Good Friday 24 August, 2012. Join us for the week wrap, and what has become the biggest, most scandalous, vile news event:
Republican vote stealing. Republican led state legislatures changing laws to keep registered voters from their constitutional right to VOTE!
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One of the biggest most scandalous, profane, vile news events of election 2012, Republican VOTER SUPPRESSION.
Your vote is literally being stolen. We must stand to this horrific Republican strategy.
May we never forget the barriers African Americans, and women have overcome historically. Traditionally suppressed, and oppressed African Americans were subjected to poll taxes, grandfather clauses, literacy tests, brutality, and of course loss of life… all in the name of fighting for, and gaining the right to vote, and voter participation.
Today, in the year 2012, voter accessibility is literally being stolen by Republicans state legislatures. This is clear, simple, coordinated, orchestrated VOTER SUPPRESSION.
Election officials are changing polling hours in Ohio, and cutting Sunday voting. Voter ID laws impacting, suppressing, and oppressing 758,000 voters are being challenged in Pennsylvania. And the blatant theft of your constitutional right is happening across America in Republican led state legislatures.
>> Thank you MSNBC, ‘The ED Show,’ Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, & Former Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner.
“Vote Stealing: Republicans on Track To Steal Ohio in November”
“Published on Aug 24, 2012 by politicalarticles
Republican Voter Suppression Tactics:http://www.politicalarticles.net/blog/tag/republican-voter-suppression-tactics/“
“Voter Suppression in America”
“Voting rights are under attack in this country as state legislatures nationwide pass voter suppression laws under the pretext of preventing voter fraud and safeguarding election integrity. These voter suppression laws take many forms, and collectively lead to significant burdens for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right.
During the 2011 legislative sessions, states across the country passed measures to make it harder for Americans – particularly African-Americans, the elderly, students and people with disabilities – to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. Over thirty states considered laws that would require voters to present government-issued photo ID in order to vote. Studies suggest that up to 11 percent of American citizens lack such ID, and would be required to navigate the administrative burdens to obtain it or forego the right to vote entirely.
Three additional states passed laws to require documentary proof of citizenship in order to register to vote, though as many as 7 percent of American citizens do not have such proof. Seven states shortened early voting time frames, even though over 30 percent of all votes cast in the 2008 general election were cast before Election Day. Two state legislatures voted to repeal Election Day registration laws, though Election Day registration increases voter turnout by 10-12 percent. Finally, two states passed legislation making it much more difficult for third-party organizations to register voters – so difficult, in fact, that some voter registration organizations are leaving the states altogether.
Despite this frenzy of state legislation to counteract so-called voter fraud and to protect the integrity of our elections, proponents of such voter suppression legislation have failed to show that voter fraud is a problem anywhere in the country. Aside from the occasional unproven anecdote or baseless allegation, supporters of these laws simply cannot show that there is any need for them. Indeed, despite the Department of Justice’s 2002 “Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative” promising to vigorously prosecute allegations of voter fraud, the federal government obtained only 26 convictions or guilty pleas for fraud between 2002 and 2005. And other studies of voter fraud consistently find that it is exceedingly rare – a 2007 Demos study concluded that “voter fraud appears to be very rare” and a 2007 study by the Brennan Center found that “by any measure, voter fraud is extraordinarily rare.” The Voting Rights Project will continue to fight these laws that disenfranchise millions of eligible voters without any legitimate justification.”
“Pre-Election Legal Battles Target Voting Rules”
by PAM FESSLER
“If you vote, you might very well be confused about what the rules will be when you go to cast your ballot this fall. There’s been a flood of new laws on things such as voter identification and early voting, and many of them are now being challenged in court.
Some cases could drag on until Nov. 6, Election Day, and beyond. The outcomes will affect voters, and maybe even the results.”
“EVERY VOTER NEEDS TO READ THIS”
Fact: Voting is incredibly easy for every American. All you need is accurate, up-to-date information on how to cast a ballot where you live. Now more than ever, it couldn’t be more important for all of us to stay in the know on any changes in the law that could affect us on Election Day – and spread the word to our neighbors.
Millions of Americans fit into one of the following common, everyday scenarios. It’s on all of us to help make sure every one of them has the tools they need to vote this year.
You could be affected by changes in your states voting laws if:
- You’re married and changed your name
- You’re a student and want to vote where you go to school
- You’ve recently moved
- You don’t have a birth certificate and can’t afford to get one
- You’re a working parent, a small business owner, or a young professional who relies on weekend voting