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GOP voter suppression bills could keep more than 5 million Democratic voters away from the polls

Restrictive voting laws in states across the country could affect up to five million voters from traditionally Democratic demographics in 2012, according to a new report by the Brennan Center. That’s a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.

The new restrictions, the study found, "fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities. This wave of changes may sharply tilt the political terrain for the 2012 election."

The study found that:

  • These new laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.
  • The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
  • Of the 12 likely battleground states, as assessed by an August Los Angeles Times analysis of Gallup polling, five have already cut back on voting rights (and may pass additional restrictive legislation), and two more are currently considering new restrictions

You can read the full report here (PDF).  I know this going to upset some of you who see yourselves as Republican but this kind of stuff is just evil.  I am not overly impressed with Barack Obama’s record and if I was American, Gov. Chris Christie would be an intriguing choice for Republican nominee but there are things happening to the GOP that go beyond partisan politics and just cross a line that should never be crossed.  Voter suppression laws are one of them.  So are threatening the government with default or blocking a president’s nominees with silent holds for partisan purposes.  The GOP has taken the United States to a place where it never should have gone and even if they win in 2012, they will have to pay the consequences of doing some of these things.  Either way there are dark times ahead for the United States.

Update: As I was just reminded; The Sask Party had some voter suppression policies of it’s own until this morning.

3 Comments

  1. R. Mowat says:

    I don’t know all that’s entailed in these laws, but expecting a would-be voter to show ID doesn’t seem outrageous to me.

  2. Potential voters should have to prove their identity and citizenship in order to vote.

    Have you been enumerated yet for the provincial election? The enumerators don’t even require identification or any kind of proof that one is eligible to vote. From everything that I’ve seen and heard, it would be quite simple for me to vote if I chose to do so even though I am not a citizen.

  3. Mike O says:

    These rules seem to focus primarily on the ability to register to vote, not the ability to actually vote. So, if a person desires to register, they can start now and collect the necessary documentation, and, if they need it, have plenty of time to round up what’s needed.

    As far as the costs, and the publicity of low cost registration (that is, low cost documentation for registration), there are plenty of groups that can and probably would do this. It’s not likely to raise controversy, it’s pretty hard to swap a birth certificate for a bottle of Mad Dog 20-20.

    As far as felons voting – that’s open to debate. It is possible – http://www.ehow.com/how_5276432_expunge-felony-record.html – and common to have the felony expunged.

    I think this paper is one-sided. These states aren’t trying to specifically exclude anyone who can legitimately vote.

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