Georgia Republican Senator Fran Millar has gone on the record as stating that he is not pleased with recent steps to implement early voting in an African-American neighborhood, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters,” Millar said through his Facebook page. “If you don’t believe this is an efort [sic] to maximize Democratic votes pure and simple, then you are not a realist. This is a partisan stunt and I hope it can be stopped.”
Allowing more people to vote from the community threatens Millar’s polling numbers. It follows that regardless the people’s right to vote that Millar would hope to stifle the access of his detractors in any way that he can.
Millar was accused by DuBose Porter, the chair of Georgia’s Democratic Party, of wanting to suppress voting in black neighborhoods, Millar responded with a standard “I’m not a racist, I’ve got a black friend” style.
“I defined educated as being informed on the issues,” said Millar. “Finally Mr. Porter is welcome to look at my DeKalb NAACP award, so don’t try to accuse me of trying to suppress the African-American vote.”
Raphael G. Warnock, a pastor, countered Millar’s simple argument.
“While he boasts that he has an NAACP award, as if that shields him from the wrongheadedness of his recent remarks and threats, he should not kid himself. So does Donald Sterling.”
Donald Sterling was the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers but he lost ownership following scandal after he was busted for his racist remarks.
So it looks like the Georgia Senator is in good company with his NAACP award to protect him. Hopefully, the voters see right through it and keep him from office this election cycle.
Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. You can follow him on Twitter @Joshual33.