This Is One Reason Why Democrats Lose Elections

Especially during the off-year elections. Miami-Dade County in Florida, in response to a question about the acccesibility of bathrooms for the disabled who are waiting in line to vote (Miami-Dade has had long waiting lines), decided to do this:

Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin. Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities….

Dubin said he was “shocked” at this response, and not just because it suppresses the vote for everybody. The Americans with Disabilities Act also requires entities to make “reasonable accommodations” to those with disabilities. For those with a number of conditions, including diabetics and those taking diuretics, closing the restroom will make standing in that line impossible, and thus discriminate against disabled voters.

Let’s ignore the stupidity of making voting harder for the disabled in supposed service to preventing discrimination against said disabled voters. Although the stupidity is truly awesome. I have no reason to think that the power structure in Miami-Dade is Democratic…and they have decided to make voting in a Democratic stronghold…harder.

Truly the Stupidest Political Party in Recorded History™.

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1 Response to This Is One Reason Why Democrats Lose Elections

  1. cettel22 says:

    Was this decision made by a Democrat, or by a Republican? Your assumption that it was made by a Democrat, which was purely based on the County’s being predominantly Democratic, is poor. The decision is obviously pro-Republican, as you yourself recognize when you say “Truly the Stupidest Political Party in Recorded History.™” Just as reasonable as that assumption is the contrary assumption, that a Republican made this decision. You should at least have considered that alternative hypothesis before you posted your piece. Please do so now: consider that alternative hypothesis. (Also, I’d like your email address so that I can communicate directly with you regarding a study of ideology that I have in draft, and on which I’d appreciate your feedback, if you’re interested in ideology. You can reach me at the.eric.zuesse@gmail.com.)

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