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If GOTV is important to you, please recommend this diary ! This has information on how to voters can get registered and what identification they need to bring on election day. This diary treats nine crucial swing states. This information is not just provided so that Kossacks can get registered to vote, but also so that they can help others get registered to vote and enable others to have the proper id on election day.

We should be extending the franchise, making it easier to vote not more difficult. Unfortunately, Republicans, realizing that they cannot win if everybody votes, cynically for purely partisan gain, is employing Jim Crowe, poll tax type legislation. I find the current legislation extremely similar and wholly analogous to Jim Crow laws. They are designed to make it much more difficult for minority voters to vote. They affect minority ethnicities in a disproportionate way. It is intentional. The fact is that fraudulent voting is a nonexistent problem. There are very, very few fraudulent votes cast. There is only slightly more fraudulent voter registration (which is different). So, since there is not a problem in this area, no legislation is needed . Why try to solve a problem that does not exist? Moreover, this alleged "solution" is so , so much worse by orders of magnitude, than the allowing an infinitesimal amount of fraudulent voting, that it cannot possibly be reasonably justified !

This legislation may disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, or worse. The amount of fraudulent votes actually cast is tiny. There is no comparison. Even if there were much more fraudulent votes cast than is actually the case, would we not be infinitely better off by extending our democracy ?
Racism / Discrimination angers me greatly. We have three main weapons against it: first is the right to vote, second is education, and third is organizing and fighting against it through protests, marches, in the media, ...

The right to vote is fundamental to all other liberty and civil rights which are supposedly secured by our Constitution. Without it, we cannot retain the other rights. For that very reason, we must vigilantly fight and guard against encroachments on the right to vote, especially when they are intentional attacks which maliciously and materially discriminate against those who have been subject to discrimination throughout the history of this country.

This is why I post this information.

For information on registering and voting in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia please click here.

To check out how to register and how to vote in Iowa, Virginia, and Colorado, please click  here

For voter information on PA, FL, and OH, please clickhere :

Iowa
  is first (today as it should be lol)

Get registered to vote with your current name, at your current address, by ten days before the election. You can also register on Election Day at your polling place.

If you are registering to vote at the polls on Election Day, you must provide photo ID. Voters who register on Election Date have to prove both identity (photo ID) and residence – but your ID doesn’t need to have your current address. You can use one of the following items to prove your Iowa residency:

◦A residential lease
 ◦Property tax statement
 ◦Utility bill
 ◦Bank statement
 ◦Paycheck
 ◦Or any other government document with the current name and address

More information :
Iowa does not have a voter ID requirement, but you may be asked to show identification if:

◦You registered to vote after January 1, 2003, and have never voted in a Primary or General election in your county;
 ◦You have moved from where you are registered to vote;
 ◦You have moved from where you are registered to vote;
 ◦Your right to vote has been challenged;
 ◦The precinct election officials do not know you.

If one of these situations applies to you, be sure to bring one of the following pieces of identification to the polls:

◦a current and valid photo ID

Or any of the following documents, with your name and current address:

◦Current utility bill (including cell phone bill);
 ◦Current bank statement;
 ◦Current paycheck or government check;
 ◦Other current government document.

If you have additional questions about voting in Iowa, please contact: Iowa Secretary of State: 1-888-SOS-VOTE (1-888-767-8683);

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Virginia

Get registered to vote with your current name, at your current address, by 22 days before Election Day.

 To be registered for the November 6th, 2012 General Election, you must be registered no later than October 15th, 2012.

More info :
FIRST TIME VOTERS

If it’s your first time voting in a federal election in Virginia, be sure you bring one of the following types of identification containing your current and complete name and current address:

◦A current and valid photo ID (for example a driver’s license); OR
 ◦ A current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows name and address; OR
 ◦ Another government document that shows name and address (for example, a voter card).

