During an investigation into Indiana politics, it was revealed that the Republicans were playing a massive foul play in regards to early voting.
According to Indystar which is part of the USA Today network, GOP officials have expanded early voting stations in GOP-dominated areas. At the same time, they decreased them in Democratic ones.
Sadly, their tactic worked.
In Republican districts like Hamilton County, the added number of voting stations increased absentee voting 63% from 2008 to 2016. In Democratic districts on the other hand, like Marion County, largely African-American, decreased 26%.
According to the investigation, Republicans blocked the expansion of voting stations in areas they didn’t like. This reduced voting stations in Marion County, for instance, from three to one, which was one of the main reasons for the voting pattern declines.
As IndyStar reports, Republicans won’t admit to the issue:
“When asked about IndyStar’s analysis, legislative leaders including Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, did not return numerous requests for comment, or respond to questions submitted in writing. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Secretary of State Connie Lawson deferred to county officials for comment.”
The changing of rules by the Republicans came shortly after Barack Obama carried Indiana in 2008.