As I often note on this blog, if you want to understand what the Republican Party actually wants, is, and likes, then you have to look at the local and state level Republicans, since they usually say the quiet part out loud. Here’s the Republican Gwinnett Board of Registrations and Elections chairwoman on voting (boldface mine):
One of the Gwinnett County Republican Party’s two representatives on the bipartisan county elections board told fellow members of the GOP that she favors major elections changes at the local and state levels, including a move away from no excuse absentee voting for many Georgians…
“I was on a Zoom call the other day and I said, ‘I’m like a dog with a bone. I will not let them end this session without changing some of these laws,’ “ O’Lenick said. “They don’t have to change all of them, but they’ve got to change the major parts of them so that we at least have a shot at winning.”
Instead of trying to win elections by appealing to voters, Republicans are going the other route of suppression. Nothing new there, but they’re admitting they can’t win elections with a large turnout–the irony is their base had a large turnout too, just not enough to win statewide elections.
That’s what made a letter from some House Republicans a few weeks ago so remarkable: they actually said the quiet part out loud. Historically, they’ve been smarter than that. At least we know where we stand with these vote suppressing assholes.