break. So something fun, watch a comedy or something that makes you happy. Try to rest your mind. The fight isn’t over yet. :)

      • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre

        You can’t fight the good fight without rest, without stepping back for a little bit. Everyone gets ground down after a while. It’s okay, take a self-care break. We’ll mind the store while you take care of yourself.

      • Lascauxcaveman

        I sometimes wish I lived in a swing state. It would be SO cathartic to organize and rebuff the ratfuckers. But I live where the good guys are always the winners. (At least in terms of voting rights.)

    • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre

      It’s okay to be nervous. I’m nervous – you’d have to be a damn fool not to be at least a little bit. But I think we get very, very good at convincing ourselves that the worst is going to happen. The playing field still favors her, the electoral math still favors her, and I sincerely doubt that she’s going to even make one-quarter the effort at bipartisanship that Obama tried in 2008 – they come at her, she’s going to come right back just as hard.

      • churl

        She has decades of vengeance waiting to be served cold. Very cold. If she is 1/100th the evil witch that GOPers think, then they should be digging some very deep bunkers.

        • Courser

          Agreed. For all her pretty campaign talk, I think she’s going to put the hammer down on all these shit-stained fools.

          • Mr Canoehead

            Also too, she has the ground game. And you can help with that. GOTV.

      • Courser

        Oh please, please, please let it be true. Please, Goddess, let us take the Senate so we can have a full, functional Supreme Court again. The House may be too big an ask, but can I? Please? Pretty, pretty please with sugar on top?

        That’s about all I got at this point.

        • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre

          Senate is holding steady – probably either 51-49 or 52-48 for the blue side. Nevada is a little less steady than I’d like, but CCM is still the favorite over Heck.

          Plus, just saw Moody’s Analytics forecast (which has been right every year since 1980) that predicts a Clinton win. So this may help buoy your spirits.
          https://twitter.com/CNN/status/793496951228604416

          • Courser

            That really does lift my spirits! Thank you!

      • Good_Trouble_Yall

        Thank you! That actually helps. XD

    • Mmm… ledgevodka…

    • At the corner, turn left

      I know what you mean. I don’t even live in the States any more and I have the gallopin’ heebie-jeebies about this election. Wonkette is about the only thing keeping me even fractionally sane.

    • MizzMazz

      I know. It’s scary as fuck, and I have cried in the first time since I don’t know when, crying over what’s happening in our country. But you know what? we not only have vodka, we have VOTES, and I am sanguine, what according to Zoe means hopeful, but also bloody.

      I really don’t know if that was helpful.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer
        • MizzMazz

          One of my faves. We got to see Yar again!

          • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

            Probably the best stand-alone episode, just above ‘Tapestry’, ‘Darmok’ , and ‘The Inner Light’. :)

            I love that line by Picard, and I love Ambassador-class starships. Also too, every line uttered by Captain Rachel Garret could have come out of the mouths of Kirk, Picard, or Sisko with no changes. :)

    • Courser

      I’m right there with ya – only with weed.

    • OneYieldRegular

      Vodka! You’re so lucky. I’ve been reduced to drinking Molotov cocktails.

    • redarmyzombie

      Waaaay ahead of you…

  • CountryClubJihadi

    Can we have a Wonkette Badvent Calendar for the next 7 days to count down to Uncivil War?

    • Nastyinencinitas

      I’m going to be holed up in the campaign office where esprit de corps will carry me through the next week.

      • cmd

        I took a pie to mine.

  • Jen B_VA

    Huh. How interesting all this stuff is happening right after we don’t renew the fair voting acts.
    Amazing coincidence

    • BadKitty904

      “Scalia’s Curse” lives on…

      • willi0000000

        if i remember correctly (always doubtful with us olds) it was roberts that wrote the opine on the VRA . . . you know . . . old strike my balls

        • BadKitty904

          I do believe you’re correct, in re: Roberts. Serves me right for trying to do ten things at once and not paying attention…

      • redarmyzombie

        I knew we should have salted and burned that bastard…

        • BadKitty904

          Crossroads. Midnight. Sharpened ashwood stake. You know what to do.

    • Ray in VT

      And what an amazing coincidence that most of the people being affected are minorities. I mean who would have thought?

    • Carpe Vagenda

      But racism is over.

