Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has joined in the Republican conspiracy game.
At issue is the fact that the state of Massachusetts hasn't been complying with federal law, the National Voter Registration Act (Motor-Voter). States are supposed to give residents the opportunity to register to vote when they get a driver’s license or apply for social services. Massachusetts hasn't been doing that, so a number of voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit alleging the state was in violation. The suit was brought on behalf of a woman who had applied for assistance from the state but wasn't offered a chance to register to vote. One of the groups suing was Demos. Elizabeth Warren's daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, is on the board of directors for Demos.
And there is Scott Brown's conspiracy.
Brown issued a statement saying, “I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another. This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign. It means that I’m going to have to work that much harder to get out my pro-jobs, pro-free enterprise message.”
Yes, it's outrageous that the law says everybody who is eligible to vote should be given every opportunity to do so. Who thought that up? A bunch of lawmakers in the world's greatest representative democracy? Obviously, the point of voting systems, if you're a Republican, is to make sure as few people as possible vote, particularly those kind of people. That's obviously the only way to win, since it's not going to be happening on the strength of your ideas.
Warren’s campaign dismissed Brown’s accusations.
“For Brown to claim this is some kind of plot against him is just bizarre,” said campaign manager Mindy Myers, adding that the attack on Warren’s daughter was “ridiculous.”
Voting rights groups have sued a number of states for failing to comply with the motor voter law, most recently Pennsylvania. Cases have been settled in New Mexico, Indiana, and Georgia.
“His entire attack is built on efforts in multiple states to enforce a law passed almost 20 years ago with bipartisan support. Even the Bush Justice Department filed suit to enforce this provision of that law,” said Myers.
Daniel Curley, commissioner of the state’s transitional assistance department, said the mailings had nothing to do with partisan politics.
“We’re responding to a court decision,” he said.