On Wednesday’s Full Frontal, Samantha Bee accused the Republican Party of widespread voter suppression, highlighting states like North Dakota and Georgia, where controversial laws could stifle key demographics and ultimately swing elections for the GOP. “The vote hasn’t been this suppressed since Blake Shelton won [People‘s] ‘Sexiest Man Alive,'” the comedian cracked, “and you know they only counted his vote.”
Bee opened with a segment on North Dakota, detailing a law that requires voters to provide a form of legal ID that includes a street address. Many citizens who live on reservations or in rural areas use P.O. boxes., and the law curiously passed after Senator Heidi Heitkamp was elected as the only state-wide Democratic office-holder in 2012.
“Heitkamp won her race by around 3,000 votes, and her victory was widely credited to Native American voters,” Bee said. “This new law affects 5,000 Native American voters with almost surgical precision, taking advantage of the fact that many residents of reservations don’t have individual street addresses. In order to get an address, they would have to call their 911 coordinator (whose phone number is not 911), ask to have an address assigned, request a letter confirming the address is their address and obtain that letter from a different agency – we think. We called 911 coordinators in North Dakota, and even they weren’t sure how this is supposed to work, probably because it’s not supposed to.”
The host also examined the Georgia gubernatorial race between Democrat Stacey Abrams, the first African-American woman to be nominated for governor by a major political party, and Republican Brian Kemp, who has served as Georgia’s secretary of state since 2010.
“Kemp got a potential boost from…himself,” Bee said. “He’s the state’s secretary of state overseeing his own gubernatorial election. He’s like a dog carrying his own leash – if the dog was secretary of state in Georgia.”
Georgia put a hold on over 53,000 voter registration applications for failing to meet “exact match” criteria, which allows the state to “void registrations that are a single letter, or even a hyphen, off from the voter’s ID.” Nearly 70 percent of those applications belong to African-Americans.
“That’s fuckin’ racist,” Bee said. And, she added, it fits with the GOP’s current political strategy.
“Republicans are getting more creative and more shameless about their attempts to block the vote because they know they’re not popular enough to win without cheating,” she said. “They truly are the Blake Shelton of political parties. I mean, he’s not even the sexiest man on The Voice! … Voting shouldn’t be a privilege, but as long as it is, if you can, better fuckin’ use it and help other, less privileged people do it too.”