A white Florida Republican suggested knocking a black, longtime Democratic congresswoman out of her seat by gerrymandering more prisoners into her district, according to audio obtained by Politico and published on Wednesday.
Politico reported that state Rep. Janet Adkins (R) made the suggestion regarding U.S. Rep. Corinne Brown's (D) district in a closed-door meeting of the North Florida Republican caucus.
“It's a perfect storm," Adkins said on the audio recording. "You draw it in such a fashion so perhaps, a majority, or maybe not a majority, but a number of them will live in the prisons, thereby not being able to vote."
Adkins made sure there were no reporters in the room before she made her comments, according to the report.
Brown, who is black, has filed a lawsuit to challenge the proposed redrawing of her district. She also told the Florida Senate Redistricting Committee that she was concerned that redrawing her district to include more prisons would lower its black voting population from 50 to 45 percent, according to Politico.
One, this is why Republicans don't want felons to be able to vote. Only two states do, Vermont and Maine, and when it comes to ex-felons, Florida in particular makes it nearly impossible to ever get the right to vote back. (For those playing at home, if you are convicted of a felony, you can never vote in Kentucky, period.)
And that brings us to point two, that African-Americans in particular are far more likely to be convicted of felony level crimes, and therefore lose the right to vote. This is not by accident, folks. Combined, you are much more likely to be disenfranchised when black.
Which returns us to Florida state Rep. Adkins here, who knows damn well that felons count as population to be represented, but cannot vote. Since the system is rigged to incarcerate a much higher percentage of the black population for felony crimes, state prisons equal automatically disenfranchised black votes.
So of course the plan is to redraw the district to unseat a powerful black Democratic lawmaker in the state to include undesirable, non-voting prisoners. That's what Republicans do when given power.
And we keep giving it to them anyway.