As civil rights groups warn of large-scale voter suppression tactics in multiple states, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow revealed that an opposite campaign is being waged on the right.
The host began the segment by reading a fundraising email from an organization called “True the Vote” — a “conservative vote-monitoring group” that suggested record-high voter registration numbers are a Democratic ploy to “break” the voting system.
“The radical Left will do anything to silence pro-Liberty voices,” the email read.
“They will lie. They will cheat. They will destroy,” the group added.
In short, Maddow noted that right-wingers are “freaking out about voter registration.”
The conservative group specifically flagged a spike in registrations in Texas — a state that’s not only seen record high numbers of people registering to vote, but that also requires registrations be processed by hand.
“Why do they have to process every voter registration application by hand? In a state that has tens of millions of people living in it? Why on Earth make it so hard?” Maddow mused. “Not only for people to register, but for those registrations to be processed, why make it so cumbersome?”
“Well, the more people vote, the more people who get their votes counted, the worse Republicans tend to do in U.S. elections,” she explained. “So when you’ve got Republican control of the legislature and the state government, like Republicans have in Texas, they know it’s to their own advantage to keep the voting process, to keep the voter registration process slow and screwy. Because that works for them just fine.”
“More people trying to register and trying to vote?” Maddow added. “That’s scary to them.”
She then linked the voter suppression tactics in Texas and Georgia to efforts in North Dakota to hinder Native Americans from voting, which were responded to by state officials after she initially revealed them on Monday.
Watch below, via MSNBC: