Gov. Christie’s Clarification of His “Voting Mechanism” Remarks Not Clarifying, Still Objectionable

Yesterday I noted with incredulity these comments from Gov. Chris Christie:

Would you rather have Rick Scott in Florida overseeing the voting mechanism, or Charlie Crist? Would you rather have Scott Walker in Wisconsin overseeing the voting mechanism, or would you rather have Mary Burke? Who would you rather have in Ohio, John Kasich or Ed FitzGerald?” he asked.

In the face of criticism for these comments, the Governor today clarified:

Christie, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association this year, was making a push for electing GOP gubernatorial candidates a the chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform, which advocates for rules and laws to protect companies from lawsuits, when he made the “voting mechanisms” remark. Asked Thursday if that comment meant he supports the strict voter identification laws that some states have adopted, Christie said that is not what he meant.

“Everybody read much too much into that,” he said. “You know who gets to appoint people, who gets to decide in part what the rules are, I’d much rather have Republican governors counting those votes when we run in 2016 as Republicans that I would have Democrats. There was no specific reference to any laws.”

Christie noted that he was specifically talking about electing Republican governors and that it is state legislatures that are passing voter identification requirements.

He still wants to make sure that we have “Republican governors counting those votes.”

Still objectionable. We need nonpartisan election administration.

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