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The Brennan Center for Justice has identified 189 electoral votes in 2012 coming from states with new restrictive voting laws.

Since the beginning of 2011, 13 states passed, or are on the verge of passing, restrictive voting laws that will impact the 2012 election. The states — Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia — make up 189 electoral votes, or 70 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
An additional three states — Alabama, Ohio, and Rhode Island — passed restrictive laws that will not be in effect in 2012. Ohioans will vote in November on a referendum to repeal their state’s law.
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee delves a little deeper into those numbers, and highlights the critical votes: those in the swing states, where as much as 80 electoral votes could be allocated.
Last year, Florida passed sweeping voter suppression legislation that raised barriers to everything from registering people to vote to actually casting a ballot. ][...]

The Department of Justice has objected to these provisions of the Florida law, placing its ultimate effect on the 2012 election in question.

Ohio was on track to become another swing state with a suppressive voting law in place for the 2012 election. House Bill 194, passed by the GOP-controlled legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich, made receiving absentee ballots more difficult while shortening the time for early voting. The measure is now subject to a SB5-style “people’s veto,” as citizens collected sufficient signatures to place the measure on the ballot this November. Consequently, implementation of the law has been suspended pending the outcome of that vote. [...]

Pennsylvania is another quintessential swing state with newly-passed suppressive voting legislation. The state’s GOP-controlled legislature approved HB 934 last week, and Republican Gov. John Corbett signed the voter ID bill into law. Opponents have pledged to fight the law in court, an effort that may be bolstered by recent decisions barring the enforcement ofWisconsin’s voter ID law.

Virginia Republicans took full advantage of their GOP tie-breaking vote in an evenly-divided state Senate to ram through a strict voter ID bill earlier this month. Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign it into law any day now. Since the measure must face Justice Department scrutiny under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, it may yet see the resistance faced by voter suppression bills in Texas and South Carolina.

That's 80 electoral votes in total, coming from states where the voting rights picture is still a little murky just seven months from the election.

It's also precisely the end game Republicans have been for in this all out effort to block the vote.

For more of the week's news, make the jump below the fold.

In other news:

  • Wisconsin's Department of Justice, as promised, has appealed a judge's ruling that blocked implementation of the state's new voter ID law.
  • The Colorado House passed a new voter ID bill. The bill has three hurdles now: the state senate, the governor, and the November ballot. Colorado's senate killed a similar bill last year.
  • On a roll, the Colorado House also defeated a bill that would have made intentionally misleading citizens about voting information during an election a felony. The law was introduced after what appeared to be a coordinated effort in 2008 to confuse the city of Pueblo's elderly Hispanic community to keep members from voting.
  • Nebraskans protested this week in Omaha over a plan to close nearly half of the city's polling places, most of which are in low-income or minority neighborhoods. Election commissioner David Phipps is thus far unmoved, and vows to keep those polling locations closed.
  • The Minnesota legislature, both House and Senate, passed a proposed constitutional amendment this week that would require photo identification at the polls. The House and Senate versions differ, with the Senate version amended to allow for student IDs from both private and public colleges, so the House will have to accept the Senate bill for it to move forward or go to conference. Because this is a constitutional amendment, it won't go to Gov. Mark Dayton, who vetoed similar legislation last year, but will go on the ballot for voter approval in November.
  • Finally, condolences to the friends and family of John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund who died late Thursday.
    President Barack Obama says in a statement that he and his wife were saddened to learn that their "dear friend" had died.

    The president calls Payton "a true champion of equality" who "helped protect civil rights in the classroom and at the ballot box."

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Barriers and Bridges.

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  •  Let us all hope this issue, but with Repugs (13+ / 0-)

    involved, there are so many, but let us hope this issue brings out the blue and independant-blue voter in DROVES!! They are doing anything they can to keep Obama from winning again. ANYTHING!

  •  Virginia isn't as bad as it could be (0+ / 0-)

    It is NOT a photo-ID law.  Photo IDs aren't required.   Any form of ID with a name and home or work address, including college/high school ID, utility bill, bank statement or paycheck is acceptable.

    Last year, roughly 0.3% of voters didn't have photo IDs (but then could vote via "affirmation of identity forms").   Many of those had one of the above IDs, so would now be able to vote.   So we're probably talking about 0.1% or so of the electorate not being able to vote (and even those have six days to affirm their identity -- if it's that close an election, they will all be contacted in plenty of time by the "losing" side).

    Still ridiculous and wrong-headed, but it probably won't be an issue for the Justice Department.

    •  I've always used my sample ballot (2+ / 0-)
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      Amber6541, yaque

      with address as ID, even though it's not required -- I've got a tricky enough name that poll workers get confused (they always want to switch the E and the L in my last name for some reason). I just figure having something in front of them makes it easier, especially when they're older folks whose hearing might have slipped just a bit.

      The optimist sees the glass as half-full. The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty. The realist just knows she's thirsty.

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:43:30 PM PDT

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    •  So, VA isn't a "strict" voter ID law state (1+ / 0-)
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      science

      ... and it doesn't look like the prohibitive photo-ID laws elsewhere. (Still, I think Virginia is under a voting rights Act order to clear restrictive voting laws with the DOJ or the courts.)

      This tees up the dilemma - under the archaic registration/qualification laws in all 50 states today - of needing some kind of ID. After all, voting involves two basic things: Are you the registered voter? And are you voting in the right place? (i.e. you get to vote only once these days, even in Cook County, IL.)

      So, isn't some kind of ID understandable in many instances? Perhaps the best approach is a free and easy-to-get ID card ... but isn't that precisely what civil liberties types (including me) bridle against?

      Virginia might present a closer case than we want to think.

      Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

      by TRPChicago on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:48:17 PM PDT

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  •  I've got a framing idea for the voter ID laws (10+ / 0-)

    The Repukes are all aghast when their 2nd Amendment rights are threatened. They get all pissy about "gun control laws". Let's start calling these "voter control laws" and see how they respond. After all, it they want to curtail a fundemental constitutional right to vote they should be happy with us doing the same to their precious penis replacements guns.

    "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

    From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

    by ontheleftcoast on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:10:29 PM PDT

    •  Good Idea - Proper Framing Is Very Important (1+ / 0-)
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      Might I suggest "Voter Denial Laws"?

      Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

      by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:44:44 PM PDT

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      •  It's probably more accurate but I want to strongly (2+ / 0-)
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        tie it to their precious guns. If they call the gun control laws "gun denial laws" then it would be the correct counter. Basically replace "gun" with "voter" in whatever framing they're using.

        "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

        From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

        by ontheleftcoast on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:51:23 PM PDT

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        •  And I was Thinking What Would Frank Luntz... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...call it. Trust me: I don't mind abusing the weak minds on the right.

          Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

          by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:44:09 PM PDT

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          •  We on the left are finally coming to terms (2+ / 0-)
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            with the importance of framing. It's harder for us, we're not pandering to low-information voters. But we can certainly make their low-information voters uncomfortable with their bigotry or ignorance. We can make it 100X harder for their leaders to spin something in a negative way.

            "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

            From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

            by ontheleftcoast on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:47:39 PM PDT

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            •  Frank Lutzisms (2+ / 0-)
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              In a recent Huffington Post piece, Grayson took aim at Luntz and the Republicans for their use of the phony term “job creators” to describe large U.S. corporations which have been eliminating jobs in America and creating them in China, India, and other foreign countries. Grayson points out that “job creators”, as well as other oft-repeated fake and misleading Republican phrases such as “death tax”, “energy exploration”, “climate change”, and “government takeover” are nothing short of propaganda.

              Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

              by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:20:16 PM PDT

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  •  I can't imagine what prompted this flurry of... (4+ / 0-)

    legislation.

    I live in Pennsylvania. My mother, who's 74, does not drive and has never had a photo I.D.

    Now, it won't be a problem for her. I'll make sure she has a photo I.D. ASAP. But what about Pennsylvanians who won't become aware of this nonsense until it's too late?

    It's on those of who are aware of what's going on to make sure that those who aren't get the proper I.D. before Nov. 6.

    It'll make victory that much sweeter.

    You're a piece of work, Tom Corbett.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:22:37 PM PDT

    •  Just remember (1+ / 0-)
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      At least some of that population without valid ID's normally vote REPUBLICAN.  Should be interesting if this BS blows up in the GOP's faces

      •  Enforcement logistics matter (1+ / 0-)
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        DSPS owl

        You can be sure that certain precincts will have valid ID checking as a very high priority and others...not so much.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:55:15 PM PDT

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    •  Too many people don't get it. (11+ / 0-)

      My dad was telling us how us how the photo ID law introduced in Nebraska is a great idea. He insisted that it would not stop anyone from voting and would not cost anyone money to comply with and could not be construed as people being required to pay a fee (for the ID) to vote because "if you're old enough to vote, you have a driver's license and you paid for that to drive not vote."

      Me: So, Mom, when does your current driver's license expire?

      Mom: Fifteen months.

      Me: Will you be able to get another? (She so knew where I was going with this).

      Mom (who had major retinal surgery a year ago) Nope, can't pass the eye test or legally drive a car anymore.

      Me: Oh. So are you planning to no longer vote as a result?

      Mom: Um...no. If this law passes, I'll be paying a fee for a state issued ID so I can still vote.

      Brother to dad: So, you were saying? This won't keep anyone from voting or cost anyone for the right of voting, right?

      Dad is against this measure now.

      People need reminded of what is really at stake and who will actually be affected.

    •  I can imagine (0+ / 0-)

      It comes from republicans who do not believe in fair elections or that every citizen is able to vote. they only want power and the only way for them to get it is to cheat. it began in 2000 with that history changing "election" for POTUS. you know, that election where nobody's vote counted?? and the POTUS was selected by the court. and then 2004 was a continuation of the right's focus on suppressing the vote. they're just continuing their plan is all.

      que toda la vida es sueño, y los sueños, sueños son...Calderón de la Barca

      by Mom to Miss M on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 08:54:47 PM PDT

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    •  Right. I'm volunteering to take folks to PennDOT (1+ / 0-)
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      who don't have driver's licenses, Republican or Democrat. This is an area where churches could be very effective, informing their congregations and recruiting volunteers to drive people to their local DMVs.  Don't let the bastards get you down.

      Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please -- Mark Twain

      by OnePingOnly on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 07:11:23 PM PDT

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  •  It's more like "voter obstruction laws" or "voter (8+ / 0-)

    discouragement laws," for my dough.

    There should be massive suing of these laws to tangle them up in courts, and massive national sign-ups to get people their ID's.

    This is a naked, cynical, evil grasp of power.

    "...be still, and cry not aloud; for it is an unholy thing to boast over slain men." Odysseus, in Homer's Odyssey

    by Wildthumb on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:25:05 PM PDT

    •  I think it was a Florida representative (5+ / 0-)

      on Countdown this week that made a great point -- in order to get a photo ID you usually need a birth certificate, and to get a birth certificate can cost around $35; if you're on a limited income $35 can be a lot of money. Add in the cost of the photo ID (not sure what it is in California these days -- have to go renew mine next week) and you're talking a nice little chunk of someone's monthly income; could make the difference between paying the light bill and getting to vote, and too many people would probably say "screw it" and go with the former.

      The optimist sees the glass as half-full. The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty. The realist just knows she's thirsty.

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:47:03 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, and in PA you need SS card to get a photo ID (0+ / 0-)

        even if you know your SS number but haven't seen your card in years, PennDOT will send you away to get the card, no matter what other ID you have, even a passport.
        But I do believe demographics are against the conservatives. That'swhy they're so afraid.

        Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please -- Mark Twain

        by OnePingOnly on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 07:18:32 PM PDT

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    •  a beginning, not the Repub end-game (3+ / 0-)

      On the one hand, the future voter demographics seem to be against the Conservatives (more minorities, less religion, more tolerance) .  

      However, it troubles me how much I have heard from my conservative friends (I was one 25 years ago, plus just bumping into true-believers here and there) about changing the entire voting structure.

      1) Voter ID & restrictions: discussed above

      2) Electoral changes: Instead of winning/losing an entire state's tally of delegates, it would be proportional by each congressional district in that state.  This brings the gerrymandering to the Presidential election.  IE, Obama wins Pennsylvania lets say 55-45.  but that really means he wins very heavily (say 60-40) in urban Philly & Pittsburgh, while losing squeakers in the carefully gerrymandered remaining districts.  Result?  Obama could win the popular vote, but still lose a majority of the electoral delegates.  This has been trial ballooned in several states, recently Pennsylvania.

      3) Senators appointed by States:  Either that state's governor or its local statehouse.  Basically repealing the 17th amendment and going back to the sometimes corrupt political appointment of Senators from before 1912. And lets not forget that the Senate could help Conservatives hold off changes they don't like, and is less proportional (two senators from sparse Red states like Wyoming cancels out a California or New York).

      4) Income qualification to vote: This has been coming up more and more lately, where voters should have "skin in the game."  The ones I've heard about are a) paying in more in taxes than you receive in benefits - adios students, lower 30% of wage earners, most retirees, and b) needing a level of property ownership/local-taxes for the state to give you the right to vote.  Why worry about demographics if you can pretty much eliminate voters that make less than $100K per year.

      I know some of these things seem pretty far out there, sorta tin foil hat or perhaps representing the fringe of the fringe among Conservatives. OTOH, if back in the 80s you told conservative-Vic that his Republican brethren wanted to not just outlaw abortion but outlaw birth control - well, I would have rolled my eyes and called you a Liberal idiot.

      •  That fourth one seems a lot like having the ol' (2+ / 0-)
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        Habitat Vic, Mom to Miss M

        property-owning white boy club do all the voting and power grabbing.

        Jesus, on every count these bastards want less democracy, not more. And they call us elitists. This should be rubbed in their faces.

        "...be still, and cry not aloud; for it is an unholy thing to boast over slain men." Odysseus, in Homer's Odyssey

        by Wildthumb on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:16:42 PM PDT

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  •  I cannot imagine this getting through a dem (2+ / 0-)
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    Cali Scribe, roadbear

    controlled leg in CA, but when it comes up I hope someone lets us know.

    I, for one, want to make my voice heard.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:32:17 PM PDT

    •  SCOTUS? (1+ / 0-)
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      roadbear

      Can you imagine our currently constituted 5:4 conservative SC overturning ANY of these miserable, transparently political laws?

      Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

      by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:47:06 PM PDT

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      •  No, I can't... which is why I don't want to see (2+ / 0-)
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        TerryDarc, roadbear

        any such thing passed in my state of CA (or anywhere else).

        Even for those that have to hold their nose to vote for Obama, it's the Supreme Court, Stupid! works.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:47:41 PM PDT

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        •  Even Scarier If Mitt Gets The Vote (Won't Happen) (3+ / 0-)
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          and replaces Ruth Bader-Ginsburg with another Clarence Thomas. Then it's 6:3 and we are DEAD! There would be no program the right couldn't run through.

          Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

          by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:27:22 PM PDT

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          •  I know. This is why, even for those that don't (1+ / 0-)
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            roadbear

            like the pres and won't for for him on many grounds, not voting should be akin to support for giving up a seat on the supreme court.

            I get REALLY mad at him sometimes. Actually, often. but it will be a cold day in hell when I don't vote and voting anything but dem gives us nothing but bad, bad and more bad.

            I'm WAY to the left of the pres, but wayer (!) to the left of the objects in the GOP.

            202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

            by cany on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:41:43 PM PDT

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    •  my guess is zip nilch nada (2+ / 0-)
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      some superminority wingnut republican can introduce legislation in CA, but they have no chance at all at passing it, much less overriding gov. brown's signature. not a meaningful category IMO.

      •  I think (and hope!) you are right, but I never (1+ / 0-)
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        roadbear

        "assume". Weirder things have happened.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:48:37 PM PDT

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        •  it's theoretically possible that alabama passes (2+ / 0-)
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          single payer public health insurance too, but a legislator introducing legislation to do so doesn't mean the state leg will pass such a thing.

          the GOP has a bare 34% in the state leg, and will likely fall below that threshold in november. they are desperately out of step with the voters of CA. democrats know that a large reason why they're in the supermajority is because of asian and latino voters.

          no way in hell will they let this sort of bill pass, because it would deprive them of their job in short order if it did. CA dems will screw us on corporate issues, but they're not dumb about voter access issues.

  •  The single greatest voter repression measure (1+ / 0-)
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    Mom to Miss M

    that the Republican Party has perpetrated this year is the field of stinky goo-heads they consider to be presidential candidates.

    Honesty is not a policy, it's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:40:26 PM PDT

  •  Anyone know how voter registration works in Iraq? (0+ / 0-)

    Just wondering if BushCo made everyone pop over to Dave's Desert DMV for new Photo IDs before they got their purple fingers on.

    Rep. Pete King: an actual "domestic terrorist".

    by here4tehbeer on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:40:54 PM PDT

  •  I wonder if people are going to vote Democratic (0+ / 0-)

    at the state and local levels.  These Republican controlled state legislatures are troubling.

  •  Okay, let ask the question (0+ / 0-)

    Should ONLY people that are qualified to vote actually vote?

    Should there be a system in America that requires people to show that they are qualified to vote actually vote in America?

    Should those that are infirmed or otherwise unable to vote have a venue to vote?

    Like most countries on the planet, should everyone that votes show that they have are eligible to vote?

    Just wondering what the issue is here on voting rights.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:43:43 PM PDT

  •  Just Like the Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    No ideas, but they crave power. So they try to game system.

    Then the repubs don't believe in government anyway. Deliver us.

    "Mitt Romney is, primarily, a corporation. If he is a person, it is only via the transitive property foisted upon us by the Supreme Court." Hunter

    by wild hair on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:44:28 PM PDT

  •  The new Republican motto: If you can't win, cheat! (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Imagine if the GOP tried governing (1+ / 0-)
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    Mom to Miss M

    in a way that would make people more likely to vote for them instead of trying to cheat their way to victory? Too much work, I guess.

    Mitt Romney's Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What Your Gonna Get!

    by kitebro on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:52:45 PM PDT

  •  Does anyone seriously think this would be (0+ / 0-)

    happening if Obama was white?

    "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by bobski on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:54:14 PM PDT

    •  No way (0+ / 0-)

      If any other democrat...again...democrat..was whte, this wouldn't be an issue.

      - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

      by r2did2 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:56:44 PM PDT

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    •  yeah probably (2+ / 0-)
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      The republicans can no longer win a presidential election without cheating because of demographics. Since 1988 the have lost the popular vote every election except 2004 which was close. I don't think this is about Obama, people without photo id's tend to vote democratic.
      I still think the issue is overblown but it just is unamerican. I doubt it will make or break the election.

    •  yup (2+ / 0-)
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      this would be happening no matter who was president, because the republicans can read demographic predictions as well as anyone else. they know that if blacks, asians, latinos and young people of all races are allowed to vote, they don't have a chance in the decades to come. hence the voting barriers.

    •  yep (1+ / 0-)
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      because it started a while ago.  Remember the voting fiasco of 2000? and its sister election of 2004? both were stolen.

      que toda la vida es sueño, y los sueños, sueños son...Calderón de la Barca

      by Mom to Miss M on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:04:08 PM PDT

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  •  Illinois? Solidly Democratic Illinois? (1+ / 0-)
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    How can it be on this list?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 01:54:32 PM PDT

  •  Oklahoma ID Laws (4+ / 0-)
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    For the last two elections I have had to show a drivers license to vote at my precinct.  I am not sure of the exact laws but I noticed we are not on the map.  
    I have thought about protesting and refusing but I also prefer to have my vote counted.
    With the state government controlled by the far right we are taking our government back.....to the 1800's.
    On another note, was very happy to have the president visit our state this week but extremely unhappy with our elected officials which all snubbed his appearance.  I do want to thank OKC mayor Mick Cornett for showing up to greet the president.  Not all republicans are A-Holes but too many are.

    •  I had to show an ID to vote in OKLA in Feb 2012 (0+ / 0-)

      80 % of success is showing up

      Corporate is not the solution to our problem

      Corporate is the problem

      by Churchill on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:13:37 PM PDT

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    •  I gave them my voter registration card (0+ / 0-)

      The same elderly ladies who run my polling place have seen me almost every election for the past 10 years, but rules is rules.

      Our state leadership is an embarrassment indeed. Mick Cornett seems to be at least marginally sane.

      A little blue dot in a vast sea of red.

      by deha on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 05:59:44 PM PDT

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  •  Notice Florida is on the list. (1+ / 0-)
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    Mom to Miss M

    As someone who has lived here for too many years, I just roll my eyes anymore. This state has always been in the top 5 for most corrupt, and stupid. Sunshine state? Yeah, mebbe if you're talking booze, and stills disappeared when Prohibition was outlawed.

    Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

    by orlbucfan on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:14:49 PM PDT

  •  The Bastards Never Quit (3+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, COBALT1928, exterris

    Trying to Turn OUR Democracy into a Bananna Republik.

    Complete with Government Serveilance and Rigged
    Elections.

    I Had absolutely No Idea that there were So Many
    Electoral Votes now under New Voting Laws.

    Thanks for the Excellent Diary.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:18:10 PM PDT

  •  Introducing Legislation in Oregon (2+ / 0-)
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    A point where people need to be a little more careful is assigning too much meaning to the fact a bill has been "introduced."

    I don't know if this is true for other states, but in Oregon, something like 3,000 bills are introduced every legislative session.  Of that group, maybe 900 (I'm just grabbing numbers here) actually have a hearing scheduled or see any action.

    That means roughly 2/3 of the bills introduced disappear down the black hole in the middle of a Bermuda Triangle.  They have as much chance of becoming law as I have of flapping my arms and flying to the moon.

    Consequently, often at the insistence of a constituent, you'll see wacky bills introduced dealing with bizarre aspects of abortion, the death penalty, backyard burning, and making the Kingsmen version of Louie Louie Oregon's official rock song....

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    •  Thanks for this comment, Bill. (1+ / 0-)
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      I live in Oregon and wondered why it was "Red"(not in the usual sense!) on the map with this article.
      Joan, why is Oregon included in the states that had legislation introduced to block electoral votes  ? I don't see a mention of this in your article.

      Thanks

  •  I always present my Drivers License (2+ / 0-)
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    at the sign in table. The old ladies look at me, and exclaim, "lord have mercy, it's the Lone Librul" or some such, know my name and start flipping thru the pages to find it, but I never take it for granted that they know me or remember me. I see no harm in asking for ID. But, when states and municipalities require more than a photo ID, then that's b.s. and voter suppression.

  •  The end of EDR in MN (7+ / 0-)

    Mary Kiffmeyer has been trying to effectively end election day registration in MN since her all too long tenure as Secretary of State. She was never able to advance any legislation to restrict voting access.

    MN Majority calls for the end of EDR on its website claiming fraud. I am on their email list just to keep an eye on the enemy. They had a facebook page with an open wall on which I posted all the evidence against their lies. My posts were scrubbed and the page locked to posts within 12 hours.

    It is going to require heavy voter education and GOTV to prevent the passage of this amendment. Unfortunately low information voters are particularly susceptible to the " you need an id cash a check argument." They don't recognize the poll tax elements of the proposal nor that the MN State Constitution does not require an ID as an original intent.

    The student ID proposal in the Senate version is clearly a reaction to the WI challenges. Living in St Peter I  know that the local GOP hates that Gustavius Adolphus College students can vote in local elections. This is voter suppression at its finest. The only hope is that we turn out more voters than the GOP and EDUCATE EDUCATE EDUCATE.

    •  this reminds me (1+ / 0-)
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      that I never got my LTE written regarding our stoooopid ballot initiative on voter suppression coming up in November. I hope it dies at the ballot box! but, you're absolutely right: EDUCATION!!! I'll get that letter written soon!

      que toda la vida es sueño, y los sueños, sueños son...Calderón de la Barca

      by Mom to Miss M on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 09:08:45 PM PDT

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  •  Redistricting was THE Big Prize of 2010 (0+ / 0-)

    At this point, I can only hope that (somehow) the Right is in such an intense open civil war that our inability to think sufficiently long term about Election cycles ending in the number "0" won't matter so much next time.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:46:55 PM PDT

  •  Well Texas probably won't be implemented (2+ / 0-)
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    COBALT1928, roadbear

    until they get the legal issues straightened out.  So we may not need the IDs until next year.

    It sure will be crappy when you can use an NRA ID (no picture) but not a student ID (with piture)!

    Fox News: Rooting for America to Fail Since November 2008 (Jon Stewart)

    by Texnance on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:52:56 PM PDT

  •  Another difference between Democratic and (4+ / 0-)

    Republican politicians:

    Republican pols claim they like freedom, but Democrats want you to actually be free to vote.

  •  Freedom buses! (3+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541, roadbear, BlueStateRedhead

    I think every one of those states ought to host, willingly or otherwise, a big fat voter registration drive to get the voters their picture I.D.s.  Of course they'll pull every old trick out of the old southern hat ("clerk's day off, son, sorry") but it'll be a lot of fun and probably not quite as hazardous as in 1965, though you never know.

  •  Is there a war on everything around here? (0+ / 0-)

    Serious issues, but it's getting to be a tiresome phrase.

  •  Take California out of the picture (1+ / 0-)
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    dean033

    Yes, voter ID legislation was introduced, but it died in committee and is going nowhere.  There are large Dem majorities in both houses and a Dem governor, and putting California in the picture makes me suspicious of this whole campaign.

    Focus on the states where there is actual anti-voter law on the books or a strong risk of such law being introduced.

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