Unsubstantiated claims about the size of the electorate, along with allegations of unfair election practices, are now taking the fore of Democrat politics in Alabama.
Likely a short-timer representing Alabama in Washington D.C., U.S. Senator Doug Jones has been advancing the tired old Democrat narrative of voter suppression to counter revelations of a sophistocated Democrat disinformation campaign that rocked Alabama in 2017, according to multiple reports.
“In the last few years we’ve seen a whole segment of our population that have had their voting rights restricted,” Jones has said.
Secretary of State John Merrill has challenged Jones and others making similar claims to provide objective evidence to back them up. And, in stark contrast to their silence, Merrill has provided statistics of his own to substantiate his position that Jones’ assertions have “absolutely no validity.”
In an interview with Alabama news source WHNT regarding his support of the “For the People Act,” Jones again went further, exclaiming with feverish confidence that Republicans “do not want African-Americans and other minorities to vote,” as reported by YellowHammer.
“It’s harder to get to the polls, it’s harder to vote, it’s harder to register,” the pro-abortion Democrat said.
Ironically, in 2017, it was the Democrats and U.S. Senate Republicans that advocated manipulating open primary laws to unethically influence challenger Judge Roy Moore’s chances in the Republican primaries.
The frontrunner in the leadup to Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, with 39 percent of the vote, Moore told The Daily Caller that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to steal the election by letting Democrats vote in Alabama’s GOP primary.
“Well that’s exactly what their strategy is. That’s what they’re talking about. I wish the people of Alabama knew that. I wish the people of Alabama knew that McConnell and them were using the Democrats to come into the Republican primary,” Moore stated.
Patterned purportedly after Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran’s scheme, a Republican race can be decided by Democrats in open primary states like Alabama.
The strategy Moore alleged was in play, is called “expanding the electorate,” and is arguably also the theory behind Jones’ and the Democrats unsupported claims of voter suppression, which they hope to parlay into legislative advantages through the passage of the “For the People Act.”
Merrill has previously said,“[Sen. Jones is] entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts. And the empirical data does not back [him] up,” Merrill has previously said,
But the facts mitigate against Jones’ claims, as YellowHammer News reported:
Alabama has registered over 1.2 million new voters. The state now has a constantly-growing record of registered voters, approaching the 3.5 million milestone.
“Absolutely no validity,” were the words Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill chose to respond to Doug Jones’ claims that Republicans “do not want African-Americans and other minorities to vote.”
Merrill emphasized, “We’ve broken every record in the history of the state for voter registration and voter participation. 96 percent of all eligible African-Americans in the state of Alabama are registered to vote.”
After the State of the State Tuesday evening, Yellowhammer News asked Merrill about Jones’ comments made Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Merrill expressed his disappointment in Jones for “[misleading] people.”
“It’s unfortunate that we have elected officials who will make statements like that that have absolutely no validity,” Merrill said of Alabama’s junior senator from Mountain Brook. “You see, the thing that really concerns me is when someone says that from a position of stature, and they mislead people.”
Some of the facts Merrill shared:
And the facts are that since January 19, 2015, which is four years, one month and 11 days ago, we’ve registered 1,211,906 new voters. We now have a record 3,468,747 registered voters in Alabama. We’ve broken every record in the history of the state for voter registration and voter participation. 96 percent of all eligible African-Americans in the state of Alabama are registered to vote. So, he’s entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts. And the empirical data does not back up his statement that he made on national TV.
Jones’s recent efforts to revive the old voter suppression saw evince expertise at and dedication to “expanding the electorate” dishonestly and depriving the American people of a free, and fair election. This is especially notable after Doug Jones benefited from the infamous “Project Birmingham” that Washington Post and New York Times exposed as an illegal “false flag” operation that boosted Democrat participation in the Alabama U.S. Senate race in 2017.
In its report titled, “Secret campaign to use Russian-inspired tactics in 2017 Ala. election stirs anxiety for Democrats,” on January 6, 2019, WaPo reported:
Project Birmingham got its funding from Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman, who emerged as a leading underwriter of Democratic causes after the 2016 election … Hoffman gave $750,000 to a progressive technology start-up called American Engagement Technologies — founded by Mikey Dickerson, a former Obama administration official … This person said Dickerson used $100,000 of that to hire New Knowledge, a Texas-based social media research firm, to work in Alabama in support of Jones during the special election in December 2017.
It gets worse. “I received the report in early 2018, which is when I first learned about the false flag and write-in tactics,” Dickerson said in his statement, his first public comment on the controversy.
What is known about Project Birmingham comes mainly from the 12-page document labeled “Project Birmingham Debrief,” which describes the criminal conspiracy as “a digital messaging operation to influence the outcome of the AL senate race” by targeting 650,000 likely voters with messages on social media platforms such as Facebook, while obscuring the fact that the messages were coming from pro-Jones sources.
The stated goal was to “radicalize Democrats, suppress unpersuadable Republicans (“hard Rs”) and faction moderate Republicans by advocating for write-in candidates.”
Sen. Doug Jones appears to be following the same pattern, radicalizing and exciting the Democratic base on the basis of hyperbolic sensationalism.
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