Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day, and like all other types of manufactured holidays were are supposed to care and play along. Apparently there are throngs of people in this nation who could not be inspired enough to do their civic duty unless there is ginned-up excitement and pressure from others taking place.
Failed Florida gubernatorial candidate and successful CNN personality Andrew Gillum sees a severe problem. There was a small matter of a state-run website being down for a few hours, at the inconvenience of some for a short duration. Oh, nope I’m sorry — IT WAS A CASE OF BLATANT VOTER SUPPRESSION!!!!
Today starts National Voter Registration Week.
So the DeSantis Administration decides it's time to pull down https://t.co/4fOOFLJm7m for "routine maintenance."
Only thing routine is the voter suppression part. pic.twitter.com/VGEvi0THEZ
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) September 22, 2019
This must be a scandalous act of treason!
Shady is not the word you’re looking for. Corrupt, self-serving, despicable, and evil are words that come to mind. DeSantis is suppressing the vote. This is the only way the #GOP can win. They’ve got NOTHING ELSE.
— Guy Masson (@GuyMasson) September 22, 2019
omg!! a jim crow suppression in florida. in the end the governor is a republican!
— Miss Paige (@MissPai82670110) September 22, 2019
This is dirty. This is corrupt.
— DesiLady (@uzmab) September 23, 2019
Voter suppression in plain sight. I can't wait to vote Democratic straight through and through in the next (and every) Florida election
— Renée Jay (@rjresist) September 22, 2019
First correction, there is no Voter Registration Week. It is for one day.
Now before you rush off to the Federal Elections Commission to bring justice down upon the GOP here are the details of this scandal to end all scandals. In anticipation of the rush of applications anticipated tomorrow the Florida Department of State decided to shut down the registration website for a few hours for updates. This happened yesterday morning. It was back up and running by the afternoon.
Nobody was denied a vote (which was not taking place), and nobody lost a right to vote. The website was temporarily down. That is all. But, in the same fashion as racism, White Supremacy, Russian collusion, and any other oft-repeated charge, the accusation of “voter suppression” regarding any ballot activity has lost all meaning.
Usually outages like this are announced in advance and timing is provided for when the site will be back up. It’s shady to not provide this information and even shadier to plan such an outage now. This is voter suppression. Will they extend the deadline? Probably not.
— Kathy Sheffield (@kjshef29) September 22, 2019
The outage was announced. On the very same website. Just because Andrew Gillum missed that detail does not mean our next election has been compromised.
You just don't pull down websites for maintainance. Not for more than a few hours during low traffic times.
— U the Frood (@UberFrood) September 23, 2019
Do you mean such as during the few hours, on a Sunday, when there is no voting activity taking place? That is a solid plan!
But of course looking at things objectively will do little to forward the narrative of dastardly behavior on the part of those rascals at Republican Party Headquarters!
— Lizzy (@LizChow_) September 22, 2019
The GOP will do anything to hang onto power.
— AdultEducation (@AdultEducation7) September 22, 2019
This is @GOP
— I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar (@jazzmom98) September 23, 2019
Republicans fear democracy.
— Ryan (@RyanCanucks82) September 22, 2019
Yes, all these voices of outrage from the Gillum acolytes have a great point about GOP dirty tricks!
This foaming at the mouth resistance talk about voter suppression is all undone by a simple question. If the website is down how come it means only Democrats were prevented for registering???
We can only assume that there was some unseen advantage for the Republicans when a website is taken offline for a few hours — and NOBODY is able to get on.