  • Antonin Dvorak
  • Antonin Dvorak
  • DainBramage
    • BadKitty904

      I know that look. He’s/She’s just committed/is about to commit some outrage.

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    This tactic is called “caging”, which I thought was illegal?

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      Do you know how many laws Republicans have broken in just like the last week? Because I don’t and I’d love someone to break it down for me.

      • Jen B_VA

        That would be an interesting story.

      • BadKitty904

        Then compare it to a list of how many of these GOP crimes were actually prosecuted.

        • Bad Hombre Ron

          Criswell Predicts: none.

        • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

          “Law and Order” Republicans.

          pffft.

      • redarmyzombie

        All of them, Katie.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Funny you should mention that. Because speaking of blatant Republican ratfucks to take votes away from Democrats,

      According to documents filed with the state of Utah, the person responsible for filing the paperwork to register Gary Johnson’s “Our America Initiative” is Maureen Otis, a Texas attorney with deep roots in the far-right Minutemen movement, and with Republican Party voter-suppression dirty tricks. Otis’s Texas law office is listed as the mailing address for Johnson’s “Our America Initiative.”

      Maureen Otis has a long history with far-right anti-immigration vigilante groups. Just a few years ago, Otis served as board secretary for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, which the Southern Poverty Law Center described as a “nativist extremist” group that “targets individual immigrants rather than immigration policies.” That Minuteman outfit collapsed after donation funds went missing, much of it paid to Maureen Otis’s own private company, “American Caging,” a company that
      specializes in “caging as the name implies.

      “Caging” was used by Bush operatives to suppress the minority vote in 2000 and 2004. Slate offered this definition of vote “caging”:

      “Vote caging is an illegal trick to suppress minority voters(who tend to vote Democrat) by getting them knocked off the voter rolls if they fail to answer registered mail sent to homes they aren’t living at (because they are, say, at college or at war).”

      Maureen Otis’ clients for American Caging included nonprofits set up for Alan Keyes, a fundraiser for Jerry Falwell’s Liberty Alliance, and other assorted homophobic Christian groups.

      • Antonin Dvorak

        It takes huevos to literally name your company after the illegal act you specialize in.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          I think it says a lot about glibertarian voters that none of this disturbed them.

      • chortlingdingo

        That’s just fucking evil.

  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

    I almost backed out last week, but now I’m glad I bought my ticket and will be in the Charlotte area to work with Election Protection.
    I hope all of the other Wonky lawyers out there can pitch in:
    http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/election-protection-volunteers

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Good for you! The progressives of America send their thanks!

  • Jgb979

    You know you could try running candidates who aren’t insane idiot sex monsters or who haven’t cost the state a half billion dollars to eff over LBGT people.

    Im sure this is just as good. North Carolina just needs to divide at this point.

    • Jen B_VA

      No. They get none of it.
      We won that war already

    • baconzgood

      But then Wonkette will just be us spewing dick jokes for no reason.

      • Shan the Nasty Libtart

        Dick jokes are their own reason.

      • TJ Barke

        I fail to see a problem…

      • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

        You know where *else* Klingon males have ridges?

        • NastyBosGrl

          Don’t tell me, I’ve already been in love with Michael Dorn for 30 years.

          • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

            XD Me too!

            *and* ,he’s an aviation Geek like me! *flutters*

    • BadKitty904

      East and West Carolina represent!!!

      • Bec Jenn

        I had one sibling go to East and the other West. I can tell you, when I wore the shirt in AZ, I had a LOT of people wondering if it was some sort of joke.

  • churl

    As a resident of NC, I can tell you that it is beyond time for DOJ intervention, but they have done nothing that I know of, and, of course, the FBI is an arm of the GOP, so they have done nothing that I know of. It is also noteworthy that those counties are where they latest round of flooding have screwed voters also.

    • DT

      They legally can’t until someone has ALREADY been disenfranchised, thanks to the SCoTUS gutting the Voting Rights Act.

  • Nounverb911

    Here’s a happy nice time from yesterday:

    https://twitter.com/masterwilliams/status/793214520655122432

    • cmd

      Cool. I had not seen that, although I did see a clip of him and Michelle dancing to Thriller.

      • Nastyinencinitas

        So funny. Did you find yourself not even looking at him. When Michelle is on the stage, she really gets all my attention. She’s radiant.

