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  •  Wait until election time comes around (11+ / 0-)

    and the Repug governors (see Ohio '04) start doing shit like only having one polling outlet open in heavy minority voting areas and closing them earlier than normal, etc.

    It will happen, mark my words.

    "He's the one, who likes all our pretty songs. And he likes to sing along. And he likes to shoot his gun. But he knows not what it means" - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:04:51 PM PDT

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    •  The bills in the Ohio legislature (16+ / 0-)

      contain all sorts of things intended to make voting more difficult and information harder to get. I learn a new thing each day. Early this week I learned that they will prohibit (!) boards of election from using resources to send out absentee ballots applications, without which even I would forget to send for one, especially given that they are shrinking the early voting period radically. So you have to figure out on your own when ballots become available, where to find an application or how to send for one, and then be sure you know the narrowed time frame and the increased rules for sending it in. BoEs are also now forbidden from providing postage, so you have to do that yourself.

      I also learned that pollworkers will no longer have the responsibility to direct people to the correct precinct which should enormously increase provisional ballots with two effects: it will tie up the tables and create long lines and it will cause many more votes to be invalid because cast in the wrong precinct. I don't know if it prohibits county BoEs that have been assigning workers to help people find their precincts from doing so. I wouldn't be surprised.

      These regulations essentially bar board of election from helping to make voting easier and more accessible. There is no good reason for these restrictions. They don't even pretend to prevent fictional "voter fraud." They just cop an attitude that if you aren't smart enough to jump through dozens of hoops and somehow cast a valid ballot you don't deserve to.

      I really hope there are lawsuits if these ridiculous rules pass. I'm totally disgusted.

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:15:25 PM PDT

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      •  it is war and they declared it against Americans (9+ / 0-)

        its is not a nice thing, or an interesting thing, it is war

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        by ca democrat on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:19:29 PM PDT

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      •  This is Standard GOP Operating Procedure (6+ / 0-)

        ...in Every election, Forevah.  

        Indeed, suppressing likely Democratic voter turnout is the ONLY way the right has managed to seize and maintain power, over these many years, just barely, by hook and by crook.

        But, as their increasingly hysterical and draconian rhetoric indicates, this could be the final struggle, to wrest power from their greedy, bloody hands, should we achieve actual real progressive/moderate Democratic Majorities in the House and Senate, and down the ladders of power, to a substantial enough degree.

        They are freaking out because this is a real, material potential feasibility, and they will be doubling down, in every way, on every front, to sabotage democracy any way that they can, with all of their very considerable resources, traitors to humanity that they are.

        The only way to defeat this daunting counter-revolutionary assault is a mass popular democratic electoral uprising that swamps the polls with enough votes to overwhelm all their point-shaving dirty tricks.

        Of course, we should do whatever we can, to document, expose and counter these dirty tricks, as much as possible, going into 2012.  

        It should be a very big talking point.

        But ultimately, the grassroots uprising will not come from monopoly corporate fascist commercial mass media, or even, necessarily, from Obama, or the Party.

        Obama is not our daddy, and neither is the Party.

        It's all on us, to bring the better Democrats, and mobilize the electorate, on the grassroots, to seize the power, for justice and peace, to save the planet.

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        by Radical def on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:50:54 PM PDT

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      •  What about the DOJ? (3+ / 0-)
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        Are there federal statutes that protect against some of these abuses?  In states subject to the Voting Rights Act such as Florida there may be a chance to stop it.  Too bad the Dems didn't pass legislation to secureme right to vote when they had the chance in 2009.

        The scientific uncertainty doesn't mean that climate change isn't actually happening.

        by Mimikatz on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:52:36 PM PDT

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      •  This is why Obama had thousands of lawyers at..... (4+ / 0-)
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        predominantly Democratic precincts' polls.  

        I also learned that pollworkers will no longer have the responsibility to direct people to the correct precinct which should enormously increase provisional ballots with two effects: it will tie up the tables and create long lines and it will cause many more votes to be invalid because cast in the wrong precinct. I don't know if it prohibits county BoEs that have been assigning workers to help people find their precincts from doing so. I wouldn't be surprised.

        Not because there may have been specific prohibitions but because GOP poll challengers run rough shod over the poll workers.  I have been working election protection since 2006.  A lot of the job is to direct people to the right polling place and KEEP THE LINE MOVING.

        I'll need some room for this...

        by duckhunter on Fri May 13, 2011 at 02:07:30 PM PDT

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        •  No GOP challengers in 2008 (3+ / 0-)
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          Challengers were outlawed in Ohio after 2004. I don't know if this bill brings them back. That's a two-edged sword because when they banned observers from talking to voters it also limited them helping voters. If they bring back challengers, we can challenge the shit out of them too.

          Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

          by anastasia p on Fri May 13, 2011 at 03:46:54 PM PDT

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      •  Bastards. (2+ / 0-)
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        After all Jennifer did to clean up the voting system in this state, the Wreckpublicans are blatantly trying to bury it in their garbage. Bastards, the lot of them.

        We are not given mercy because we deserve it, but because we need it.

        by Ahianne on Fri May 13, 2011 at 04:17:07 PM PDT

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      •  New Attack: GOP Is Taking The Vote From Seniors! (2+ / 0-)
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        This is not rocket science - first they are voting to cancle Medicare and promising to go after  Social Security, and they are introducing voting rules that affect millions of seniors.

        This really needs to be rolled into the Medicare message.

        It's all so clear to me now. I'm the keeper of the cheese. And you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.

        by bernardpliers on Fri May 13, 2011 at 08:13:23 PM PDT

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