GOP Rep. Ted Yoho: Voting should be limited to property owners

Yoho masterfully articulates GOP strategy to appeal to minorities by returning voting rights to the 18th century

By Ian Blair
May 21, 2014 7:07PM (UTC)
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Ted Yoho (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

New video footage confirms what we have come to expect from Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida: that he has some radically regressive views of voting rights laws.

Speaking at the Berean Baptist Church in Ocala, Florida, during his 2012 campaign, Mr. Yoho expressed his fondness for limiting voting to property owners, the new video reveals.


"I’ve had some radical ideas about voting and it’s probably not a good time to tell them, but you used to have to be a property owner to vote," Mr. Yoho says.

The first-term congressman’s campaign comments echo those made by Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips who said in 2010 that returning to 19th century voting laws "makes a lot of sense.”

"If you’re not a property owner, you know, I’m sorry but property owners have a little bit more of a vested interest in the community than non-property owners," Phillips said.


The footage, uploaded by Right Wing Watch, adds to Mr. Yoho’s emerging legacy. He is a proud supporter of birtherism and has called for the United States to default on it’s debt to boost the nation's credit rating among other things. He has expressed grave doubts about the constitutionality of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and has denounced Obamacare for being racist toward white people.

The congressman outlines more of his “fear for this country” here:


(Video H/T: TPM)

Ian Blair

Ian Blair is a writer living in New York City. Follow him on Twitter: @i2theb.


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