        • cmd

          You are probably right. But they are cute together.

  • cmd

    Also, too, I think I read somewhere that the mail addressed to the voters was marked “do not forward.”

  • At the corner, turn left

    Somehow I’m reminded of the words of Alexis de Tocqueville on the differences on the north and south sides of the Ohio River.

    “The banks of the Ohio River,” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831, “provided the final demonstration…[that] time and again, in general, the colony that had no slaves was more populous and prosperous than the one where slavery was in force.” Tocqueville described Kentucky as being a place where “society has gone to sleep…[where] it is nature that seems active and alive, whereas man is idle.” The neighboring state Ohio, on the other hand, “on all sides [has] evidence of comfort; man appears rich and contented; he works.” (Tocqueville, 1835)

    Replace ‘slaves with ‘Republicans’ and ‘slavery’ with ‘Republicanism’, and you pretty much have anywhere Republicans hold sway.

    • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

      I need to read De Tocqueville, I really do.

      • nightmoth

        Yes, do! He was on target with a lot of stuff.

        • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

          I’ve seen him quoted so often, and always with such insight.

      • redarmyzombie

        He’s a good read, just maybe glance over a little when he starts talking about The Jews…

        • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

          OK. :) I guess a man of his time, huh? Thank you for the advisory.

  • Panika MCD

    in theory they’d be asking voters to check their registration status multiple times a year. a lot of people check their status before the first election they vote in during the year like, say, the presidential primary. so he may have checked his reg then and assumed it was still good this week. and now these assholes come along.

  • Scooby

    Now I know why I stopped getting my Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons.

  • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre

    Okay, 1) You can only call Congress into session for “extraordinary” circumstances, and only if they are adjourned (which, thanks to pro-forma sessions to prevent recess appointments, they never are), 2) You still haven’t said what the “replacement” is.
    https://twitter.com/jamiedupree/status/793485864433254404

    • Señor Taco Hombre

      He will call it the “T-Rump Parliament”.

    • cmd

      Idiot.

    • Nounverb911

      Before or after he gets inaugurated?

      • Bad Hombre Ron

        Inaugurated, elected, placed in power by the SA, it’s all good.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Hillary Clinton wants a national dance party. She doesn’t understand the meanness. She may be a former Secretary of State, senator, and First Lady, but she also an adorable grandmother who just wants us all to get along and have fun!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      This, right here, is the horror Hillary would bring down on all of us:

      https://youtu.be/wh3i3vWgPyk

    • Courser

      Please, don’t do Dance Party. I can’t use Disqus when that happens.

  • nightmoth

    Holy dry milk cow!!! I’m going up to Carolina tomorrow, and Cumberland County is right next door. I’m wondering what I can do.

    • sbanthony

      Contact the local Dem or Hillz committee and they will be dancing to have more on the ground help.

  • Panika MCD

    yeah, the registering when you get your driver’s license thing can be awful in red states. in TX, we’ve seen problems with it because if you update your address online (yes, we can do that; no, we cannot register online, just update things) it goes directly to the SOS and your local voter registrar (usually the Tax Assessor-Collector for no apparent reason); but if you update your voter reg when you get a new license, it has to be printed out, mailed to the voter registrar of your county and then mailed to SOS. it’s ridonks.

    • chortlingdingo

      I’m in Texas and I was able to update my DL address and my voter’s registration address online with no problems when I moved this summer. I got a new certificate of voter registration in the mail and that was that.

      Maybe the voter bit varies by county?

      • Panika MCD

        it’s when you go in to update your driver’s license in person. if you update your DL online, it asks if you want to update your voter reg and then links you over to SOS rather than going the difficult way around.

        • chortlingdingo

          Ah, that makes sense.

  • proudgrampa
  • Anna Elizabeth, Chief Engineer

    When you hear someone say “well, voting doesn’t really matter” then please ask that someone to explain why the GOPers keep doing these damned illegal things to keep people from voting!

  • Bad Hombre Ron

    North Carolina law allows individual citizens to challenge other people’s eligibility to vote.

    Lemme guess, the individual’s name is ‘Jim Crow,’ isn’t it?

    • weejee

      Quoth the raven, evermore.

  • TheGrandWaz00

    Reason #3403 why I could never be a Republican:

    I couldn’t spend all day every day thinking of ways to fuck people over.

