Amid Pervasive Voter Suppression, the Big Winner on the 2018 Ballot Was Voting Itself

Sep 2018
cleveland ohio
Voter suppression took center stageduring the 2018 midterm election cycle, with states across the country failing to make voting easily accessible for everyone eligible to cast a ballot or — worse — actively making it hard.

In Georgia’s heated gubernatorial race, for example, hundreds of voters who cast absentee ballots were nearly disenfranchised due to dubious judgments made by state officials that signatures on the ballots didn’t match those on file. For the first time, North Dakota ran an election with a voter ID law that made it difficult for many Native Americans to vote, and in Kansas, polling stations used by voters of color were moved to distant, hard-to-reach locations. Partisan gerrymandering and the assault on voting rights continue to present a generational threat to American democracy.
Amid Pervasive Voter Suppression, the Big Winner on the 2018 Ballot Was Voting Itself
Dec 2015
This is true. I'm anxious to see the exit polls because they will be a good indication of the direction of our country.
I applaud the voters for making a real effort, especially our young people. But there are lessons to be learned from what we know already:
*The GOP has a problem with WOMEN. From the Hill--
Republicans took encouragement from the overall results on Tuesday, where losses in the House were kept within historical norms and were ameliorated by a solid performance in the Senate.
But when the results are scrutinized more closely, the problems for the party become much more stark.
The GOP’s standing with female voters — who almost always cast a majority of ballots — is particularly perilous.
Democrats won women by a 19-point margin, according to Tuesday’s national exit polls from House elections.
That is the biggest advantage for the Democrats, in midterms or in presidential elections, in at least a decade.

*Two years of Trump has NOT shifted the Latino vote.
Democrats made gains among many of their traditional constituencies on Tuesday, but there was one glaring exception: Latinos.
The Democratic advantage with Hispanic voters was still very big: 40 points. But that’s only a 2-point deterioration for the GOP since 2016, when Trump lost Latinos to Clinton by 38 points.
That’s striking, especially given the centrality of immigration as an issue during the campaign.
Trump repeatedly blasted the migrant caravan from Central America, labeling it an “invasion” of the United States that had to be repelled. A TV ad from his campaign was pulled from the airwaves — including by Fox News — amid accusations of racism.

*A big warning sign for Trump and GOP
Midterm elections are typically more friendly than presidential election years for Republicans.
There are exceptions, as in 2006 when Democrats seized control of Congress. But broadly, the turnout in midterms tends to be older and whiter than in presidential years, which is to the GOP’s advantage.
The age profile of the voters in this year’s midterms fit that tradition — but the outcome didn’t.
Yes, despite this older electorate, the GOP lost the national vote in House elections by more than 4 points, according to the latest figures.
That outcome has to be unsettling for Republicans, given that they can expect to face a younger, less friendly universe of voters two years from now.
Voters aged 65 and overcast 26 percent of all votes, whereas those under 30 cast only 13 percent.

Trump's base still loves him, but is it enough? Remember who these people are?
One of the many famous Trump soundbites came almost three years ago.
“I love the poorly educated,” he declared after winning the Nevada GOP caucuses in February 2016.

(In fact, his supporters ARE so poorly educated that they didn't GET the insult!)

ONE thing we know for sure (and can always count on): The GOP won't change a thing. Luckily, they will have a different Congress in January and will be forced on to higher ground.