The three states’ lists are heavily weighted with names such as Jackson, Garcia, Patel and Kim — ones common among minorities, who vote overwhelmingly Democratic. Indeed, fully 1 in 7 African-Americans in those 27 states, plus the state of Washington (which enrolled in Crosscheck but has decided not to utilize the results), are listed as under suspicion of having voted twice. This also applies to 1 in 8 Asian-Americans and 1 in 8 Hispanic voters. White voters too — 1 in 11 — are at risk of having their names scrubbed from the voter rolls, though not as vulnerable as minorities.
If even a fraction of those names are blocked from voting or purged from voter rolls, it could alter the outcome of next week’s electoral battle for control of the U.S. Senate — and perhaps prove decisive in the 2016 presidential vote count.
“It’s Jim Crow all over again,” says the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who cofounded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King, Jr. Lowery, now 93, says he recognizes in the list of threatened voters a sophisticated new form of an old and tired tactic. “I think [the Republicans] would use anything they can find. Their desperation is rising.” | Al Jazeera America
“Black voters have probably suffered worse than any other voting bloc, particularly since the downturn in the economy in the fall of 2008 which led to the election of Barack Obama, and yet despite the suffering, they remain the most stalwart anti-conservative bloc,” said Dr. Horne.
“I think the explanation is rather simple,” Dr. Horne continued, “I don’t think it’s because Black voters are chumps, or they like being abused, or like being ignored by the Democrats, I think it’s because the Black voting bloc feels that even with the weaknesses and deficiencies of the Democratic Party, that it would be even worse if Republicans obtained more influence,” with their markedly pro-business, anti- civil rights, anti-worker, agenda.
Black voters are being counted on by Democrats to pull off Senate victories in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and could impact Arkansas, if they come out in high numbers, and Kentucky. “The GOP currently has a 233-199 lead in the House of Representatives. Democrats outnumber Republicans, 53-45, in the U.S. Senate (with two Independents in the mix). Heading into the election, Democrats control the U.S. Senate while Republicans are the majority in the U.S. House. For Republicans to take the majority in the Senate, they need to take six seats currently held by Democrats and retain control of the 15 seats currently held by a Republican. For Democrats to take majority control of the U.S. House, a Democratic pick up of 17 seats is needed,” ballotpedia.org noted.