Photos: Black voter turns white in campaign flier opposing bill NAACP supports
Here's a side-by-side look:
By the way, the "Hackstaff mailer" label brings up another point. The flier is said to have been funded by the Hackstaff Law Group, an enterprise formerly known as Hackstaff Gessler LLC. And, yes, the "Gessler" of the previous moniker referred to Scott Gessler, Colorado's Secretary of State, as well as an official who progressive activists accuse of trying to suppress rather than expand voting -- a charge Gessler has repeatedly called politically motivated and false.
No one is suggesting that Gessler had anything to do with the flier. Nonetheless, Harris Lytle mentions his past connection to Hackstaff in her criticism of the image manipulation.
Photo by Sam Levin Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
"This wipes out the very face of voters of color in Colorado -- and I don't think we're over-dramatizing it," she says. "We are wiping out the face of younger voters, senior voters, voters of color, and many other voters by the way we conduct our elections. And we're not just wiping them out in a figurative way" -- as in the flier -- "but literally in the changes to our elections by our secretary of state, who has not yet shown he can do such a critical job and earn the trust of many progressive voters, women voters, younger voters.
"Their access to democracy has been threatened," she goes on, "but this bill opens it up."
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