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  •  People who legally are eligible to vote (5+ / 0-)

    ...should not have to research the law and determine fees in order to register to vote.

    That and a reign of terror was how the Southern states disenfranchised freed African-Americans after the Civil War.  And that is why the Voting Rights Act prohibits this in the states that had those policies.  The problem is that Pennsylvania is not one of those Southern states.

    Counseling the diarist on what he did wrong misses the point unless you are volunteering to go help register voters in Pennsylvania and counsel them on how to get it done efficiently.

    Has someone on the Democratic side created a checklist of how to get a valid voter ID in Pennsylvania?  If so, that needs to be circulated widely in the state.  If not, why not?  This is basic GOTV stuff that has to be done yesterday.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 10:28:28 AM PDT

    •  Agree with your first sentence!! (1+ / 0-)
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      And even the rigmarole you have to go through when you move (even in a pro-voting state like Minnesota) could be eliminated with some information technology: if you are eligible to vote, you should be able to vote anywhere you like (at least within state boundaries), and the system could prevent double-voting. Not that I would recommend this until non-partisan voting officials are established at every level...

      The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. --Dante Alighieri

      by uffdalib on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 10:55:15 AM PDT

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      •  There is no such thing (1+ / 0-)
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        ...as a nopartisan official.  There are officials who have to take actions contrary to the party they personally are affiliated with or lose their jobs.  And there are officials who blatantly try to use their positions to support their party.

        As long as parties as institutions are critical to being elected, the majority with the hands on power can fiddle with voting to try to preserve their majority.

        It is the vigilance of citizens, not the nonpartisanship of officials that keep the abuses in check.  Any changes should increase the ability of citizens to conveniently keep track of what election officials are doing.

        We got what we got in 2000 because citizens had come to trust the impartiality of the voting and tabulating so much that they stopped watching.

        50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

        by TarheelDem on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 12:03:38 PM PDT

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