GOP attempts to suppress the Right to VOTE has failed.
The GOP made a deliberate effort to rig the 2016 election by enacting voter ID laws.
The well known pattern of voting in Presidential elections is that if Democrats, particularly minority Democrats, turn out to vote in massive numbers ( As was the case in 2008 and 2012 ) a Democrat will be elected President.
The well known pattern of voting in Mid Term elections is that Republicans turn out to vote and Democrats don’t.
As a result the GOP has a clear majority of Republican Governors and Legislatures within the fifty States.
In the last 2 years many GOP controlled States have enacted laws 1) requiring a picture ID to vote, 2) Reducing the number of days to vote early, 3) Reduce the hours to vote early and or vote in person, 4) reduce the number of polling places to vote especially in minority areas.
Most notably were the voter suppress laws enacted in the swing States of Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina and Texas.
The common thread of all voter restriction laws was the stated INTENT to prevent Voter Fraud.
Lawsuits challenging the validity of these laws under the Constitution and the 1965 Voting Rights Act were filed in each State.
In the last month the three separate Federal Appellate Courts have issued rulings holding the laws of Wisconsin, North Carolina and Texas to be Un Constitutional.
In each case the Court found that the Intent of the laws to prevent Voting Fraud was actually a deliberate intent to dilute the right to vote in violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The U. S. Supreme Court has never ruled specifically on the Constitutionality of these laws and with the most recent Supreme Court ruling that gutted key enforcement provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act it appeared the GOP efforts to suppress the right to vote had succeeded.
The death of Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia changed everything. It had been expected that the Supreme Court would hear the challenge of these laws and rule before the Spring 2016 term ended in June.
The GOP was counting on a victory in the Supreme Court but instead the Court declined to hear the challenges and left the Appellate Court rulings to stand.
By declining to hear the challenges of the Appellate Court rulings they are now legal precedent at least for the 2016 election
The 2018 Mid term elections will be highly contested by both parties as the results of the 2018 mid term elections will significantly affect the 2020 census and the redistricting that’s takes place after the census as mandated by the Constitution.
There will be a significant effort by Democrats to change the pattern of not turning out to vote during mid term elections.
The big question now is will there even be a Republican Party after the results of the 2016 election become final ?
The GOP is with the nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP candidate for President self-destructing on a daily basis.
The plan to reduce minority voting has blown up in the faces of the GOP as the voter turnout of Democrats and Independents appears to be heading towards historic proportions.