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There are several ways to win an election. One is to promote policies that appeal to a majority of people. Another is to fight like hell to turn out your supporters, and hope they number more than the opposition.

And when all that fails, there's the GOP way.

After examining the plethora of bills introduced in statehouses this year that, among other things, would reduce poll hours and require voters to show photo ID, it seems clear that Republicans are trying to make it harder for certain groups to vote. The Advancement Project, an advocacy group of civil rights attorneys, called the push “the largest legislative effort to scale back voting rights in a century.”

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Republican legislators have introduced bills that would diminish access to the voting booth in over 40 states. All of these Republican proposals focus on one apparent goal: restrict ballot access and shrink the electorate—often in ways that would decrease Democratic votes.

Republicans have lost a significant chunk of votes by going after Medicare, and demographics are stacked against them. Their core base groups are shrinking as a percentage of Americans, and despite 2010, they're more and more a regional party. 2010 gifted them majorities in places where they soon will lose them, so this is a last-gasp effort to stack the deck in their favor.

The Republican Party is a deeply anti-democratic (small "d") party. Rather than fight for greater ballot access, it is specifically working on restricting it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM PDT.

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  •  SEEMS?? (18+ / 0-)

    With as many states doing it, the suppression will be measurable.

    I wonder if anyone is adjusting polling for likely-to-attempt-and-to-be-permitted voters?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:50:01 PM PDT

    •  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

          Single Payer: Healthcare Privately Delivered, Publically Funded http://www.healthcare-now.org & http://www.guaranteedhealthcare.org

          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.

          Photobucket

          Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle. Information is the ultimate key.

          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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          Jeff Y, Ahianne, RunawayRose

          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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          Jeff Y, Ahianne, mightymouse, RunawayRose

          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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          Jeff Y, RunawayRose

          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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          Jeff Y, RunawayRose

          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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  •  Disenfranchisement (12+ / 0-)

    The right's strategy has been woefully in evidence at least since the 2000 election. All manner of vote suppression techniques have been deployed. I've felt at least since '04 that to be successful we need to establish strong federal election standards. Fat chance of it happening though.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:51:55 PM PDT

  •  And they're winning (7+ / 0-)

    The courts are allowing "voter ID" laws seemingly to fly in the face of "Jim Crow" and poll tax. But then again, that's another Republican screed, "The Constitution be damned!*".









    *Except for carefully misquoted parts of it

    As soon as you have people telling other people how to live/think/behave because "god gave them authority" you effectively get dictators in funny looking hats.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:52:04 PM PDT

  •  This should be the subject (4+ / 0-)

    of a mainstream news article. It is clear and obvious to anyone paying attention. Hopefully Kos' piece gets the ball rolling.

    E Pluribus Unum: Out of many, one.

    by Ian Reifowitz on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:54:51 PM PDT

  •  Just one more reason (12+ / 0-)

    To constantly repeat the mantra:

    REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE.

    REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE.

    REPUBLICANS VOTED TO END MEDICARE.

    They seem to be particularly vulnerable to that, and upset about it.  So I will make a point of constantly repeating it.

    One day I feel I'm ahead of the wheel / the next it's rolling over me / I can get back on / I can get back on

    by slippytoad on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:56:50 PM PDT

    •  If we can capitalize on it (1+ / 0-)
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      They seem to be particularly vulnerable to that, and upset about it.

      I hope Obama and the Senate Dems can restrain their "urge to bipartizanilize" and help out Mitch McConnell. Fortunately, the Repubs haven't figured out a way to suppress the seniors' vote without decimating their own chances, but you can be sure they are working on it now that they have pissed off most of those on or near the age to draw Social Security.

      The reason they were the good old days: we were neither good nor old.

      by carolita on Fri May 13, 2011 at 02:15:19 PM PDT

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  •  Voter ID is all but locked up here in Wisconsin. (6+ / 0-)

    We may be able to delay it in the courts, at least...

    Damn, I miss my state.

    If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

    by AnnieJo on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:58:04 PM PDT

  •  They're trying this, because the other method ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, yaque, mightymouse

    ... has failed.

    That's the one where "good people" get two or three votes.

