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Dem Strategist: ‘GOP Doesn’t Want Minorities To Vote’

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Democratic strategist and longtime voting rights advocate Mark Plotkin says Republicans just don’t want minorities to vote, according to his Friday op-ed in The Hill.

“Let’s say it in simple English: Republicans are intent on stopping minority voters from casting ballots in this year’s presidential election,” Plotkin wrote. “The GOP has had to come up with new and ‘creative’ ways to make sure that those people who don’t vote Republican will not be allowed to vote.”

Plotkin says there are six ways Republicans actively work against minorities: voter ID requirements, early voting hour cutbacks, the elimination of same-day registration, the requirement for voters to vote in their precinct, failure to allow those under 18 to register to vote, and closing polls on Sunday.

Plotkin asserts that closing the polls on Sunday only started because black voters go to church on Sunday.

The GOP is “unable and unwilling to change their philosophy or platform, they have only one alternative: to rig the system. Make sure that the polls are not open to those ‘other people’ who are not ‘our people.'”

The longtime political commentator mentions minorities at the beginning of his op-ed, but only specifically mentions black voters, not any other minority.

Plotkin was the host of local radio station WTOP until he allegedly blew up at a Latino cleaning crew in 2012, he was let go within days according to a Washington Post story at the time.

After trying to reach his office, he found one of the elevators was out of service, at which point he directed a verbal assault full of “swear words and nastiness, directed at a cleaning crew that just happened to find itself in Plotkin’s line of fire. As it turned out, one of the elevators was in working order.”

The incredibly long-suffering cleaning crew didn’t file a complaint at the time, that came when Plotkin again verbally assaulted a cleaning crew member outside the building the next day.

“He’s a volatile, voluble personality,” Tom Sherwood of NBC4 told The Washington Post. “He does have strong feelings…Mark has blown up any number of times.” WTOP issued a cryptic release to staffers in 2012 regarding Plotkin’s separation from the station. “We are cancelling the Friday Politics Program effective immediately. WTOP and Mark Plotkin are parting ways.We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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