ALL OTHER VOTERS

Make sure you bring one of these forms of identification in order for your vote to count:

◦A Virginia voter registration card
 ◦A valid Virginia driver’s license
 ◦A military ID
 ◦Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID
 ◦An employer issued photo ID card
 ◦A Social Security card
 ◦A student ID from a Virginia Public School
 ◦A student ID from any Virginia college or university
 ◦A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that has your name and address
 ◦For other acceptable forms of identification see here

Note: Any voter who forgets to bring acceptable ID to the polls may still vote, but will be required to submit the ID to the local electoral board by noon on Friday following the election, by fax, e-mail, mail, or in-person.

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Colorado

Get Registered to vote with your current name, at your current address, by 29 days before Election Day.

To be registered for the November 6, 2012 general election, you must register no later than October 9, 2012.

You can get your registration started right now.

On election day, make sure that you have

Make sure you have one of these pieces of identification, with your current name on it, with you at the polls:

◦A valid Colorado driver’s license;
 ◦A valid identification card issued by the Department of Revenue in accordance with the requirements of Part 3 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.;
 ◦A valid U.S. passport;
 ◦A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or of this state, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state;
 ◦A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the United States;
 ◦A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector;
 ◦A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and current address of the elector. For example

Our first state for our voter registration today is North Carolina.
The Voter Registration Process

To vote in North Carolina, a person who meets the qualifications above must sign and complete a voter registration application. When completing a voter registration application, be sure to provide your full name, residential address, date of birth, and citizenship status. In addition, do not forget to sign the form. Failure to complete a required field on the form will delay the processing of the application. After completion, send the form to the appropriate county board of elections. In order to vote in an election, the form must be received by the voter registration deadline.

If an application is complete, the county board of elections will notify registrants of their precinct and polling place assignments by mail (voter card). Voter registration applicants, who have met the voter registration deadline, should expect to receive their voter card within 1 to 2 weeks. The voter card is a non-forwardable mailing. If a voter card is returned by the postal service as undeliverable after two attempts, then an applicant’s voter registration may subsequently be denied. Applicants should contact their county board of elections if they do not receive their voter card within two weeks. Note: The applicant must have transmitted the registration application by the registration deadline; otherwise, the voter card will not be mailed until after the completion of the election.  

Voter Registration Deadlines

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina is 25 days before the day of an election

These people are not friendsof democracy :
What Constitutes A Vote

Pursuant to Section 301 (a)(6) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, codified as 42 U.S.C. § 15481(a)(6), and N.C.G.S. § 163-182.1(b), the State Board of Elections has developed these standards and procedures to define what is a vote and when that vote should be counted in circumstances in which voting systems are unable to determine the voter’s intent with respect to a marked ballot.

Curse them for that !
What ???
That is troubling - to say the least.

:

on election dayIf this is your first time voting in a federal election in North Carolina, you may be asked to show ID before you can vote on Election Day. Identification may include (but is not limited to):

 ◦A North Carolina driver’s license
 ◦Another valid photo ID
 ◦A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document that shows your current and complete name and current address.

If you’ve previously voted in a federal election in North Carolina, you don’t have to bring an ID with you to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in North Carolina, please contact: Elections Division: (919) 733-7173 or (866) 522-4723; elections.sboe@ncsbe.gov

Next up is  Nevada
Get registered to vote with your current name, at your current address, for the November 6, 2012 general election by October 6, 2012. If you miss the deadline to register online, by mail, at the DMV or through a voter registration drive, you can register to vote in person at your county clerk’s office up until October 16, 2012.
Click here for the form to register in NV
Here is what we need to know :
Here's what you need to know about registering in Nevada
•You need to be 18 or older on Election Day.
•You need to be a United States citizen.
•You need to be a resident of Nevada and the county in which you’d like to vote for 30 days before the election, and in the precinct for 10 days before the election.
•You can’t be a felon who has not had his or her right to vote restored.
•You can’t have been determined by a court of law to be mentally incompetent.
•You can’t have claimed any other place as your legal residence.
•If you’re a first-time voter who registers by mail, you’re required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don’t forget—your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in Nevada, please contact:

(775)-684-5705; nvelect@sos.nv.gov

On Election day
Nevada does not have a voter ID requirement in most cases, but if you haven’t yet voted in a federal election in Nevada, and didn’t show an ID when registering make sure you bring:

◦A current and valid photo ID that shows your physical address; or
 ◦A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or document issued by a governmental entity, including a check which indicates your name and address, but not including a voter registration card issued

In order to vote by mail, you need to provide:

◦A copy of a current and valid photo ID that shows your physical address; or
 ◦A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or document issued by a governmental entity, including a check which indicates your name and address, but not including a voter registration card.
 ◦If there is a question as to your physical address, the election board officer or clerk may request additional information.
 ◦These provisions do not apply to certain first-time voters. See if they applies to you.

