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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Connect The Dots USA: Voter Suppression

Re post from Connect The Dots USA






Indeed, since the November 2010 midterms when Teapublicans took over many of the state houses and governors’ mansions, there have been a rash of voter suppression schemes implemented in at least half the states. These schemes, which are designed to make voting harder for likely lefty voters, include...


• Require Specific Photo I.D. At Polls: For example, Texas’ new I.D. law permits voters to use concealed-handgun licenses as proof of identity, but not state university I.D.s. Hmmm...

• Reduce Early Voting Days: In 2008, more than one-third of voters cast ballots before election day. And Republicans certainly don’t want a repeat of the electorate that showed up in 2008 or 2012. The vote suppressors even unabashedly eliminate specific days like the Sunday before election day — when black communities have traditionally conducted their “souls-to-the-polls” after church.

• Eliminate Same-Day Registration: Because states with Election-Day registration have 7 to 12% greater turnout than states without. And Democrats benefit from higher turnout.

• Curb Registration Drives: Because 12% of minority voters report registering through voter drives, twice the rate of white voters. And we saw how Democrats win minority voters by wide margins. What’s more, 80% of the 75 million eligible voters who sat out the 2008 election were not registered to vote. Getting folks over the registration hurdle increases turnout, which is bad for Republicans.

• Reduce Poll Locations — especially in certain areas that are heavily minority or student.

• Obstruct Ex-Cons Regaining Vote: Because this disproportionately affects the Black vote. 38% of the 4 million Americans who have completed prison sentences but are still disenfranchised are Black.

Note: Voters in Arizona approved a referendum in 2004 requiring documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote. It is currently held up in the courts.

Source: “UFO Sightings Are More Common Than Voter Fraud,” Mother Jones, July 3, 2012: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/voter-id-laws-charts-maps

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