GA Republican Refreshingly Candid on Desire to Reduce Black Votes

Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar is being refreshingly candid in explaining his reasons why he wants to stop Dekalb County from allowing early voting on the Sunday before the election in November. It’s because too many black people will vote, you see, and he prefers “educated voters.”

Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.

Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.

And I’m sure he thinks the same thing when conservative churches do the same thing, right? And when they put out “voter guides” and tell their followers that they should vote for candidates with specific positions? Of course not. And I’m sure he opposes early voting when it’s in Republican areas, right? Of course not. The “blatantly partisan move” here is on his part. And on his Facebook page, he doubled down:

I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters. If you don’t believe this is an efort to maximize Democratic votes pure and simple, then you are not a realist. This is a partisan stunt and I hope it can be stopped.

At least he isn’t hiding it behind dog whistles and codewords. He’s coming right out and saying it — black voters aren’t “educated” and therefore everything should be done to make it harder for them to vote.

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  • eric

    Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.

    If any Dems ever come out opposed to expanding the practical ability of eligible voters to vote, I’ll attack them too. But so far I don’t know of any cases of them doing that.

  • dmcclean

    “If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.”

    Where’s the “state” here, doofus? If a private church uses a private bus to bring citizens to vote, that doesn’t violate the separation of church and state. If the state sent a bus to the church, that might be a problem.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “I would prefer more educated voters … this is an efort …”

    Education fail.

  • bmiller

    Given the prevalence of politicians like Gohmert and King and Imhofe (and Newt, for that matter) in the Republican Party, the idea that Republican voters are more educated is….breathtaking…in its stupidity. We must be in Opposite World right now.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Can’t say that I disagree with his premise about preferring educated voters.

    There’d be no Tea Party. And Millar would not be in his current position.

  • cry4turtles

    “Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.”

    I had to rub my eyes and ‘re-read this three times! A republican actually said this? Hey Satan! How’s that snow?

  • D. C. Sessions

    I would prefer more educated voters

    Sounds like he’s nostalgic for the days of literacy tests.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    …and he prefers “educated voters.”

    So he’s totally on-board with a comprehensive set of policies to improve the education of all Americans, right? Right?

  • teawithbertrand

    “I would prefer more educated voters…”

    No, you wouldn’t. Trust me.

  • sugarfrosted

    As a general rule: People complaining about dumb people voting don’t look at their own mental failings.

  • Loqi

    And here I thought the highly educated were pointy-headed elites/intellectuals and colleges were liberal atheist indoctrination centers.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    At least he isn’t hiding it behind dog whistles and codewords.

    Well, except that “educated” is code for “white”.

  • some bastard on the internet

    I would prefer more educated voters…

    Who, by and large, tend to vote more Democratic.

    Hrrrmmmmmmm…..

  • D. C. Sessions

    Who, by and large, tend to vote more Democratic.

    You’re thinking Yankee education, not Southern education. A Southern education is one that enables you to pass a literacy test; it has nothing to do with all that fancy Yankee book-learning and everything to do with your proper place in society. Which, of course, depends on “breeding.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, Both Sides are the Same®. Democrats are for winning elections and so are the Republicans. Yes, you can dig up quotes “proving” that Republican are for so-called “suppressing” Democratic party so-called “voters”, but focusing on the tiny majority that is for such things is missing out the massive minority of rational, intelligent, moderate Republicans who don’t. And, besides, they’re really fighting against all those cases of Voter Fraud that we can’t stop talking about and that also didn’t happen, but it’s out there and people are talking about it so it’s news. And where there’s smoke there’s fire, even if there’s no smoke. And something about the “with all those stories out there, this claim of innocence doen’t pass the smell test”.

    Now, can we move on to more important matters like planning the invasion of ISIS or the color of Obama’s suit?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Millar does not stand alone: Georgia’s Secretary of State – you know, the top official for everything to do with voter registrations, elections, etc – Brian Kemp now laments that Democrats are … you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there .

    Minorities! Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em, and you’re not allowed to shoot more than a few at a time!

  • cgm3

    Better and better. Now our governor, the “honorable” Nathan Deal, is standing with Millar to denounce the idea, promising to “close this loophole” during the next legislative session.