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  •  If you want to see a "reasonable" conservative (25+ / 0-)

    pro-Voter ID Republican fly into a sputtering rage?

    Tell them that all forms of mandated by law electoral IDs must then be 100% free. Else, they are an illegal poll tax.
    You can't just prove a wingnut wrong, you have to make it hurt when he or she overreaches. This is not a fight they want to have to fight. It's reasonable, and it makes them put up or shut up about their real priority in having a voter ID law. Is it about voter "fraud" or is it about denying people you don't want to vote their vote.

    Propose a free ID and the emperor has no clothes.

    This hits their scam to deny people access right in their winger bottom lines in another area of priority: to avoid raising taxes at all costs.

    Wingnut Governors and blood-red legislatures make bank off of fees. So do so-called "moderate" Republicans who buy into the anti-tax at all costs cult.

    When William Weld came into office in Massachusetts in the early 1990's on an anti-tax cultist's plank, no fee was too petty or small to be hiked. It was something I always told myself to remember in the future. The more anti-tax a Republican is, the more likely you are to see everything they can fudge as 'not a tax' being hiked up to the heavens.

    So many anti-tax Conservative Governors spike fees and say that it is okay because fees are not taxes they cannot afford to have something that they use as a cash cow become a freebie because of their zeal to deny black people their right to vote for the sin of not voting conservatively.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 03:17:54 PM PDT

    •  Don't get me wrong (14+ / 0-)

      you still fight voter ID laws, but in states where they have been rammed in, or could be, you have to find a way to make this a fight that they don't really want to have.

      The public has to see this as always being a ratfuck. The GOP is good at muddying the waters for low-information voters and the Village courtesans, so, find a way to make it hurt if we can't kill it.

      If we can find a way to make the policy work the exact opposite way they intend it to, or to cost them money, or both, you make this less and less worth it to them.

      A non-profit pro-voting non-partisan charity that has free Voter Photo ID services, oh, and by the way you can register to vote there as well, would be a nightmare for the Right as well.

      Finding ways to put them on the defensive, or to put them in a position to be passing laws that actually blow up in their faces rather than suppress the vote they way they intend it to, has to be a back-up plan with the Supreme Court and hoards of conservative judges around the nation are.

      Even if the only benefit to be gained is that millions of people who are not paying attention and don't get its a scam now get that it is a partisan scam all about denying people their right to vote for who they vote for and who is to blame.

      I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

      by LeftHandedMan on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 03:28:06 PM PDT

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    •  wish i could rec this INFINITY TIMES (3+ / 0-)
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      the only problem is, the law that made it easy to challenge poll taxes quickly is part of what was gutted in the Voting Rights Act decision

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:36:24 PM PDT

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