October 12, 2018 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Yes, We Get the Government We Deserve
Liberals hate that expression, but don't blame me. Blame people who don't vote.
Brian Kemp is the Republican candidate for Georgia governor running against Democrat Stacey Abrams. He’s also the secretary of state, the official in charge of voter rolls. Ideally, he would recuse himself from involvement in the duties of his current office while running for the state’s highest office. He isn’t.
Instead, there are about 53,000 registration applications pending approval, almost all from black voters, according to analysis by the Associated Press. That means the umpire, who is supposed to call balls and strikes impartially, is calling balls and strike for his team. And that’s why Georgia is all of a sudden getting a lot of attention.
Kemp’s corruption distills what the peerless Paul Waldman calls the entire point of Republican voting laws. The Post columnist said: “Republicans claim to worry about ‘voter fraud,’ and journalists dutifully repeat those claims because when one party says something over and over, you’re supposed to treat it as though it is serious.
But everyone knows it’s nonsense. Voter fraud is almost nonexistent, and Republicans aren’t motivated by some deeply held abstract principle about the integrity of elections that they apply whether it helps them or not.
It’s just a lie.
Paul is right, of course, but we should be careful. In expressing outrage for citizens being cheated out of their right to self-government, liberals run the risk of deepening distrust in the whole enterprise. That’s especially true if we’re wrong.
It looks like we were wrong. It turns out, those 53,000 voters can still vote, according to the ACLU of Georgia. It said that “all voters who have pending registration applications can still cast a regular ballot by presenting photo identification.”
This is from a Pro Publica outlet: