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I had to turn off Morning Joe this morning.  There was entirely too much focus on what the Republicans need to do now in order to win, and of course the unspoken assumption that Obama MUST "reach across the aisle", which the Republicans can choose to go along with or not, as suits their fancy.

But wait a minute.  We need to discuss voter suppression.  What was it?  Why did it or didn't it work?  One of the first sentences in Obama's speech had to do with fixing it.  We cannot allow this to be swept under the rug in the rush to make a "Grand Bargain."  It's more important than the mainstream media want to make it out to be.

Ok, so what was voter suppression?

Clearly it was a way for Republicans to come to terms with demographics that were and are continuing to move against them.  If you can't win with the voting population you have, change the voting population.  "Voter Fraud" was a clever way to do that, without admitting that was what you were doing.  And the mainstream media never, for the most part, went beyond "on the one hand, Democrats say, on the other hand, Republicans say" analysis.  Therefore, that this was a profound attempt to change the rules went unmentioned in "polite society"  It was nothing less than an attempted sellout of the 1960's Civil Rights movement, an attempted latter-day "end of Reconstruction".

It didn't work, but let's not forget about it just yet.  Why didn't it work?  In the first place, the most egregious efforts on voter suppression were struck down or postponed by the courts.  Beyond that, an important point is that voter suppression produced a mighty backlash of people who were mad as hell that they might be disenfranchised and were determined to vote come hell or high water.  It helped supply the missing enthusiasm for our side that the mainstream prognosticators thought would not be there.

It didn't work, but that doesn't mean they didn't try to do it.  If the courts were a little worse than they are, it might have.  If the surprise backlash weren't as strong, it might have.  We dodged a bullet and we can't forget that voter suppression was an essential part of their campaign strategy.  It fits perfectly into the Romney 47% worldview which thinks voter suppression is okay because "those people" don't REALLY deserve to vote anyway.  That's what they think.  REALLY.

This falls in the pattern of other Republican efforts such as Citizens' United, right-to-work laws and the rest.  If you can't compete with the electorate you have, change the electorate by using the power of the government to weaken your opponents.  We cannot afford to think these efforts will not continue.

Democrats have not been as adept at this game.  But we ought to be better.  We need to fight, in this era of "grand bargains" for which we will be under great pressure to accommodate to, to establish firmly the principle in law if necessary, that all citizens have an equal right to vote.  This should be part of any "grand bargain".  We should not be making any grand bargains at least until we've established that this will not happen again.

UPDATE:  wow, I wrote this thing yesterday after getting practically no sleep on election night.  It didn't really feel solid in my mind, and I figured that, like most of what I write, it would soon be forgotten.  Now here it is in the Spotlight.  On reading it again it hangs together better than I thought.  Guess I should try writing without sleep more often.


As a solution, what about a Federal ID that could be used, and mandatorily accepted, if provided by the voter, in all federal elections.  Say, a tax return, or some other document with address.  if a state was being really shitty about making IDs hard to get, this could be an alternative ID for voting.  Worth a thought.

and then we have this:
Turd Blossom Speaks

Now they are trying to muddy the waters by equating negative campaigning (which Republicans would NEVER, EVER DO) with voter suppression.  "You're the voter suppressors, not us".  

We must not let them get away with this crap.  They are equating using the power of the state to prevent people from voting with at worst persuading people to stay home.  And I don't even accept that.  Obama's ads were designed to get people to vote for him.  The fact that someone would never ever vote for Obama even though they are convinced by his ads to also dislike Romney is NOT OBAMA's FAULT.


Originally posted to stivo on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM PST.

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  •  Lesson: At State level, Sec of State is just as (35+ / 0-)

    important as Governor.  State Secs. of State control the elections.  We need to get Dems in this office if at all possible, even if the Governorship is out of reach.

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:04:33 PM PST

    •  We need to take the power of elections (31+ / 0-)

      Away from state-level SoSs and state governors and legislators of either party.  They are partisan actors and voting must be non-partisan and universally guaranteed.  The procedures governing US elections have been shown to be too easily manipulated and corrupted for partisan ends.  We may need a constitutional amendment---one that deals with voting rights along with funding of elections.

      "My dear friends, your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union." ---Representative John Lewis

      by SottoVoce on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:21:50 PM PST

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      •  Agree (8+ / 0-)

        We need to have national election laws/rules/guidelines.  There should be one ballot design, one way of counting votes etc...  

        Also, I can kill you with my brain.

        by Puffin on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:04:28 PM PST

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        •  Respectfully disagree w/ National Guidelines ... (2+ / 0-)
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          for ballot design.  Each state can be different enough to make this more trouble than it is worth. Federalism allows for adjustment to local concerns. A "one size fits all" ballot is just as likely to create problems as solution. Just remember the god-awful Help America Vote Act that gave us the solution to hanging chads: hackable computer voting systems.

          Control of SoS offices is a good goal in the short run. A great long run great should be independent non-partisan commissions for legislative redistricting. IF you were looking for a national law that encouraged such a change, perhaps with economic incentives, that also might more easily pass constitutional muster than a uniform ballot measure.

          With the demographic changes threatening current Republican control in some states, there would eventually be a window to allow them to hang on to some seats in the House and state legislatures a little longer, thereby bringing them to the table on this issue.

          •  Minimum standards for voter guides (5+ / 0-)

            Some states have excellent voter guides that are mailed to every registered voter in advance. Some have voter guides that you can find if you search on the web. And some have neither. In these states it is left up to voters to find out where their polling station is, what is on the ballot, and what they should vote for. This is quite a burden for most people.

            Every voter should receive comprehensive information about upcoming elections. This shouldn't even be controversial, but of course it is.

      •  Agree, even with GOP House of Reps, we (5+ / 0-)

        could maybe still work an amendment into some compromise bill elsewhere to help provide more federal oversight and uniformity into elections, increase penalties for vote manipulation, introduce standards to ensure redundancy and transparency into vote tabulation- both electronic and paper ballots- and to make sure there's no BS blocking eligible voters from going to the polls.

        Virtually every other legit democratic country takes the voting process very seriously and has uniform standards for all voters and regions. Heck, even China often uses an electoral process to pick local and community leaders, and they have tough penalties against shenanigans as well as redundant systems to make sure the votes are accurately counted.

        The mess in 2012 in Florida yet again among other irregularities is proving to be a major embarrassment to the USA's reputation as a functioning democracy overseas. It has to be addressed for the good of the nation.

      •  We have no power to do that (0+ / 0-)

        The fed govt certainly can't order the states to do that-

        we would have better luck investing and and trying to elect SOS in key Dem states.

        The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. --George Orwell

        by jgkojak on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 09:03:07 AM PST

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    •  That has been my contention all alone (5+ / 0-)

      the SoS is VERY important because he/she controls elections in the state.

      If you don't win the Governor's chair, the SoS is a great catch.

  •  To this moment, I do not think the Rs realized (25+ / 0-)

    what they were triggering when they started with this voter suppression stuff, that the supposed and intended victims would not just be a little frustrated and would walk away, but instead would see this as a deja vu to the Sixties where people they knew died to get them the right to vote, and now here were these jerks trying to do it again as if nothing had changed, and marched out to fight one more time for what should have been a done deal long ago. Getting ninety three percent of African Americans is idiotically united given what we know at other times about African Americans and a variety of issues but the dummy Rs managed to do it, that and some as well for a lot of other groups who were made byRs to feel the heat of bad times past once more breathing up their backs, when the remedy to it was plain, go out and don't come back until you have voted.

    I have still not figured out how sane persons anyway could justify disenfranchising a hundred thousand people in their state in order to catch that year's share of fifty fraud cases over a decade in the state which had a lot of them. But 'sane' is the magic word in that sentence, I know, I know.

    •  And it's Cumulative. This is on top of other forms (10+ / 0-)

      of disenfranchisement and discrimination being perpetrated by the GOP.

      Look back at OWs protests and the insane way that the GOP responded and encouraged police brutality.

      All the attempts to Redefine Rape and the slut shaming.

      The Gay Bashing.

      All that nasty behavior aimed at various groups of minorities, that as a whole outnumber these old white men considerably, and for some reason they couldn't imagine that we would all band together and vote against them.

      •  And, it's not over (3+ / 0-)

        The past is prologue, we will see this again.  The Republican strategy is necessarily to do this in 2014 and 2016, the only difference is that they will be better at it.  Those court issues will have been put away, the arguments will be more complete, and the compliant media (think Morning Joe) will have prepared the groundwork for a much harder push.  This isn't something Republicans did on a whim, they will not be deterred by their lack of success in 2012.





    by theChild on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:16:09 PM PST

    •  The 1% want slaves. (2+ / 0-)
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      One good analogy is the Romans during their empire. That is what these guys want.

      George Bush was spot on about it: "We're an empire now."

      He said that inside the White House for at least a year, well into 2004. Made him feel good.

      Google [ george anderson florence cioffi] or [mitt romney leola anderson]. They want and get special legal privileges, including walking away from vehicular homicides. That's 2008 and 1968 so don't pretend it's anything new.

      "The rich are different." Yeah... they want slaves and they want the freedom to fuck 'em when and where they want.

  •  A comprehensive set of Federal Standards is key. (14+ / 0-)

    The states can still run their own elections. But to guarantee the right to vote there should be a floor of standards below which no state can sink. A broad coast to coast set of rules about things like early voting, voter id, provisional ballots, ballot design, machinery used, etc.

    The Federal Government has the authority to do this with regard to House and Senate races already. There is no reason to think they don't have the right to set some low level standards and guiding principals above which the states are welcome to overachieve in order to increase turnout but below which no state can stoop.

    The states or hell even the office of Secretary of State should also get federal money perks in years where actual voter turnout increases by a certain amount. This way the SOS is encouraged to do a good job about getting as many votes cast and counted as possible.

    We lose if we choose to forget; the lives of men, and money spent.

    by DeanDemocrat on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:16:14 PM PST

    •  i don't know that this would work so well... (4+ / 0-)

      in a Republican lead state government.

      The states or hell even the office of Secretary of State should also get federal money perks in years where actual voter turnout increases by a certain amount
      Republicans can just say screw that, we'll run the our elections however we like.  their mantra is pretty much not taking government money.  some Republican governors didn't want to accept federal money to implement the Affordable Healthcare Act.

      I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

      by blue drop on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:40:16 PM PST

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      •  Congress Has An Explicit Authority... (4+ / 0-)
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        PeterHug, lonespark, skod, DarkestHour make regulations for the election of its members:

        The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.
        Technically, a state could insist that it's not bound by such regulations for the Presidential election, but the only way to stand on that loophole in practice would be to hold a separate election in parallel, which would 1)subject voters, including the well-heeled white male ones, to the sort of arbitrary PITA that gets people's dander up, 2)a blatant and obvious waste of state taxpayer money, and 3)present a clear contrast in terms of wait time, etc, between the two elections that refutes on its face any possible explanation other than voter suppression. Given that the current crop of voter suppression tactics depend heavily on stealth and deniability (lest they trigger the sort of backlash we've just seen), that simply wouldn't work.

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        by stevemb on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:51:29 AM PST

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  •  what someone else commented... (9+ / 0-)

    a few days ago in a discussion about how easy it is for most Americans to vote.

    there should be a federal law against changes that affect federal elections within one year of the election.
    i entirely agree.  at the very least Democrats can start there.  if you're going to make people jump through hoops you have to give them time.  better that there are no hoops involved at all but people need to, at least, have a clear idea of the rules heading into an election.  not just weeks or even days before one.

    I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

    by blue drop on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:56:56 PM PST

    •  The polls need to stay open longer and there needs (7+ / 0-)

      to be a federal holiday to accommodate working people and families with children, so that they too can reasonably access the polls.

      •  make it a holiday would be nice (0+ / 0-)

        some employers may be unhappy to pay out one extra holiday.  maybe early voting could be extend to one full week and not be limited to just weekends.  some people work on weekends.  some people have to work every Tuesday.  with jobs operating 7 days a week not everyone will get the same two days off for their "weekend".  i know from living in that situation and my partner's employer.  everyone is required to work weekends for 10 hours but they all have different days off during the week.  so, a full week of early voting would work best in that type of situation if a national holiday could not be arranged.

        I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

        by blue drop on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 12:48:15 PM PST

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      •  that's 10 hours each day every weekend (0+ / 0-)

        depending on early voting hours the particular employees of this company may not be able to vote on a weekend.

        I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

        by blue drop on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 12:51:20 PM PST

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  •  Fedral elections are the responsibility of the (10+ / 0-)

    federal government per the Constitution. Congress could take over the whole show: ballots, registration, machines, hours, etc by creating a federal election service. If the states or localities wanted to join their ballots & elections with the federal elections they could chose to do so.
    Lots of countries (Australia for example) do this. Our "system" sucks & last night PBO indicated a desire to fix it.
    It is long overdue.

    Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin "New Yorker"

    by chuck utzman on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:11:43 PM PST

    •  Federal Ballot (4+ / 0-)

      For each state there should be a federal ballot for pres.,senators,house reps.Easy peasy to count.Separate ballot for state and municipal candidates,inititives,referenda,etc.These should be mailed to registered voters.They would have time to study,think,research,whatever.And then mail in or drop off.No polling stations,no 3-4-5-6-7-8-hour line-ups to  vote.Way cheaper.

      We could certainly slow down the aging process if it had to work its way through Congress. Will Rogers

      by zestyann on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:08:49 AM PST

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      •  There won't be two ballots (0+ / 0-)

        Too inefficient, too complicated for mail ins, too confusing for voters and too expensive to count and store.
        But there definitely needs to be federal standards, and  voting machines should either be developed by the federal government or banned.

        "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

        by shmuelman on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:40:33 AM PST

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      •  Not a good idea (0+ / 0-)

        Down slate races would be ignored, which means voter suppression just moves down a notch and we get teabagger Governors forever.

  •  Voter suppression is a urgent critical issue that (11+ / 0-)

    should NOT be swept under the rug. As Stivo  the diarist has stated we might have dodged the bullet this time, but the attempts of voter suppression will not stop. The history of such attempts indicate that they are getting more frequent, wide-spread and more sophisticated. These attempts are part of a strategy that I don't believe will stop as part of an agreement.

    There has to be a concerted and sustained work to expose the Republican party as using this to suppress voting and steal elections! What has happened in Wisconsin over the last two election cycles, with basic democratic rights, the right to unionize attacked, and many efforts to weaken and destroy unions, I see as a test case, if I may say - a prototype lab that will be used in other places if they are allowed!!

    These attempts, some which are successful of voter suppression are very dangerous also because they discourage voters in general some in far away districts or states, many who are already discouraged about the value of voting!

    The time to raise this issue and work on ways to fight it is now, not around election time, when raising it - even if necessary can discourage people, if they think that the process is already set up and decided!

    Yes We Can - Tear Down the Walls of fear, hate & division!

    by SpringFever on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:26:11 PM PST

  •  Think "reaching across the aisle" is needed? (14+ / 0-)

    Fine, motherfuckers. You do it.

    Let's see Eric Cantor and John Kyl go on bended knee to Barack Obama with an olive branch.

    Until then: eat the voters' will, gentlemen. Heaping plates full.

    Have a flagon and discuss the news of the day at the sign of the Green Dragon, or hear me roar on Twitter @MarkGreenFuture

    by Dracowyrm on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:02:57 PM PST

  •  Polls vs the results in OH (13+ / 0-)

    I firmly believe that in OH,  Rove, the Kochs and the Romney campaign spent a lot of money and effort to suppress our vote.  The polling averages in other swing states were spot on;  a partially successful supression effort (along with a large increase in provisional ballots) may very well explain why Obama's win was in the 1% range, and not the 3% or 4% that polling seemed to suggest.  It may also explain why the Romney campaign seemed so surprised.

    It would be good to know what these clowns were doing behind our backs.  I'm guessing it would involve tactics used by Scott Walker's allies last Spring.  I'd guess that OFA  must have been somewhat aware of these tactics, and that it had some success in counteracting them

    [I]t is totally not true that Mitt Romney strapped Paul Ryan to the top of a car and drove him to Canada. Stop spreading rumors! -- Gail Collins

    by mbayrob on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:51:46 PM PST

  •  Nothing will be done. Nothing is ever done. (2+ / 0-)
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    lonespark, maybeeso in michigan

    Once the winner was declared, the parties moved on to other things. They are just votes, with no monetary value. Pols can't profit by fixing it so they ignore it.

    Very sad.

    "It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." - Morpheus

    by CitizenOfEarth on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:05:01 AM PST

  •  A-f*cking-men (1+ / 0-)
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    I ditto your entire post.

    It's too easy to forget about this stuff when you win. No one should have to deal with intimidation at the polls. It sucks up our resources as well, when we have to dedicate volunteers to watching the polls instead of turning out the vote or talking about issues.

    The Rapture will be cancelled due to budget cuts. -- Bill in Portland

    by brooklynliberal on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:20:54 AM PST

  •  tip'd & rec'd. as with so many other problems (2+ / 0-)
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    plaguing our country, all we have to do to solve this one is look to other democracies & see how they mangage their elections.

    in most of them, an independent agency, free of any political bias, oversees all aspects of elections from ballot design to vote counting & they don't seem to have any of the problems we do.

    as for registration, many of the world's democracies assign a voter id # at birth to individuals & upon reaching majority age (whatever the particular country deems it to be) the person is automatically registered to vote.  no forms to fill out to be later thrown in dumpsters, no need to stand in lines at registrars' offices, etc.

    we don't have to reinvent the wheel to solve this.  just follow the examples of other countries that run their elections a lot better than we do.

  •  Voter Suppression was part of their campaign (6+ / 0-)

    strategy in 2008 too.

    Back then the GOPers tried to pass new laws just before vote time, that would have disenfranchised newly dispossessed homeowners. This happened in several states.

    For all these assholes claim that they "think" that all this is Obama's Fault, they sure were scrambling to cover the GOP's ass after Bush Jr's economic implosion of the US with the shattering of the housing bubble.

    •  Don't forget the Florida felons lists (2+ / 0-)
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      to disenfranchise Texas!  Texas used lists from Florida (or was it the other way around?) to find similar names and claim they were ineligible to vote.

      Ya gotta watch 'em every time.

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:59:39 AM PST

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  •  Question. (3+ / 0-)
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    lonespark, OldDragon, salmo

    Is the Florida mess deliberate GOP voter suppression? Who's following that situation?

    Think what woould be happening now if the Florida outcome would decide the election!

    GOP: Bankers, billionaires, suckers, and dupes.

    by gzodik on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 05:55:18 AM PST

  •  Problem is it did work (3+ / 0-)

    It always works unfortunately.  However, the overwhelming majority of the voters that did vote Democrat wiped out the advantage in most major races.  But what about the races that were decided by a few hundred votes and went to the Republican?  Are we so sure that voter suppression techniques didn't give them the win?  

    Here in Arizona there's a massive amount of uncounted votes still, many of which are provisional ballots and the voter must PHYSICALLY come down to an office and verify who they are.  Many low income voters won't have that luxury and we have state races that are just hundreds of votes apart.  There is no way there should be so many provisional ballots anywhere.  We should be doing everything in our power to allow people that put the time and effort into voting to have their vote counted without delay and additional effort.  

