On Current TV’s coverage of the presidential election Tuesday night, former Vice President Al Gore compared the long lines to vote in Dade County, Florida to Jim Crow laws, describing them as a “disgrace to the country.”
“It is un-American,” Gore said, adding, “This is a disgrace.”
“It is a strategy and it is a direct descendant of the racist Jim Crow tactics that were used in the wake of the Civil War to prevent black people from voting,” Gore ranted.
Gore cited Paul Weyrich, a figurehead of the “New Right” movement and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, for famously saying, “I don’t want everybody to vote.”
While the context of Weyrich’s comment was to suggest that as more people vote, that value of your individual vote decreases, the idea of voter suppression has become a rallying cry of liberals opposed to voter ID requirements they believe will deter minority voters.
In Dade County, Florida, some voters waited over five hours to cast their vote, according to a local news affiliate. The New York Times reported that in both Virginia and Texas, some voters waited in lines for up to four hours.
“It is un-American. It is wrong,” Gore continued.
“It is a disgrace to this country and there ought to be a bipartisan movement to say, ‘Enough of this. We have the ability to let everyone who is eligible to vote, vote, without standing in line for eight hours, without having their names stricken wrongly from the voting rolls.’ This is something that ought to be a bipartisan agenda after this election,” Gore concluded.
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