In a piece for the Washington Post, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) on voter suppression efforts by Republicans in statehouses around the country (number of voters to be robbed of their right to vote is thought to be 5 million):
“ Including as many Americans as possible in our electoral process is the spirit of our country. It is why we have expanded rights to women and minorities but never legislated them away, and why we have lowered the voting age but never raised it. Cynical efforts at voter suppression are driven by an un-American desire to exclude as many people and silence as many voices as possible. ”
Via Josh Marshall, who noted “Voter suppression is as close as you get in democratic politics to mortal sin. And it's going to be one of the prime features of the 2012 election. It is shameful, cynical and frankly disgusting.”
Adding…..voter suppression is the last resort of a flailing political party which cannot win on its own merits.