Since the Obama Presidential elections, the issue of voter fraud has been a frequent topic with politicians. The premise is that Democratic candidates desire to loosen voting procedures with the hope that poorer people and minorities will then be better situated to vote for them. The possible racial implication of such contentions have not been adequately explained; it would seem that those who feel that certain groups are disenfranchised solely because of their race or economic status, are somehow intellectually handicapped in the sense that they do not know how to engage in the voting process. It could hardly be the claim that the law prohibits anyone of legal status from voting.
In a recent piece in the NY Times, it was reported that Mrs. Clinton accused Republicans generally of enacting state voting laws based on what she called “a phantom epidemic of election fraud” because they are “scared of letting citizens have their say.”
What is happening is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other. . .
In response, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey blasted Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for making ignorant statements about Republicans and their alleged efforts to curtail voting opportunities for some Americans. The yet-to-declare Presidential contender, sharply derided Clinton’s remarks to reporters, per the Huffington Post, Friday saying:
“Secretary Clinton doesn’t know the first thing about voting rights in New Jersey or in the other states that she attacked. My sense is that she just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud around the country.”
Regardless of the merit of the claims made by either candidate, it is not clear that Clinton will be able to tap into these so-called disenfranchised voters, at least to the degree needed to actually win the election- she lacks the momentous occasion of Obama’s campaigns. Her focus should be, as we have stated repeatedly, on the everyday worker- she definitely needs to “get that” if she hopes to win. We are surprised by her handlers who appear unsuited to grasp this fundamental truth.