No Extreme is Too Extreme for GOP. Example 1,502,846.

Here’s yet another example of the undeniable fact that in today’s Republican party, it’s nearly impossible to say something so extreme that it will prevent you from winning office or get other Republicans to condemn you. Rep. Ted Yolo of Florida thinks only property owners should have the right to vote.

Recently unearthed footage of Rep. Ted Yoho speaking at Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida, during his candidacy for Congress in the 2012 election cycle shows the Republican politician suggesting that only property owners should have the right to vote.

“I’ve had some radical ideas about voting and it’s probably not a good time to tell them, but you used to have to be a property owner to vote,” he said to applause.

He also called early voting through absentee ballots “a travesty” and hailed Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s move — since rescinded — to significantly reduce early voting from 14 days to eight, saying Scott’s plan didn’t go far enough. “I think it needs to be cut less than that,” he said.

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  • Jeremy Shaffer

    I’ve had some radical ideas about voting…

    Hmm, that’s a funny way to pronounce “stupid”.

  • gshelley

    It seems that a large proportion of the people who will go out and vote for him, wouldn’t be allowed to if he got his way.

  • frankniddy

    This must be becoming more common. I heard this idea spouted by Judson Phillips of the Tea Party Nation a few years before this idiot spoke.

  • eric

    Yeah this meme has been floating around tea groups since at least 2008 or so. Justified by the old canard that only property owners care about improving where they live.

  • John Horstman

    Yes, today’s GOP is driven by neo-Confederates. They really do want to bring back American apartheid and race-based chattel slavery. As the post title notes, this isn’t surprising, though it is still disturbing.

  • scienceavenger

    Hell, I remember hearing a coworker espouse this view back in the 90’s. It’s another case of libertarians not knowing their history. But no worries, there are plenty of pikes waiting for their heads if they ever get their way.

  • Evan Brehm

    And yet the GOP is still trending to win the Senate in this year’s elections. We Americans are so tired of incompetence that we’ve become dangerously tolerant of lunacy.

  • moarscienceplz

    Hell yes, let’s have the government in thrall to the landowners! Just look at the history of Central and South America to see how well that idea has played out.

  • howardhershey

    To be fair, a requirement to either own property (often 50 acres) or have taxable income (and be a white male, of course) were common requirements for voting at the start of the U.S. So, in this case, they may really be in favor going back to what the Founders proposed. [The property requirement was largely gone by the time of the Civil War.]

  • busterggi

    I do own real property but if I buy a few slaves do I get extra votes?

  • tsig

    Busterggi, according to the constitution you get 3/5 of a voter for each slave.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The true neoConfederate approach is to change the requirement from “real property” (land) to the kind of property that really proves you’re one of the class destined to rule: other humans.

  • D. C. Sessions

    We Americans are so tired of incompetence that we’ve become dangerously tolerant of lunacy.

    And so we reward the Party that cripples government by giving them control of it.

  • dave


    Are you sure you are a landowner? As I recall, the common requirement was 1/2 acre inside an incorporated town or 50 acres outside, and the land had to be unmortgaged. The vast majority of homeowners today would probably not qualify.

    In that light its a bit amusing that such a rule would really benefit the corpratists/oligarchs at the expense of the tea-partists who are proposing it. Granted, it would benefit the corpratists/oligarchs over everyone else too, but against the backdrop of the GOP split between the teabaggers and the oligarchs, its funny to see one side proposing what would only give the game to the other.

  • colnago80

    Apparently, Yoho is also a birther. What a surprise.

  • neonsequitur

    For me the crowning moment of stupid was when I spoke to an acquaintance who advocated for restricting the vote to property owners, knowing that he would be disenfranchised! He was living in a rented trailer at the time. I no longer associate with him, or anyone who lives near him. That level of stupidity was infecting his entire town.

  • d.c.wilson

    There was a time when people like Yoho would have beem limited to standing on street corners screaming about the Illuminati. Now they’re getting elected to Congress.

  • Area Man

    We Americans are so tired of incompetence that we’ve become dangerously tolerant of lunacy.

    I’m pretty sure that electing Yoho is not going to improve the competence quotient either.

  • Pen

    I think anyone who is stupid enough to vote for Yolo without owning property should be banned from voting. And no, fools, your gun doesn’t count as property, not even if you’ve paid it off.

  • vmanis1

    I personally think that people should have to pass a test before being allowed to vote.

    1. Iran, Iraq, and Ireland: in which country is/are Arabic the majority language?

    2. True or false: Puerto Rico’s ambassador to the United States of America is named Juan Valdes.

    3. The song `Don’t Stop Believin” contains the lyrics: ` Just a city boy. Born and raised in South Detroit’. Does this boy sing the National Anthem in an unusual way?

    (And, yes, I know that literacy tests are banned as a voting qualification, but the results of this one would be very enlightening.)

  • had3

    1) not ‘Merica, who cares!

    2) not ‘Merica, who cares!

    3) ‘Merica! Fuck yeah!

    Lemme vote now.

  • whheydt

    In the ’60s during the heyday of the Civil Rights movement, even some liberals expressed some favor (at least in principle) for literacy tests for voting. This is spite of the known abuse of such “tests” in the South.

    My father used to challenge such people by stating that he could *prove* he was literate and asking if they could? The basis of his claim was that he had the document certifying that he had passed the New York State voter literacy test. It was a high school graduation requirement when he was in school (he graduated in 1927).

    As for property ownership…I own a 3-bedroom house on a reasonable sized suburban lot near San Diego. There is no mortgage on the property. I just don’t happen to *live* there. So…where should I be allowed to vote? in San Diego County where I own property, or in Solano County (500 miles away) where I live? Or both?