We’ve heard a lot this campaign season about “voter suppression” — mostly in the form of Democrats alleging that Republican efforts to require photo ID at the polls constitutes an attempt to depress voting among certain Democratic constituencies.
Well, now we have some new allegations of voter suppression.
The French-speaking province held a provincial election Tuesday, voting out of power the Liberals and into the power the separatist-minded Parti Quebecois. (For what it’s worth, I’m not sure there is a conservative party in Quebec. The Parti Quebecois is often described as a center-left party — and one of the quirks in this election was the emergence of a third party, described as even further to the left. So I’m not sure what conservatives do there. From all I can tell, the election was more about identity than ideology, with the Parti Quebecois promising another vote on independence at some point.)
In any case, in the days leading up to the election, the Liberals complained about certain dirty tricks — in the form of “robo-calls” in English going into certain French-speaking areas, supposedly on their behalf. Nothing apparently riles up the French speakers like getting a phone call in English. Sacre bleu! The Liberals can’t even speak our language! Time to vote for the PQ!
And on election day, the Liberals also complained about similar robo-calls — this time into Liberal strongholds — falsely telling voters that their voting place had been moved.
– Dwayne Yancey