  • We have some bold and unbelievably dedicated progressives in our county in NC. In 2014 they formed The Watauga County Voting Rights Task Force and sued the State Board of Elections and won their case involving the local BOE closing down polling places prior to the elections.

    This is what real patriotism looks like.

    Here’s a link to a list of the bad guys:

    https://alliedprogress.org/research/somethingsnc/

    • Brendan_M

      If Appalachian State students can’t make it to their polling location at the top of Grandfather Mtn., perhaps they simply don’t care enough about voting.

      • Señor Taco Hombre

        That’s Grandfather Mtn in the Karakorum, BTW

        • Objectifer

          Like Reinhold Messner, I vote alpine style.

    • BadKitty904

      *THIS* is what *real* Americans do.

      • redarmyzombie

        SUCK IT, PALIN!

        …sorry, force of habit…

        • BadKitty904

          Perfectly understandable…

    • HooverVilles

      Yes ^^^^THIS^^^^
      What BadKitty904 said!

  • pgjack

    USA, an allegedly first world nation with a third world electoral system. Solution, registration comes with social security card and lasts till death.

    • weejee

      ‘Cept if your last name is (R) or tRump.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Long form birth certificate

    • Bad Hombre Ron

      I would have said ‘Why don’t they do that now?’ until I started finding out about voter suppression like this. Now I know.
      It’s so different Up Here. The various levels of government fall all over themselves registering people whether asked to or not. Pay taxes? You’re a voter. Drive a car? You’re a voter. Be BORN? You’re a voter.

      • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

        I was happy to see that when I started community college back in January, a young lady was offering us voter registration forms as we stood in line to get our student id’s.
        Made it super convenient.

  • JVisconti

    On another note, my city officials announced voting will be held at the library, and Trump supporters said ‘What’s a library?’

    • Villago Delenda Est

      /rimshot

    • MynameisBlarney

      That can’t possibly be true!

      If it was, they’d have asked, “What’s a liberry?”

    • borninatrailer

      The Trump campaign probably considers that voter suppression.

    • Jen B_VA

      Must be nice. Hubs and I have to drive 45 minutes and go vote at a church. Never mind the 3 different public schools right in my 20 minute radius and how they JUST had an inservice day off, which they could have made on voting day instead, like in normal states.

      • Señor Taco Hombre

        I would consider that suppression.

      • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

        Was going to early vote, but my polling place is the elementary school I attended just a 2 minute drive from home.

    • JVisconti

      Excuse my hyperbole as I may attend a Trump voter’s child’s wedding in the future, But the message is if any of you don’t show up on election day … then again I’m hopeful I am preaching to the choir.

  • goonemeritus

    But Democrats are rigging the election by encouraging citizens to vote so both side do it.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Well…ain’t THIS some shit?

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512564898

    Seems trumpy had a server set up to communicate DIRECTLY with a fuckin Russian bank.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Well, American banks won’t take his calls, because he’s a deadbeat.

    • Señor Taco Hombre

      Yep. Just like the one Obama has one to talk to Putin.

      https://i.ytimg.com/vi/qjN9yK4lhxU/hqdefault.jpg

    • theblackdog

      A cybersecurity expert came back and said that slate’s article is BS. The server in question is one that a lot of hotel chains use and sometimes if something pings Port 25, it will answer back to see if the ping was from a legit E-mail server or something else. https://twitter dot com/randomvariable/status/793250224315756544

      EDIT: Does anyone know how to make a link to a tweet behave in Disqus?!

      • anwisok

        That’s bullshit. Even if it were true, why was the Trump server taken down immediately after the bank was asked about it? And then, when it was set back up with a different address, was the VERY FIRST CONTACT from the bank?

        https://ballinyourcourt.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/e-discovery-lessons-from-the-huma-abedin-e-mails/

        • theblackdog

          What does this link about the Abedin Emails have to do with the “secret Trump server”?

          • anwisok

            Whoops! Must have replied to the wrong post. Sorry!

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      Rebecca’s first post has a bit of that covered in the FBI Managed to Light a Fire…. Go nerds! Hoping to get some talking heads on this story.

  • Señor Taco Hombre

    It you can’t win by argument, take away other’s constitutional rights.

