The Republican war on (democratic) voters


Since the Republicans lost the election in 2008, republican legislatures around the country, aided by party operatives, have been working dilligently to make sure as few democrats as possible will be able to vote.

An estimated 5 million voters- overwhelmignly democrats, will be barred from voting. This is on top of another 5.3 million citizens with a felony conviction (overwhelmingly black, latino, and democratic) who will be barred from voting- a staggering number of who were convicted of non-violent drug related crimes. And make no mistakes- some of the most crucial primary election states- Iowa, Florida, and Virginia ban convicted felons from ever being able to vote again- a move which permanently bars mostly young black men, who overwhemingly vote democratic.

“At least thirty-three states have introduced voter ID laws this year (2011). In addition to Wisconsin, Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina and Tennessee have passed similar bills. Only a veto by Democratic Governor John Lynch prevented New Hampshire from enacting a law the Republican House speaker admitted was advanced to make it harder for “liberal” students to cast ballots.”

The most common tatic used is simply requiring voters to present photo ID. But the underlying truth is 1 in 10 americans have no photo ID- particularly youth, minorities, and the elderly. Youth and minorities are overwhemingly democratic voters. And some states, such as Texas, go the extra step and exempt the elderly from their law to protect as many republican votes as possible.

In Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker (yes- the union busting gov.) signed a voter ID law into effect, and then proceeded to close or curtail hours of DMV’s in democratic rich parts of the state, while expanding hours in republican rich areas of the state.

“… that 3.3 million eligible voters in the affected states — Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin — don’t have such IDs now. Other Americans would be affected by laws in Alabama, Texas, and Kansas requiring proof of citizenship when they register to vote, and by new restrictions on same-day voter registration in Florida, Texas, and Maine (which eliminated it entirely). Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia also cut back on early voting, and two states — Florida and Ohio — reversed earlier changes that had made it easier for convicted felons to recover their eligibility to vote.” “source”

They often couch their discrimination in terms of preventing voter fraud, but numerous studies such as this show voter fraud to be pratically nonexistent- with rates ranging from .0003% to .000009%. For example Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach (R) who insists voter fraud is an issue- based on 221 alleged cases over 13 years, out of over 10 million votes.

For millions, especially the working poor- getting a government issued ID is no easy task. It requires transportation, which many lack. It requires taking time off from work, which many literally can not afford. (and as anyone who has dealt with the DMV, or the county to get a birth certificate knows- this can hours, if not multiple trips). And getting an ID costs money itself- again something in short supply for many.

Years ago- I had my wallet stolen, and learned first hand just how hard it is to get an ID when you have no ID. It’s truly a through the looking glass affair- one that took me months and countless hours to remedy.

The effects of this assault are clear- it’s the new Jim Crow laws, meant to disenfranchise the historically democratic poor and minorities. And 5 million disenfranchised voters is no meaningless number- it is greater then the margin of victory in 2 of the last 3 presidential elections. And add to this the disenfranchised felons- and we are talikng 10 million give or take democratic votes stolen.

For a party that claims to hold the constitution in such high regard to steal one of our most basic rights is despicable. But as we have increasingly seen with the Republican controlled House since the midterm elections- the new republican philophys is clear: “If you don’t think like us- your opinion doesn’t matter. And if you don’t vote for us- your vote doesn’t count”.

The direction this attitude is taking us is nothing short of alarming.

http://www.thenation.com/audio/164047/ari-berman-republican-war-voting-could-disenfranchise-five-million-voters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-state-by-state-crusade-to-disenfranchise-voters/2011/07/25/gIQAsMmpaI_story_1.html

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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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7 Responses to The Republican war on (democratic) voters

  1. G says:

    One fraudulent vote for Candidate A disenfranchises one legal vote for Candidate B.

    A large majority of the American public want voter ID laws including a majority of Democrats, so let’s not attempt to make this a Republican only issue. A majority of Hispanics want voter ID laws too. I’ve not seen any proof that voter ID laws have disenfranchised any voters in the states that already have the laws in place. In fact, black voter turn out increased in Georgia, Indiana, and Mississippi after voter ID laws were enacted in those states.

    I live in SC, and the state will provide free transportation and a free ID for someone who is unable to get it otherwise. That seems reasonable to me.

  2. G says:

    I meant to add…

    I hope you are aware that Jim Crow laws were from the Democrat party and that segregation was ended by Republicans. Just as slavery was ended by Republicans. Since the inception of the Republican Party, it has been the party of freedom. From fellow Republicans Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. to those yet to come, we will continue to strive for all Americans to be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

  3. And what does that have to do with the situation today? Do the Republicans really have to reach back more then a half century to find an example of being friendly towards minorities. (hint: the answer starts with “Y” )

  4. talesfromthelou says:

    Looking at it from Canada, I think you guys are doomed. Is there any way out for the USA ?
    Middle-class disintegration, poverty, almost one million Americans behind bars for weed, cities and infrastructure falling apart, and the list goes on…

  5. G says:

    Canada, we’re not doomed yet, but we’re on our way… still time to turn it around, though.

    Drugs, it has everything to do with today. It is a preposterous allegation that Republicans are suddenly racist when for the entire history of the party’s existence they have fought for freedom and to treat people as individuals. Spend a couple hours one day truly researching it and I’m confident you will find the truth. Once you do, you’ll feel obliged to share it with others.

    The truth will set us free.

    • I won’t say republicans are the only racists. But one need look no further then a red state/blue state map overlaid with a map of racism related events to see the overwhelming correlation.

      Of course on many of these states we also see the “blue dog democrats” – largely democrat in name only.

  6. G says:

    I would like to research this map of racism related events. Can you tell me where I can find it? I found one on gang violence through a search engine, but not the map you spoke of.

    Thanks.

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