If you have additional questions about voting in Nevada, please contact: Elections Division: 775-684-5705; nvelect@sos.nv.gov

I am enchanted by our last state today : New Mexico.
Get registered to vote with your current name, at your current address, by 28 days before Election Day.

To be registered to for the November 6, 2012 general election, you must register no later than October 9, 2012.

Hand delivered voter registrations, delivered directly to the county clerk, may be delivered until October 12, 2012 , if the voter registration is dated and postmarked by October 9.

You can get your registration started right now.

On Election day :
New Mexico does not have an identification requirement for voting, but if you are registering to vote for the first time in New Mexico, you must submit a copy of one of the following forms of identification along with your registration form:

 ◦(1) a current and valid photo identification; or
◦(2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address.

If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your first- time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

If you have additional questions about voting in New Mexico, please contact: Elections Division: 505.827.3600; diannaj.duran@state.nm.us

We must fight these voter suppression tactics of the Republicans through (1) beating them in the state legislatures / or winning governorships that will veto such Jim Crow type laws (2) beating them in court, (3) beating them in the court of public opinion and (4) getting our voters registered and to the polls on election day .
We can't let them win by trying to cheat the democratic process.

Due to space requirements, we will present 3 states at a time.

Our goal is to provide :

*  a link to new legislation - or articles about it
  a link to the new id requirements
 * a link to where voters can find where to go to get registered / check registration
 * a link to where voters can go to get the identification that they will need
 * a link to any legal action / attempt to combat the Jim Crow type legislation

Pennsylvania :

Here is what is different :

The new law dramatically changes the requirements by mandating: (1) YOU MUST SHOW AN ID EVERY TIME YOU VOTE, and (2) only a valid photo ID (as identified below) is acceptable.   The prior law only required you to present an ID if you were voting for the first time ever or voting for the first time in a new place (for example, when moving requires you to vote at a new polling place). And the prior law allowed you to identify yourself by showing photo or non‐photo ID with your name and address (for example, a utility bill, paycheck or bank statement).
OFA website for Pennsylvania voters

To get registered in PA click here

The registration form must be postmarked 30 days before election day.
The form asks for the last four digits of your social security number or your driver's license number. Identification cannot be expired by more than 1 year.
You can mail your form - so you don't have to present id to get registered, but you will need a valid photo id (or not expired by more than 1 year) to actually vote on election day. You must also have been a resident of your district in which you vote for at least 30 days prior to election day.

(717)-787-5280

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Florida

To register to vote in Florida, you need :

6.Provide your current and valid Florida driver’s license number or Florida identification card number. If you do not have a Florida driver’s license number or a Florida identification card number then you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have any of these items, you must write “none” in the box or field.
8.You must be registered for at least 29 days before you can vote in an election
The book closing dates for the 2012 election cycle are:

January 3, 2012………………Presidential Preference Primary
July 16, 2012……………………Primary Election
October 9, 2012………………General Election

On election day, to vote you need :
Florida requires a valid picture identification and a signature to vote. The following photo IDs will be accepted:

◦Florida driver’s license
 ◦Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
 ◦United States passport
 ◦Debit or credit card
 ◦Military identification
 ◦Student identification
 ◦Retirement center identification
 ◦Neighborhood association identification
 ◦Public assistance identification

If your photo identification does not contain your signature, you can show a second ID that does. For example: your student photo ID + your debit card.

call Florida’s Voter Assistance Hotline at 1-866-308-6739.

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Ohio

Voter Registration Drive in Ohio Resource

The registration deadline for Ohio is October 9 !