  • anwisok
  • Bill Slider

    When I lived in Virginia, where voter registration does not include party affiliation, the State Board of Elections purged those names of people who had not voted in a certain number of previous general elections. I think the number of elections missed was 3, but that was 30 years ago. That had the effect of purging everyone who voted only during Presidential elections, as Virginia elects state legislators and their governor in odd number years, as does Kentucky and either New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

  • Gorillionaire

    Greetings from Guilford Co, NC! People are turning out to vote early here, but the lines are long and the wait is 45 min to an hour. In the 2012 I remember going in and skipping out in a matter of minutes, but back then we had lots of places to choose from.

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      Good work, Comrade~!

    • Ray in VT

      That sounds too easy. It just won’t do.

  • willi0000000

    once again . . . with five-part harmony . . . FUCK YOU JOHN ROBERTS

  • Nounverb911
  • Joe Beese

    BREAKING: Freshly dumped Podesta email, sent to Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills hours after the NYT broke the story of the private email server, says:

    we are going to have to dump all those emails so better to do so sooner than later

    http://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/41841

    • Señor Taco Hombre

      What river did they dump them into?

      • Joe Beese

        No need. Just wipe the servers with a cloth.

        • Objectifer

          A little bleach helps too.

    • ZangoCrudmonger

      Dump, as in erase? That’s a paddlin.

    • BadKitty904

      Speaking personally, I’ve yet to meet a single liberal OR conservative who’s even mentioned this new “email” dumbfuckery. All I hear I hear from both is how gotdamn sick they are of this whole freekin’ election.

      • jmk

        My persistent stalker troll brought it up as he crowed “game over.”

        He’s been wrong about everything else, so that kind of made me think he’d be wrong about that also too.

    • NastyBosGrl

      It’s going to come down to, the only secure way to communicate will be the ASL alphabet into someone’s hand.

    • Mezzaluna

      Rats. I was hoping for more recipes from Mr. Podesta.

  • MamaBrown

    How they can look in the mirror in the morning and not just drop to the floor, writhing in self loathing, I’ll never know.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Because they’ve been raised to believe that the only thing they have to be to be admirable people is white.

      • MamaBrown

        Sigh. True.

      • chortlingdingo

        And nominally christian.

    • BadKitty904

      You’re assuming their reflection will actually appear in a mirror.

      • MamaBrown

        Fair.

  • Objectifer

    When your party’s primary strategy for winning hinges on preventing people from voting, maybe it’s time for an agonizing reappraisal.

  • SpaceCaptainWarlock

    No, Trump is still wrong. This isn’t voter fraud. This is election fraud.

    • BadKitty904

      Valid distinction, that.

    • doktorzoom

      Well, yeah, sure, if you want to get all picky about words, sure. But he has the best words. And this is fraud against voters, plus a rigged election, so WINNING!

      also, emails.

  • Iam Reading

    Guys, I know there are rules here. But seriously?! I honestly believe that anyone in this country that attempts to interfere with somebody else’s right to vote should be put up against the wall, briefly, with votes.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    This is a little happier

    — A surprising number of low-propensity voters have voted early so far. About 3.73 million ballots have already been cast in Florida, compared to a total of 8.5 million votes that were cast in 2012, including on Election Day. More than 400,000 of the registered Democrats who have voted early have either not voted in the past three elections or voted just once. Among Republicans, that number is 336,000. Of the nearly 200,000 registered Hispanic Democrats who have already voted, 50 percent fall into that category.

    So Trump is right. He really did bring in new voters.

  • dshwa

    But the racisms is dead! John Roberts said so!

  • Michael Loraine

    How about in 2018 we challenge Each and Every Republican’s voter registration? Timing must be arranged so that they have one day to respond or else their vote doesn’t count.

  • Carpe Vagenda

    and speaking of fucking with people who want to vote,

    A federal judge has ordered the Republican National Committee to explain in detail whether it is running any poll watching or “ballot security” operations in conjunction with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

    In a sweeping order just days before Election Day, U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez gave the RNC until Wednesday evening to submit or explain any agreements that it has with Mr. Trump’s campaign, written or oral. The order came as part of a Democratic complaint alleging the GOP was in violation of a three-decade old legal settlement restricting RNC poll watching activities.

    The judge also ordered the party to explain statements made by Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence that the RNC was working with the Trump campaign to ensure ballot integrity and combat voter fraud.

