King Street Patriots Make it Clear: Poor People Shouldn't Vote

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During the 2010 election, a Tea Party group called the King Street Patriots sent “poll watchers” to Houston voting locations to intimidate low-income and minority voters.

Yesterday, the King Street Patriots held a fundraiser with Matthew Vadum, an ultra right-wing author who expressly opposes voting by the poor. In an article published in September entitled “Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American,” Vadum made his crazy case:

[T]he poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery. Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country…

The King Street Patriots aim to reduce low-income and minority voting as much as possible to push forward their awful right-wing agenda. After the group's proud association with Vadum, there can be no doubt about this.

The King Street Patriots is now pushing to recruit one million “poll watchers” in a project called “True the Vote” that should be named “Kill the Vote.”  

They must be stopped. The Texas Democratic Party is engaged in a major legal battle against their efforts, which you can donate to here.  

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental political challenge of our time because it affects every other issue in American politics. He is currently on leave for the election season.

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