Pre-Election Day Voter Suppression

Republicans have reportedly been attempting to preemptively suppress the votes of Hispanic people in southern California. The misleading part of the letter, which was written in Spanish (didn’t the President say that the national language should be English?), was [translated] as follows (with my emphasis added):


“You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time.”

Now, according to the MSNBC article and US law, “In fact, immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens can vote.” This is sinister, just like tactics that said that people who’ve been found “guilty of anything, even a traffic violation, can’t vote in the presidential election.”

The key thing to understand here is that voter suppression begins long before election day. We need to be on the look out for such tactics before 7 Nov 2006.

Have similar things happened in your areas? What’s the best way to combat this sort of thing?

One Love. One II.

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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