    As part of a settlement in a 1982 lawsuit brought by Democrats, the national Republican Party is forbidden from poll watching or ballot security activities without court approval. The prohibition doesn’t apply to candidates or state parties.

    • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

      What’s kind of scary is increasingly, it doesn’t matter what federal courts may say or order Republicans to do. They just don’t do it, and furthermore they don’t get any negative headlines for it–not in a universe in which the press leaps to attention and brings down a presidential campaign when Jason Chaffetz and James Comey snap their fingers, but ignores months of evidence of voter intimidation, suppression, and disenfranchisement.

      In a growing number of states over recent months, federal judges (mostly the non-Republicans who remain on the federal bench, plus the dwindling handful of old-fashioned Republicans who still stand by the constitution and the rule of law) have instructed Republicans to stop their disenfranchisement tactics. In state after state, Republicans have either ignored these instructions altogether, or have “complied” so slowly and tortuously that it didn’t interfere in the least with their tactics.

      Republicans increasingly govern by obstruction, nullification, propaganda and fiat.

      They are now preemptively declaring that voters might as well just vote for Trump, because they’re going to use their power in Congress to destroy Hillary anyhow, and they’re not going to allow her to make any nominations, so why bother voting for a Democrat? (This is pure Frank Luntz–bet on it.)

      Members of the Beltway press seem to find this a perfectly reasonable argument, by the way–their golden boy Paul Ryan, who is their new John McCain now that the old one is just too sleazy and icky even for Washington reporters, just made this declaration in a press gathering, and all the assembled reporters nodded sagely, and nobody screamed, Are you fucking crazy, Mr. Speaker, do you not realize that’s extortion?

      Republicans have already left the constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the United States of America far behind.

      Democrats still live in the USA, playing by the rules like a bunch of saps, and they don’t seem to be even a little bit aware that they’re about to be crushed by the right-wing post-democracy–that we all are.

      • BadKitty904

        As I’ve mentioned once already today – and, I’m sure – many more times before next Tuesday, the Republican Party is the most dangerous enemy the United States faces today.

        • Vagendadentacohontas

          We have nothing to fear but ourselves….

      • GHERKINS OF TRUTH!

        Republicans have already left the constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the United States of America far behind.

        A prime example: “We don’t have to hold any hearings on Supreme Court Nominations” despite the Constitution (Art. II, Sect 2, clause 2) clearly saying the “the President shall have the Power… and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Judges of the supreme Court,”

        SHALL APPOINT. There’s no fucking wiggle room there.

        Republicans have simply nullified this section of the Constitution, and nobody has stopped them.

        • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

          The only part of the Constitution that really matters any more is the 2nd Amendment.

          • Odd Jørgensen

            Oh, they disregard a large section of that too. Especially that silly “regulated” bit, because who needs fucking regulations? Guns for everyone!!!

    • a nasty feminist

      i expect follow up on this wednesday or thursday morning latest

  • The Nasty Librarian!

    Why resort to such nefarious actions if your candidate is “winning”? Oh, he isn’t? What a bunch of sore, pathetic losers.

  • The Bird in a Red Pantsuit

    I wish Jimmy Carter would come and monitor our elections. Trump should be arrested for impersonating a rational human being.

  • starkitty

    “Depending on skin color, actual rights may vary”

    Hmm…so don’t get heavily tanned before voting?

    I’m not being snarky…okay, actually I am…but there are people raised in these deep south omg neurotic post slavery states who are actually uncomfortable speaking with a heavily tanned Europeans. Or East Indians. Or Samoans. Or Native Americans. Or Italians. Or Greeks. FFS these people are COMPLETELY obsessed with skin tone.

    Irony? Icelandic and Norwegian people–extreme pale skin and eyes– probably look strange to them too. YOU CANNOT WIN WITH CRAZY.

  • gratuitous

    If Republicans used one-tenth the ingenuity they employ to deny people their right to vote toward actual governance, maybe they wouldn’t have to go to such lengths to deny people’s right to vote.

    I wonder if Republicans would be receptive to citizens’ Second Amendment rights being subject to this sort of capricious interference?

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    The NC GOP is just encouraging blacks to leave the Democratic Plantation.

