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If I was going to do anything that I thought was most important in this election, I would support any efforts to get out the vote, especially in those states where it is obvious voter suppression is going to possibly make the difference.

I get many (way too many) emails from various orgs asking for my dimes (which are limited) and I would prefer to throw them at anyone who designed some concrete steps to challenge voter suppression.

For example, are there ways to figure out who has been scrubbed from the voter rolls?

In states where they have introduced voter ID laws, are there efforts to get those disenfranchised by those laws to procure IDs?

Are there any legal organizations devoted to this issue? Are challenges being prepared beforehand?

I do not think the Dems are going to beat the GOP on general fundraising.

On a tangent to that, I do wonder why Democrats have not asked why they haven't made a big deal about the fact that if the ridiculous amount of money being poured into this presidential campaign, had instead been invested in creating jobs in this country, where would we be today?

To me it has all been about the Republicans grabbing power back and the best way they could do that was to refuse to support any Obama initiatives that would have moved the country ahead. Why not make more of a issue of pointing that out?

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  •  well, for starters (2+ / 0-)
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    http://www.866ourvote.org

    This is a coalition; it does lots of good work.

    Voter purge information is hard to generalize about, because counties still have a lot of control in a lot of states. It's increasingly easy to find out, at least, whether you're still registered.

    I haven't kept track of all the court challenges to all the voter ID laws and other cases. One organization I love, Advancement Project, is in with the ACLU on the lawsuit in Pennsylvania where the judge recently refused to grant an injunction.

    I know there are efforts to organize people who need voter ID, but I can't tell you specifics at this point. Sorry, I should be paying more attention, but that's also true of a dozen other things.

    As to your last two questions -- (1) I don't think it would be obvious to most voters how the money being poured into the campaign could be poured into job creation instead -- and anyway, Both Sides Do It. (Sigh.) (2) I think Obama is campaigning, and will continue to campaign, against Republican obstructionism to some extent. However, he probably doesn't want his campaign message to sound like "it's not my fault I've accomplished so little," so he wants to be careful how he frames this.

    Election protection: there's an app for that!
    Better Know Your Voting System with the Verifier!

    by HudsonValleyMark on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 07:52:29 PM PDT

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