    Thank you, Joseph Heller, for the great line from your great book.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:58:53 PM PDT

  •  Citizens United is what's saving (6+ / 0-)

    the GOP's ass right now. If they didn't have that they would be finished.

    Unfortunately, unless we start coming up with ways to get our hands on massive amounts of cash soon, I don't see any way for us moving forward to compete with them anymore.

    "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 01:00:06 PM PDT

  •  Now doing time in California (15+ / 0-)
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — A former California congressional candidate convicted of lying about a mailer sent to Latino voters in 2006 warning that immigrants could not vote was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison.

    Tan Nguyen, a Republican who was running for Congress in Orange County, will also serve six months in a residential re-entry program and three years of supervised release, federal prosecutor Greg Staples said.

    Nguyen declined to comment on the hearing before U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter except to say it didn't go well.

    He will start serving his term March 28.

    A jury convicted Nguyen in December of one count of obstruction of justice for lying to state investigators about his knowledge of a letter sent to 14,000 registered Democrats with Latino surnames during his bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez in 2006.

    It's a multi-pronged approach. If you can't legislate Democrats from voting you can still threaten them with arrest. Whatever works.

    It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. - Gertrude Stein

    by Red Bean on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:00:19 PM PDT

  •  The NC GOP is on the case - Jim Crow v2 (14+ / 0-)
    North Carolina's early-voting period would be cut up to seven days in legislation narrowly supported Thursday by House members, who are divided over how the proposal would influence elections.

    More than 2.4 million voters were cast ballots at one-stop sites in the 2008 general election marked by Barack Obama's presidential victory, or 55 percent of the entire electorate who cast ballots that fall

    Obama was the first Democrat to receive North Carolina's electoral votes in 32 years, and his razor-thin victory was secured in large part by a 300,000-vote advantage over Republican John McCain early voting.

    Fifty-two percent of the registered black votes cast ballots in the 2008 general election through early or traditional absentee voting, compared to 40 percent of the registered white votes, according to State Board of Elections data. It was also the first general election in which people at early voting sites could register to vote and cast a ballot the same day.

    http://www.wral.com/...

    Republicans are desperate to reverse what Democrats used to their advantage in 2008. Thankfully, Gov Perdue can veto this sucker.

    There should never be a tax benefit for companies that screw over American workers.

    by bear83 on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:00:48 PM PDT

  •  Yet another argument..... (12+ / 0-)

    ...for Oregon's vote by mail system.  :)

    Yeah, I know.  We tend to be kinda insufferably smug about that one.  Deal with it.  :)

  •  I have said this before I would repeat.... (12+ / 0-)

    The GOP hates democracy. They cannot tolerate a different view point.  A typical conservative mind would fit squarely into a Taliban setup.
    -If the institutions of the nation were not that strong the GOP would have abolished elections...
    --I am so dissilutioned with America. I'm an immigrant. Before I came here I would have stood up to take a bullet for America. Not anymore.
    --Where I come from, everything is done to surpress voting. Never in my wildest dreams, did I think I would live to see such in America.....what a shame!!!

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

    by tuma on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:01:27 PM PDT

  •  I have said it before, (11+ / 0-)

    and will say it again:

    The current right wing is not only un-American, but actively anti-American.  Every precept this country was based on - equality, representation of the people by their peers, anti-royalism, freedom of worship and speech - all of them are opposed buy the right wing.

    I am still learning, but the teachers often suck.

    by trumpeter on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:05:00 PM PDT

    •  It's all about projection (6+ / 0-)

      The GOP's calling cards are...

      Scaring the Bejeezus out of old people (while trying to kill Medicare/Social Security/etc.)

      Crying Voter Fraud every election cycle (while trying to deny legal voters the ability to vote)

      Loudly talking about a breakdown in our  moral values (pick a GOP scandal, any scandal, and they'll be repenting after finding religion again... sigh)

      Declare that the Gays/Liberals/Hippies are destroying America (while supporting the exportation of our jobs, destroying our environment and using the debt ceiling as a hostage)

      Whatever they say is just a projection of their own values.

      Above Grecian mantles were chiseled these words... Know Thyself... Nothing in Excess... the pop philosophy of its day.

      by ravagerofworlds2 on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:21:58 PM PDT

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    •  I have said it ... (0+ / 0-)
      "The current right wing is not only un-American, but actively anti-American"...

      America makes so much noise about democracy...but don't be fooled....we are barely democratic.
      -Scandinavian countries, followed by mainland Europe are way democratic than America can ever hope to be.
      --How can a nation that is supposed to be beacon of light embark on surpressing voter participation?
      --How can a nation that is supposed to be a beacon of freedom put it's politics up to the biggest bidder?
      --the day I landed at Dulles Airport and after clearing customs, I touched the earth  and wiped across my forehead....in my culture that's as high as graitude can go. That was in 1996. Since 2000 I have watched with utter bewilderment  and dismay the direction this nation has taken
      --The pledge I made to myself was that, my child MUST enter the military even if temporal as our own contribution to defending the values of our adopted homeland.
      -- Since Bush came the power  the discourse that  has ensued has completely shaken my belief in American. I don't think I'd be encouraging my 6 old to sign up anymore. What would I be "encouraging" him to sacrifice himself for?
      --So that Kocks of this world can buy more states and university faculty?
      --So that voters can be disenfranchised?
      --So that wowen cannot have control over their own health?
      --So that trickle up economics become the norm?
      --So that a minority president cannot never be accepted in some quarters?
      --So that workers cannot band together to bargain?
      --so that science can be subverted and denied?
      --I'm really really really disappointed in America. Maybe I had been too idealistic....and the America I knew growing up and yearned to touch was merely a fog, a mirage, it had never been real.

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:58:15 PM PDT

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  •  I guess the silver lining in all of this is that (4+ / 0-)

    it shows just how weak the GOP is, and they know it. They've been using dirty tricks since before Nixon's time, but this is the first time in recent memory (not counting Bush v. Gore) that they've used the legislatures to suppress turnout. They know that no Brooks Brothers Riot or phony fliers are going to save them this time.

    That they're using such blatant, hamfisted tactics just goes to show how desperate they are.

  •  It just stinks to high heaven. (4+ / 0-)
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    cka, yaque, hilltopper, Ahianne

    Damn, they always want to "restrict access" of one kind and other. This is what they are all about. Keep it, you know, rarefied. Can't have THEM corrupting your ideals, or power, or anything.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:09:09 PM PDT

  •  In Georgia (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, Ahianne

    we have a voter ID law.  This is a Republican damn state anyway, but it doesn't hurt to suppress votes to the 'n-th degree.

    They pushed the law through drummed up charges of widespread 'voter fraud.' That was bullshit.

    Don't need a picture ID to vote absentee, though, where most fraud could occur - and where Republicans vote in larger numbers.

    The law was initially struck down, as I remember, because of the cost for a picture ID.  It was considered a form of poll tax, and in a Southern state with past disenfranchisement of the black vote, that didn't go over with the court (however, Bush's fucked up legal team at DOJ thought it was just, er, peachy fine).

    So, now anyone can get a free ID card at a registrar's office or driver services office to vote (gotta have a bunch of proof of who you are) and the state even promised a mobile ID van to go around to all 159 counties in the state providing opportunity to get a voter ID closer to poor residences.  I think the van idea has quietly gone away, red state fucks.

  •  I will laugh so hard when their efforts fail (9+ / 0-)

    Voter ID rules are meant to discourage "dark" people from voting, but studies show that it doesn't work all that well--- some elections turnout is lower, some elections it's higher.  I don't know why they bother, since nearly everyone has some form of ID already, and to be honest, how many of people who don't have ID will vote anyways?  

    Note: I'm not saying that this means voter ID laws are a good idea, just that they won't be as effective as Republicans hope.  That is, when you count the fact that there's no fraud it addresses, these laws are doubly useless.

    I know what you're saying: Dude, it takes a moment's worth of rational thought to figure that out, and that's more than a Republican is willing to spend on the matter.

    Besides, even if these laws did manage to suppress turnout, in 2012, there will be three things that will overcome Republican efforts:

    1) Obama will be on the ballot, and he's got long coattails.  A lot of people like this guy, go figure.

    2) People will have lived for nearly two years under Republicans showing their true colors.  Contrary to what you might think, people really aren't stupid.  Trusting to a fault, maybe, but not stupid.

    3) Liberals are out in force, and better organized than in a long time.  

    •  I agree (6+ / 0-)

      It is likely that the vast majority of people who lack any ID are in the 30-35% non-voter pool, even in Presidential election years. Many states require ID information (driver's license or state ID #) to even register to vote.

      Voter ID laws are a racist fraud, but Obama managed to win Indiana, and it's not as if he was holding a large lead in the polls there.

      Picking away at the fringes will never keep up with the demographic tide. Many of these laws will be watered down or eliminated entirely within the decade.

      (-2.38, -3.28) Independent thinker

      by TrueBlueDem on Fri May 13, 2011 at 04:29:02 PM PDT

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  •  And what I want to know is... (4+ / 0-)
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    what can we - and what can I - do to fight back against this?

    Just reading and hearing about this makes me literally sick to my stomach. It makes me feel angry, frightened and powerless. And I'm not OK with that.

    And while this darkness deserves - and needs - to have the everloving crap cursed out of it, I'd really love to hear Kossacks ideas about how to start lighting the candles.

    Where would you , my wiser Kossack friends, begin? Is this a question of getting media exposure, voter education, litigation a la ACLU or something else entirely? What do you believe would be most effective?

    Because I refuse to take this anti-democratic, unAmerican wave lying down. If you value anything in life you have to be prepared to fight for it. And I value our democracy very dearly indeed.

    "No, I still got *my* saber, Reverend. Didn't turn it into no plough-share, neither."

    by brooklyns finest on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:30:17 PM PDT

    •  Make it a campaign issue in your district. (1+ / 0-)
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      Ahianne

      A one stop voter reminder and voter warner, naming who is being warned against, but plugging what things are necessary to prove your right to vote and where and how to get them - only Dems stand for the right of all to vote, and are not afraid of what voters say when they get to do it.

      Brooklyn is easier because NYC has provisional ballot judges standing by in courthouses and such just to resolve who is entitled to vote despite a challenge from the Rs, but other places are not so lucky.

      I am in an 'all mail in' state so this issue does not appear in the same way.  In states like mine, the alert that something is wrong with a voter's record is probably when the voter's manual does not arrive on or about the first day of early voting, and the ballot does not itself arrive.  Mail voting has its problems and the absence of mailings may not alert people to problems, until it is too late.

  •  There needs to be a (3+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, hilltopper, Ahianne

    change is strategy in these states which are reinstituting what amounts to a poll tax.  I am not in such a state, but those who are should be able to organize to get potential voters who are unable themselves to a government office for an ID card.  If they have to pay for something other than a license -- it is a poll tax.  Especially hard hit are Native Americans on reservations.  The effort doubles as a way to educate -- no matter which party the person is in.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:32:56 PM PDT

  •  It's been their M.O. since 2000. Fix the ballots, (2+ / 0-)
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    fix the vote counting mechanisms, restrict access, stack the courts to rule in their favor and we got 8 years of George W. What-the-Hell-am-I-Doing-Here Bush.  

    They only want to call it a democracy.  Actually letting it function is antithetical to their entire agenda.  When the majority rules, the upper class has to pay taxes and follow the law.  WTF?  No way!  When you're a Republican you don't have to do either.  Period!  Republicans are the priviledged who get away with everything, as long as the majority don't have the POWER to stop them.

    Now that the base is fired up for CiC Obama, who is obviously more qualified, more intelligent, more effective, more EVERYTHING than any of them are, they've got no choice but to steal whatever they can, any way they can.

    F'k 'em.  OBAMA 2012 AND MORE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS!!!!  Can't wait to get rid of these greedy, sick, f'ks.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:39:09 PM PDT

  •  So why aren't the Dems pushing back? (3+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, mightymouse, supercereal

    Republicans only win when people don't vote, so Democrats ought to be thinking strategically to increase the overall voter base.

    Progressives need to be pushing issues like:

    1) Instant run-off voting.

    2) Vote by mail.

    3) National standards for restoration of voting rights for prisoners who have served their time.

    4) Instant voter registration. Basically, if you're a citizen and are over 18, you are automatically enrolled to vote.

    5) No strings attached absentee ballots.

    6) Federal laws which specifically smack down state attempts at voter suppression.

    7) Move voting day to the weekend and/or have polls open for more than one day.

    8) Justice department investigation of voter suppression under the Voting Rights Act.

    9) Australian ballot - where voters are required to vote. Better yet, make a voting receipt a prerequisite to get your tax refund. That will bring people to the polls!

    Obama: At least he gives a good speech.

    by Permanent Republican Minority on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:48:13 PM PDT

  •  Somewhat related (2+ / 0-)
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    I live in a small city in a blue state.  The city is more Republican.  I volunteered to help at the polls a couple of years back and talked to the Democratic voter registrar.  She said they were covered but then went to the Republican registrar to see if they needed anyone.  I told the Republican I was a Democrat and she said, "Honey, you're a voter and a resident -- we don't make distinctions for poll watchers."  She had enough volunteers as well, but my respect for her is enormous.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:50:30 PM PDT

  •  The Democratic Party (1+ / 0-)
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    needs to devote a large amount of money to address election fraud and voter suppression in the next election.  And they damn well better be prepared to fight, because if you thought caging, knocking voters off the rolls, suddenly "found" votes on non verifiable voting machines and other malfeasance was bad during past elections, just wait.  

    "The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering."

    by rlharry on Fri May 13, 2011 at 01:52:04 PM PDT

  •  A bill in the MO General Assembly would eliminate (1+ / 0-)
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    the requirement that a party's emblem be placed above the party's name on the ballot.  I am unaware of any reasons given as to why this will be good for the people of MO.  The GOP also have a bill to to count absentee ballots that were mailed in by the deceased before their expiring.  I guess they see that their electorate is dying off fast.

    The GOP controlled body passed a voter ID bill which the state supreme court struck down just before the  November 2006 election.  New voter ID legislation has been introduced in every session since.  In 2006 the GOP did however succeed in eliminating "straight ticket" voting.  

    They have also opposed all legislation to make early voting easier.

    I'll need some room for this...

    by duckhunter on Fri May 13, 2011 at 02:01:30 PM PDT

  •  Today's Proud Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    Today's Republicans proudly follow in the the footsteps of their intellectual fore-bearers:  slave-owners, Confederates, the Jim Crow segregationists, those who lynched non-whites who tried to vote or live with any dignity and self-respect, and those who set bombs in churches.  

    Shame on Republicans.  History will condemn them.

  •  Here in Tennessee, (2+ / 0-)
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    the Repubs have been doing this sort of thing for years.

    In predominantly Democratic districts (read Black or poorer neighborhoods), they routinely restrict the number of actual voting machines. This forces many of the people in these districts to choose between voting and going to work; obviously, work wins out more often. They also put defective voting machines in these districts. Both of these practices create long lines and long waits; it's so off-putting that many people in these districts literally give up and go home.

    These practices are covered by the local news every cycle, but in a deep-red state like this it's practically a point-and-laugh kind of story. Nothing ever gets done about it. Nevertheless, many polling places were forced to extend their hours in '08 by extremely enthusiastic voters (not that they ultimately made much difference in the state's total votes).

    There are two types of Republicans: millionaires and suckers.

    by Phil T Duck on Fri May 13, 2011 at 02:59:24 PM PDT

  •  National VOTING Day (2+ / 0-)

    Make it a holiday.

    Make it mandatory that all states allow vote by mail.
    Australian vote.

  •  F-word is the end game for the radical right (1+ / 0-)
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    flavor411

    The current system of money-driven politics (aka legalized corruption) is their next best thing, short of out-and-out rule by the billionaires (and their corporations), but it does open opportunities for both parties to sell out (and have they...)  However, as long as money is the most important determination in getting someone elected, our politics will continue to drift rightward, because that is where the deep pockets are.

    Unfortunately, either approach (fascism or just corrupt democracy) leads to a system where demographics probably won't matter much...

    I put my faith in the people, But the people let me down. So I turned the other way And I carry on, anyhow - Rare Earth, I Just Want To Celebrate

    by Spiny on Fri May 13, 2011 at 03:56:27 PM PDT

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