    I am certain that the overly restrictive laws here will put some Republicans into office that would have lost in a free and open election.

    "A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism." -- Carl Sagan

    by artmartin on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:02:01 AM PST

    •  At least serious voter suppression efforts (4+ / 0-)

      by a state government is one of the most odious practices, thoroughly anti-American, and will rile up the voters. That's why we're seeing all the contrition from Rick Scott. Florida, and other states, use a variety of methods that are subtler and much more effective. 1) Lifetime voting ban (or making it wildly difficult to get voting rights back) on convicted felons. This is strongly aimed at the black & brown populations. 2) Persistent gerrymandering making safe seats. This is how the Republicans held the House and how useless legislators who never can pass a bill, like Michele Bachman, can hold her seat. 3) A propaganda system that preaches "government is the problem," and "they're all alike" to passively dissuade voting and political involvement. 4) A shitty educational system that cranks out illiterate teenagers.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:50:14 AM PST

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  •  Enshrine the right to vote in the Constitution (1+ / 0-)
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    Until faced with the myriad ways Republicans use to suppress the vote, we tend to think of voting as a right, on par with free speech, armed bears, etc.  But it's not. Court rulings have made it clear that it's a second-tier right.

    Caging, purging, ID, etc. work because they place the burden of proof on the voter:  prove your eligibility, prove your citizenship, prove your residence.

    Language to be worked on, but I'd welcome an amendment that makes all voters/votes presumed to be valid, requires states to allow election-day registration, and places the burden of proof on the challenger.


    honi soit qui mal y pense

    by admadm on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:07:19 AM PST

  •  Voter fraud hoax (0+ / 0-)

    In  Texas ,you have 17 days of voting , if you wanted to vote ,you would have no problem ,waiting   the last minute ,sometime could cost you ,your voting rights ,

  •  There are several manifestations and each must (2+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, salmo

    be addressed. Also, we will make much quicker progress as a party if we do.

    Votes are suppressed through registration hurdles, ID laws, disinformation (where, when & how to vote), voter challenges, disenfranchising ex-felons, ballot tossing, vote counting, ballots disqualified on basis of signatures by non-experts, inadequate voting facilities, voting hours, etc.

    Purging predominantly minority voters and requiring them to present IDs to vote in the face of VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT VOTER FRAUD is RACISM! I hereby declare all consenting Republicans RACISTS until they stand up and object to these practices!

    by Words In Action on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:18:37 AM PST

    •  And business owners and religious leaders (0+ / 0-)

      intimidating and/or coercing employees and members to vote for Republicans.

      And, of course, then there's Citizen's United.

      Purging predominantly minority voters and requiring them to present IDs to vote in the face of VIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT VOTER FRAUD is RACISM! I hereby declare all consenting Republicans RACISTS until they stand up and object to these practices!

      by Words In Action on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:20:11 AM PST

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  •  SIMPLE (3+ / 0-)
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    1st: I've been wanting to say this FOR years. I held back when we were accomplishing once in a century healthcare reform.
    I was never angrier in my life, than when the two bit (the absurdity of) crooks on the SCOTUS, broke the separation of powers & stole my sacred vote here in Ca., in Florida in 2000.
    It was an impeachable OFFENSE.
    I am still that angry! I repeat; I am still that angry!
    A: National holiday for federal elections. A quote from someone on another liberal blog, (I hope I'm OK quoting them).
    "Every four years there comes a day that has the solemn dignity of both Veterans Day and Memorial Day. That day also has the patriotic zeal of the Fourth of July and the same promise of a new beginning as with any New Year's Day or someone's birthday. It's the one day that says, I am an American. That day is election day."
    B: The Federal government SIMPLY reimburses states for the cost of their elections with House, Senate & Presidential candidates.
    The states could use the money in these times.

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