Hmong Community Alleging Voter Suppression in Siskiyou County
The Daily Beast, which merged with Newsweek previously, wrote a scathing article on the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s recent attempt to stop voter fraud/intimidate minority voters (views differ widely on what occurred). The Hmong community, which is widely viewed as having moved to the area to grow marijuana, is sueing Siskiyou County.
The Beast began their story with a description of one interaction between a Hmong man and law enforcement.
The plainclothes officer was on Dollarsai Yurgh’s property with an assault rifle to “audit the vote,” he said. But the scene looked more like a stickup.
“Show me your hands!” the officer allegedly yelled, pointing his gun at Yurgh. When he finally left Yurgh’s property, it was with a warning: If Yurgh tried to vote at his current address, police would arrest him for voter fraud.
The story is an interesting look at what some might characterize as locals reacting strongly when “Green Rushers” come to an area to grow marijuana, some as attacks on the right to vote, and others as racial prejudice.
Check out the story here.