 :

Check to see if you are registered to vote in Ohio here

You may print our a copy of a voter registration form for Ohio here

Voter registration cards can also be found :

The office of the Secretary of State;
The office of any of the 88 county boards of elections;
The office of the registrar or any deputy registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles;
Public libraries;
Public high schools or vocational schools;
On election day :
A voter presenting an Ohio driver's license that shows the voter's former address is permitted to cast a regular ballot so long as the voter's current residential address is printed in the official poll list of registered voters for that precinct
Voter id that is acceptable on election day in Ohio :
The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on an Election Day include:

A current and valid photo identification card issued by the State of Ohio or the United States government; or
A military identification ("military ID"); or
An original or copy of a current utility bill; or
An original or copy of a current bank statement; or
An original or copy of a current government check; or
An original or copy of a current paycheck; or
An original or copy of a current other government document, other than a voter registration acknowledgement notification mailed by the board of elections, that shows the voter’s name and current address.
 

Questions about voting in Ohio - click here

9:04 AM PT: For many of these swing states, one must register to vote by October 6 or sooner. We have about 3 weeks to get our voters in these states registered. Thus, there is a serious time constraint coming up. Hence, the imperative in the title .

Originally posted to Vote4Obamain2012 on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Virginia Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The fact that we could think about GOTV (6+ / 0-)

    already shows that this campaign is going very well, and this is a great diary.

    The definition of INSANITY: Voting Republican over and over and over and expecting the economy to get better.

    by pollbuster on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 08:37:23 AM PDT

    •  Thank you. We must win for the good of the country (3+ / 0-)
      •  & for the good of the future (3+ / 0-)

        mitt scares me

        no ifs and or buts about it.......yes, hyperbolic fear but I picture 2 things

        1- some great sci-fi books have detailed a future where there are no longer any nation states but rather areas of Corporate control with everything even down to the people owned by a Corporation

        2- loose canon mitt with his finger on the big red nuke button

        •  1 seems very close. and 2 after willard's ready (3+ / 0-)

          fire, aim philosophy is so dangerous one could scarcely exaggerate it.

          Willard embodies why the economy crashed in 2007/2008. He is what is wrong with our country. His only core conviction is that he is entitled. He lives for himself. He caved to the far right in order to get their support. He makes no bones at all about being willing to lie to buy the Presidency (cf we will not let this campaign be dictated by fact checkers and choosing Ryan).
          People like that terrify me. That type of philosophy is exceedingly dangerous.

          And related to your second point, Willard wanted to prolong the Iraq War and has been beating the war drum for Iran repeatedly. Then, his ready, fire, aim fiasco on Libya was disgraceful.

          Dude simply cannot be trusted at all.

          I hope that we run Bain ads well after the election to punish him for his vulture capitalism. as a lesson to others.

          •  I also want to make sure that the (2+ / 0-)

            rmoney advisor who said that this is probably the last time anyone will try to win the White House based exclusively upon the white vote is correct.

            We must punish dogwhistle politics. We must. And when one tries to win based exclusively upon the white vote, then one engages in dogwhistle politics.

            If we beat them badly enough, especially in swing states with demographic changes, then they will be forced to reckon with the reality that they must win a significant percentage of non white votes. And what they will find is that this will require them to adjust their policies (eg. The Dream Act) and that tokenism (or picking a few Cuban Americans who oppose policies that help Hispanics) will not work. Alan Keyes got his * handed to him by then Senator Obama. Most women do not vote based upon the gender of the candidate, but about the policies, especially regarding women's rights, of the candidate. The same is true for African Americans and Hispanics in regard to race.

            When they realize this, things will come to a head. They will be confronted with the reality - like all other living things they must evolve or die. Either change their polices or know for certain that they will not win nationally and that the US Congress will increasingly fall in the hands of our party, the Democratic Party.

      •  Could this be republished to the area Kossack (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Vote4Obamain2012

        groups? A calendar with the dates, kept on the front page, would be excellent, if possible.

        My personal computer is limited, can't post without tagging on. Community computer better. Pardon tagging to comments, spelling, please.

        by CuriousBoston on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:29:52 AM PDT

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