Many New Yorkers arrived at the polling center today only to discover that they were barred from voting for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump in the primary. Why? Because they didn’t declare their party affiliation at least six months earlier. This led many, like perennial Green Party candidate Jill Stein, to label this “disenfranchisement” or “voter suppression,” and moreover an example of the Democratic Party using its “institutional power to marginalize/push back against the Sanders campaign.”
As we head into NY’s corporate primaries, remember unless you registered 6 months ago you’re shut out. The disenfranchisement is astounding.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) April 19, 2016
But as many were quick to point out, somewhat burdensome party declaration deadlines are not the same as the voter suppression that countless people of color have experienced for decades thanks to racially biased Voter ID laws and a history of intimidation at the ballot box.
When did voter suppression start meaning a bunch of white people who forgot to change their party affiliation and follow primary rules?
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) April 19, 2016