As the 2022 election approached, Trump and other Republicans were urging their voters not to cast mail-in ballots because they were claiming fraud. However, the fraud being perpetrated was from their own party, as they touted the big lie. As a result, many Republican voters did not vote by mail, and instead decided that they were going to vote on election day. Many of them didn’t vote on election day because voting was more difficult, due to the restrictions that were placed on voting. These restrictions were designed to keep Democrats away from the polls but, as it turned out, they had the opposite effect. Many Republicans did not vote, while Democrats turned out in record numbers for an off-year election.
Take the case of Republican Drew Johnson, who was running for Clark County Commissioner in Nevada. He was ahead at the end of the day, but was overtaken by Democrat Justin Jones when the mail-in votes were counted, votes that the Republican party had urged it’s voters not to cast. Jones won by less than 400 votes, and many local offices all over Nevada were won by Democrats by margins of less than 1,500 votes. After the final votes were in, Johnson claimed fraud, not by the Democrats, but by his own party, who he felt had cheated him out of victory by sticking their noses where they didn’t belong.
What would the outcome have been had the Republican Party not meddled with the voting process by keeping their own voters from sending in ballots by mail. We will never know, but the GOP lost a lot of votes, and I am sure that the expected outcomes of many elections were changed by their ham-handed attempt to suppress the vote. As it was in Nevada, it was the same across America, and the good guys easily weathered the approaching storm.
Earlier in the year, many of us were expecting a red wave to come on November 8. Instead, it was just a trickle, and you can thank Republicans across the country for sticking their noses into the election process, in addition to running the horrible candidates that ended up on the ticket. I have a suggestion. Instead of complaining about GOP voter suppression, why don’t we all send them thank you cards. Yea, that’s the ticket. Let’s all rub their noses in the pile of excrement they created.