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  •  North Carolina Dems need to invest big $ in VBM (4+ / 0-)

    Last year in Florida, after the GOP pulled a similar stunt to limit early voting, OFA and the state party spent millions of dollars calling every Democratic "irregular voter", and mailed them absentee ballot applications two or three times as the election approached. The result was that the gap in absentee ballots closed from GOP +15% in 2008 to GOP +3% in 2012. It made all the difference.

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    by TrueBlueDem on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:02:41 AM PDT

    •  Can anyone in North Carolina (1+ / 0-)
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      vote absentee? Or is it limited to certain voters or situations? In some states, voters must show a reason for voting absentee.

      "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat."--Will Rogers

      by vgranucci on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:11:34 AM PDT

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    •  I've always been permanent VBM for those reasons. (2+ / 0-)
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      JamieG from Md, Eric Nelson

      When I lived in Boston my polling place wasn't even wheelchair accessible (flagrantly so - there was no elevator - we're not just debating clearances and slopes here).  That will be one way to counter this, and vote-by-mail is very popular when introduced; even if conservative state legislatures wanted to get rid of it, I think they would face a huge backlash.  Their voters (e.g. elderly, retired) benefit from it too (which I'm fine with - public participation is good, so long as the entire public can participate)

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:55:09 AM PDT

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