    • OrG

      um if this isn’t snark FUCK YOU

  • ZangoCrudmonger

    Damn I feel fortunate not having to wait in long lines and deal with republican vote suppression. I just checked online here in Oregon and it shows my ballot was received 10/25. Woot. If it wasn’t shown as being dropped off, I’ve a week to sort it out.

    • cynmac’s bigly nasty pussy

      I just early voted here in GA and it was just walk on up today.

    • Sister Artemis

      I’m with ya, Zango. I’ve bitched here and elsewhere about how much I miss precinct voting and the sense of community it brings (also, hard store bought cookies and nice old people staffing tables). But early voting and voting by mail sure make it easy.

      I keep seeing these pitches for making Election Day a national holiday, which I’m kinda “meh” on because obviously many people still have to, or want to work, including folks at the center of ballot counting once the actual deadline has hit, Sort of seems cruel to cut the election workers out of the holiday they’re facilitating for the rest of us. And, with early voting, which really just means “an extended voting period of days or weeks” you wouldn’t really need a national holiday.

      Now, Inauguration Day, the day of our tradition of Peaceful Transfer of Power, makes a lot of sense as a national holiday, in my opinion. But in the meantime, I can’t even get up the energy to lobby for having the state of Oregon include an “I voted” sticker in our ballot envelopes. Maybe for the midterms?

  • whitroth

    One question: did *any* of those letters say, on the outside of the envelope, “Please Forward”? Or where they just a mass mailing, which doesn’t usually get forwarded?

    So, if they *didn’t* get forwarded, when there was a forwarding address, doesn’t that get such challenges tossed?

    • Kooolest G

      we’ll have to look in to that, we’re real busy right now though, probably can’t get to it until next wednesday.
      -governor mcrory

    • cmd

      I know I read somewhere that they distinctly said Do Not Forward, although I am not sure where I read it. But it was on the Internet, so it has to be true. But as I recall it was not a flaky source. And of course a relevant fact like that is likely to be left out of many stories.

  • Kooolest G

    fuck having jimmy carter and the UN monitor NC elections, I want the black panthers to “monitor” these racist crackers

    • JH Marx

      With a few Members of the Nation of Islam, also too.

  • nasty taco truck vagenda

    I can’t even, today. Republicans openly engage in voter suppression, and not a peep from the MSM. Trump spews demonstrably false bullshit about the newly discovered emails that NO ONE knows anything about, and the MSM let it go unchallenged. Trump’s past (and present) is a veritable cornucopia of fraud, corruption, bankruptcy, lies, financial ties to a hostile foreign government, adultery, screwing creditors, sleaze, misogyny, racism, bullying and sexual assault. Yet the MSM, with precious few exceptions, has chosen to ignore all these issues to focus obsessively on Hillary’s emails and their own decades-long narrative of her “untrustworthiness.”

    Their utter failure to consider the policies of the two candidates has favored Trump, since he has no policies; and their false equivalencies masquerading as objective journalism have further poisoned the well for Hillary. They have functioned as de facto Trump surrogates. And after they’ve done everything in their power to get the most unqualified candidate ever to run for the presidency elected*, we’ll be subjected to months, if not years, of journalistic hand wringing about the debased state of our democracy.

    *Yes, I think Trump will win. And yes, I check in with 538 and yes I know that presidential races tighten just before the election. I also know that no one, republicans included, took Trump seriously when he started running. Look what happened.

    • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

      Damn…now I have no other comments for the rest of the day. You said it all here.

    • OrG

      I feel you,but this is still Hillary if dems just go vote.

      • cmd

        I think so too.

      • KMTBERRY

        Isn’t the point of this article that Dems are actively being PREVENTED from voting? Hillary NEEDS North Carolina

    • Trump’s past (and present) is a veritable cornucopia of fraud, corruption, bankruptcy, lies, financial ties to a hostile foreign government, adultery, screwing creditors, sleaze, misogyny, racism, bullying and sexual assault.

      this is a perfect sentence. and how i feel. however, i am still hopeful we will not elect this…thing.

  • BadKitty904

    I have repeatedly – if the Republicans cannot win the election fairly, they will steal it.

    • OrG

      Republicans haven’t “fairly” won a presidential election since Eisenhour

  • I am a peaceful person, but there is an unholy rage consuming me right now. I hate these un-American POSs with every ounce of my being.

