Up on the Rolling Stone website: "Block the Vote," an investigative report by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast that reveals "a systemic program of 'GOP vote tampering' on a massive scale.
- Republican Secretaries of State in Colorado have purged one out of six names from the voter rolls--ten times the state's average rate of removal.
- 2.7 million new voters have had their registrations rejected under new registration provisions--which Kennedy sees as a return to Jim Crow-era tactics designed to block African-American and Latino/a voters.
- A fired US prosecutor has accused Republican of criminal acts in their attempts to label bona fide voters as fraudulent.
- In 2004, caging blocked 1.1 million voters from voting. Three weeks from now, says Palast and Kennedy, the numbers will be much higher.
Historically, stealing elections has been a non-partisan activity: both Democrats and Republicans were happy to disenfranchise voters and mess with the rolls and the ballots. But this new wave of GOP anti-voter activity has been part and parcel of the party's 1990s resurgence, according to Kennedy and Palast:
Suppressing the vote has long been a cornerstone of the GOP's electoral strategy. Shortly before the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, Paul Weyrich — a principal architect of today's Republican Party — scolded evangelicals who believed in democracy. "Many of our Christians have what I call the 'goo goo' syndrome — good government," said Weyrich, who co-founded Moral Majority with Jerry Falwell. "They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. . . . As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."
The Rolling Stone report details six areas where the GOP, empowered--ironically--by reforms created by the Help America Vote Act--has been eagerly blocking citizens from voting.