Disenfranchising the elderly: Republicans want fewer voters

Wisconsin Republican candidate for Senate Eric Hovde doesn't trust the votes of nursing home residents.

Handwaving away the validity of the votes cast by people who live in nursing homes, Wisconsin Republican Candidate for Senate Eric Hovde has declared the residents too old. Anyone who doesn't vote with Republicans is now identified as a fraudulent voter. Somehow, the Republican Party's demise is the fault of out-of-state people who fundraise to offer voters assistance getting to the polls, and the soon-to-be-dead nursing home residents should be disenfranchised.

Hovde continued, "We had nursing homes, where the sheriff of Racine investigated, where you had 100 percent voting in nursing homes. Well, if you're in a nursing home, you only have a five, six-month life expectancy. Almost nobody in a nursing home is in a point to vote."

Trump and his supporters have made similar claims in the past, that vote tallies in nursing homes were suspiciously high. This has been repeatedly debunked — voter turnout from nursing homes was nowhere hear 100 percent and not out of the ordinary.

Hovde, a banking and real estate development executive, has already faced a number of controversies in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. He came under scrutiny over a multi-decade-long fight to tear down a beloved family bar in Madison, and has said that in his ideal world, alcohol wouldn't be legal for commercial sale.

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