    • OrG

      Yep,I don’t know you deal with it,but I do vodka and weed{legal here }

  • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

    Dok, you know I love you, but I think you meant Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, not district. In fed court is two different things, no such thing as a fourth district court of appeals.

    Sorry to be “that guy”, but I took a test on this a month or two ago and I know how this here dick joke blog prides itself on accuracy, unlike some media outlets we all know.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/us/federal-appeals-court-strikes-down-north-carolina-voter-id-provision.html

    • HazooToo

      Be that guy, every time. It makes it more enjoyable to pick apart trolls when you have your facts straight.

  • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

    “turnout for early voting in that county is down 85 percent from four years ago.”

    Meanwhile it’s breaking records here and I’m assuming in places all over the country. I’d bet a shiny nickel that is one of, if not the highest early voting disparity from last election in the country.

  • shoeflyin

    This is obscene. I want all the scotus jerks who invalidated the civil rights act to Apologize to these people.

  • chascates

    Voting while black.
    Driving while black.
    Walking while black.
    …..

    • OrG

      ………..while black

  • OrG

    GRRRRR

  • Cranky Man

    Let me guess.
    1) Both sides do it…
    2) Huh uhh, we did not target based on race or party affiliation….
    3) We just want want the election to be fair…
    4) emails, Bengazzeeee, moooozlems!

  • M_Baker

    Just please tell me that the courts fine the hell out of the N.C. Republican Party for this cheap and racist move.

  • Walter Wellstone

    And who said racist states like North Carolina don’t need adult supervision? Here’s your fucking proof they do.

  • alnnc

    I’m all for calling in the UN. North Carolina had been a fairly progressive state beginning in the 1970s despite sending Jesse Helms to DC. State politics were dominated by the Democratic party and other than Helms, most of the Republicans were fairly moderate. There were pockets of your more radical right in some areas, but that had little impact statewide. But I think someone put something in the drinking water around 200 that turned a large portion of the public into raging bigots with the sense of a turnip. We have refused to expand Medicaid, we cut off extended unemployment benefits 6 months earlier than every other state, our income tax cuts actually cost many lower income workers more because of sales tax hikes (proven by a handy on line calculator the legislature kindly provided, but still passed the law), the country knows about our voter disenfranchisement and LGBTQ discrimination, they are still not funding education as well as they were in 2007. But like Wisconsin, they are trying to freeze tuition in state universities, so those will fall further behind.

    We even have the executive director of the state GOP issuing emails to every county reminding the Boards of Elections they work for the Republican party, not the citizens of the state, and they had better pay attention to what benefits the party. Then proceeded to recite some of the tricks of the trade such as opening only one site in a county of 1 million people (fortunately partially overruled). And they deflect from all of this by concentrating strictly on the ID issue when some other parts of the law are even more of a problem. This is just a very short list of the travesties the GOP majority has visited on this state 6 short years. I have voted every year since 1972 and have discussed this election with many people, but I’m out of options if we don’t get a Democrat in the governor’s seat and in the White House and at least 50 in the Senate. So call in the UN. Please. And about 3 more liberal judges in the Supreme Court would be great too.

    • Dylan Black

      You’re knocking doors, right? The main thing right now is turnout, we HAVE the voters in this state, we just have to make sure we get butts to the polls, and knocking on their door and talking about it with them is the BEST WAY to apply social pressure to people to raise their likelihood of actually voting.

  • we were just outside truman college when the drugs took hold. i was terrifyling late, sid was right on time. only one of us had a job.

    we considered sex but mostly we had to vote.

    we fucking voted.

    somebody biked to the library.

    we bought subway.

    rock on uptown library.

    (THAT’S the chicago way.)

  • Michael Loraine

    Hey! Your new “Spoutable” X box makes your content impossible to view and crashes my browser whether I click on anything or not. Not good. I love Wonkette, but if yr site don’t work no more, what can I do? No point wonking.

  • Dylan Black

    I’m a Dem Organizer in NC and I just got off the phone with a young man from NYC who is going to FLY DOWN HERE and knock on doors with us this weekend to turn out voters so we can overcome all this garbage voter suppression with sheer numbers.

    I’m not saying every person who reads wonkette who lives outside NC should be flying or driving here ASAP to canvass and knock doors…but I’m definitely not NOT saying that :P

    • HazooToo

      I can’t make it, but you DO the damn thing! Do it, you’re awesome!

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