Russian voter disruption strategies piggyback on our ugliest election suppression tolerance in the US

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My rant:  Why are the estimated 3,000,000 largely African American and Latino American suppressed voters NOT completely considered as possible evidence of Russian tampering with the election, and therefore unworthy of INTEL scrutiny, now that we know voter suppression tampering with voter rolls was the primary method used by the Russians against the US? These Americans, per judicial evidence in courtroom after courtroom, went to vote and found their names removed. Let me spell it - three million. Three million Democratic votes suppressed in an election separated by 77,000 votes in key electoral college races. Some, but by no means, all of these violations were remedied in time for every suppressed vote to be cast and counted. How many total voters actually got their names reinstated was never determined due to a lack of interest and funding by our governing party, as well as a failure to so far staff the DOJ Voting Rights Department director position that would handle such a matter.

It is very possible, with endemic racism in this country, that voter suppression by Republican election boards is so widespread that it is a given and so obvious that it was screened out from further consideration by our heads of US INTEL as not relevant to the Russian effort, nor perceived as either a threat, a crime, or an injustice. Or, perhaps the Russians secretly helped designed Kris Kobach's voter suppression Cross Check electronic voting application that automatically and often illegally removed voter names from the rolls just days before the election was held, thus allowing for only marginal rectification for these voters and a certain win for then-candidate Trump, and that such a clever secret remains undiscovered. Or, perhaps the very thought of an election do-over is just too onerous a task to even contemplate by those who DID get to vote given the current angst and instability of the nation.

For whatever reason the actual cases of voter suppression in the 2016 election against people of color will not be considered part of the remarkable Russian strategy and only a little remarked part of the Republican strategy, I think that as a civilized democracy, we could, at the very least, make mention of why.

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Comment by Ron Powell on June 13, 2017 at 8:18pm

Your title is a one sentence post...

Comment by koshersalaami on June 13, 2017 at 8:34pm

You pose an excellent question. Why bother rigging election machines when you can take out a few million voters in plain sight?

Comment by Maui Surfer on June 13, 2017 at 8:38pm

Ditto to Ron.

Here's the thing, it will not stop. We are at an even more interesting crossroads as such a large portion of the USA population is credulous beyond the point of much hope. In addition to what you mention here they are such saps for useful idiot propaganda that the future looks increasingly bad for them ever becoming aware of how they are being played for saps.

Add that to the type of manipulation used on voter rolls and it will be one tough row to hoe.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 14, 2017 at 8:17am

By comparison, Russian hackers are rank amateurs.  Red State Republican legislatures, Secretaries of State county voter registrars have been stealing presidential and congressional elections since 2000.  Gerrymandered districts and purged voter registration lists are their life blood.

Comment by MV Neland on June 14, 2017 at 6:59pm

JMac1949...Perfect! And, true. And, oddly invisible to the naked eye.

Maui Surfer...say it ain't so!  I write to sow the seeds of greater awareness...let it NOT be for not.

Koshersalaami...scary, heh?

Ron Powell...cuz i was biting on my knuckles to keep from tearing my hair out while typing with my free hand.


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