Republicans continue efforts to suppress the vote
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Nov 26, 2013
Shaming the GOP for its determination to shave a few points off Democratic election turnout obviously hasn't had an impact. Unblushable, the party is still at it. Instead of doing all they can to encourage every eligible person to vote, Republicans have been relentlessly imposing new restrictions to make it harder:
Working ballot by ballot, county by county, the Republican Party is attempting to alter voting laws in the biggest and most important swing states in the country in hopes of carving out a sweeping electoral advantage for years to come.
Changes already on the books or in bills before state legislatures would make voting harder, create longer lines, and threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters from Ohio to Florida, Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, Georgia to Arizona and Texas.
In Florida on Monday, for instance, the secretary of state imposed new restrictions requiring completed absentee ballots to be returned solely to local supervisors' offices. This raised the eyebrows of a number of local election supervisors, including:
"The potential effect on voters is that it reduces opportunities for them to return their ballots," said Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, adding she was not consulted by the state. "This is not promoting ballot accessibility. I'm very worried about this. I'm just stunned."
Detzner's order could have its biggest impact in Pinellas, where Clark promotes voting absentee and is planning for the upcoming special election [in March] in Congressional District 13 to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young.
In 2012, 250,000 voters cast absentee ballots in Pinellas county, more than in any other Florida county and more than 10 percent of the statewide total for absentees. Some 105,000 of those ballots, 42 percent, were dropped off at 14 branch locations chosen by Clark. Those are barred under the new rules.
The Brennan Center for Justice, which closely follows changes and attempted changes in voting laws, released a list earlier this month of what's been happening in the year since the 2012 presidential election. Among the findings:
• At least 90 restrictive bills have been introduced in 33 states.
• 18 of those bills are still pending in seven states.
• Eight states have already passed nine restrictive bills this session.
#2 Nov 26, 2013
TOTAL LEFTIST, LIBERAL CRAP. NO references, no verifiable FACTS, all speculation, from an unvetted source.
Stop making all of the STUPID EXCUSES to NOT vote in person on election day. Yes, many do have legitimate reasons to use an absentee ballot, but many of these ballots are BOGUS, and the liberals have gone to great lengths to BEND THE RULES to BREAK THEM, and that is a proven FACT. If you are breathing, have a sound mind, and CARE about your vote, then vote in PERSON on Election Day, unless you KNOW that you won't be in town.
#3 Nov 26, 2013
You could verify any of the claims on Google, if you were bright enough to know how to use it.
#4 Nov 26, 2013
Google puts out all kinds of liberal, leftist CRAP, and that's a fact. It doesn't mean that those sources are LEGITIMATE, FACTUAL, and VETTED.
Did you hear about the "60 Minutes" reporter who just got "suspended" about the Bengazi 9/11 raid??
#5 Nov 26, 2013
Google is as neutral as you can get. You are just so far to the right that all main stream media looks leftist to you.
Good job of trying to change the subject though. I'll take that as an admission of defeat.
#6 Nov 27, 2013
Republicans will do everything in their power to make it harder for the poor, the elderly and the handicapped to vote. To the GOP this is fair.
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