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Voter Suppression and Voter ID Laws 101

There are approximately 314,000,000 people living in the United States. In 2008 a little over 129,000,000 voted. According to a link I found on factcheck.org (http://www.factcheck.org/2009/01/2008-voter-turnout/) 61.6% of those that could legally vote did.

It’s amazing to me that more people don’t vote. Voting may be one of the greatest rights we have in this country. Second amendment enthusiasts keep your panties on, until I’m able to own a nuke I don’t want to hear a word from you, but that’s another argument for another day.

Campaigns are constantly trying to encourage voters to vote. Right? Well…yes and no. They want you to vote, but only if it is likely you will vote for them. That’s how you win, right? Wrong. I agree, you should energize, convince and campaign for people to vote for you, but you shouldn’t disenfranchise others or create laws that make it harder for others to vote.

Is this really a problem?

Yes, in fact it is. There are 19 states that have been hard at work attempting to change their laws that make it harder for some to vote. They are: Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Kansas, and Wisconsin.

Here’s a breakdown of each state’s political leadership by party.

Total Democratic Control of State Government:

West Virginia

Governor – D

Senate – D

House – D

Majority of State Gov has Democratic Control:

Rhode Island 

Governor – Independent

Senate – D

House – D

Total Republican Control of State Government:

Alabama

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Florida

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Georgia

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Indiana

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Kansas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Maine

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Michigan 

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Mississippi

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Pennsylvania

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Ohio

Governor – R

House – R

Senate – R

South Carolina

Governor – R

Senate  – R

House – R

Tennessee

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Texas

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Virginia

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – R

Majority of State Gov has Republican Control:

New Hampshire

Governor – D

Senate – R

House – R

Wisconsin

Governor – R

Senate – R

House – D

Are you noticing a trend?  The majority of prohibitive voter id laws are in red states.  Shocking?  Not hardly.

Here’s a nifty little link which will take you to a website with an interactive map of the US.  You can simply click on your state to get voter laws.  You may want to check it out as we near election season.

http://campusprogress.org/articles/interactive_map_voter_suppression_efforts_by_state/

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Foley Comeback? HAHAHA!
November 13, 2008, 8:35 pm
Filed under: politics, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

“There was never anywhere in those conversations where someone said, ‘Stop,’ or ‘I’m not enjoying this,’ or ‘This is inappropriate’ … but again, I’m the adult here, I’m the congressman,” Foley said. “The fact is I allowed it to happen. That’s where my responsibility lies.”

A little quote from the former Congressman Foley.  Apparently it is okay to talk dirty to teens if they don’t ask you to stop.  HELLO!!??!!  He also goes on to say, they were 17 and nearly men…so it’s not a big deal.  HUH???

I’ll admit I was torn between amusement and shock reading this on the way to work this morning!  At the very least, I figured I’d have something to blog about tonight!  That’s right, I enjoy blogging about other people’s misery.  Don’t like it, don’t read.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/washingtonpostinvestigations/2008/11/foley_speaks_out.html?nav=rss_blog



Coleman and Franken Continue to Duke it Out.

Well good times ahead for the state of Minnesota.  I can’t even believe the good people of Minnesota would elect Norm Coleman once, let alone twice.  Although it is too early to tell.  About 200 votes separate the candidates.  Nearly 2.5 million people voted in this senate seat election.

I do find it ironic the Republicans have found themselves in their own version of Democratic Hell.  Remember Katherine Harris of Florida?  UGH!  As if any of us could forget, right?!  Well they are now alleging Minnesota’s Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is a Communist!   HAHAHA.  Does this sound familiar?  When you can’t win fairly make up allegations.  I wonder, did they come up with this all on their own, or did Congresswoman Bachmann give them the idea.

Give ’em Hell Al!! 

By the way Norm, it aint over till the fat lady sings, and I ain’t singin yet!

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/senate/34200229.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DUqEiaDUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU



Election Night…

Well this has brought out so many feelings in me…

First off my husband and I do not see eye to eye when it comes to politics.  He works in the political arena…meaning we have been “campaigning” for the last 18 months.  Seriously…I have often felt that this election was never going to come.  I’ll be grateful to have his Republican ass at home…so I can gloat! 

Now, it’s very exciting tonight to see Obama sweeping the nation.  Big wins for us in Ohio and probably Florida…we shall see.  I am still waiting to see if my state of Virginia does me proud.  The damn polls have been closed for over 2 1/2 hours and we don’t know the outcome.  Count the bleeping votes already! 

I am disappointed to see my hope of a clear majority in the Senate not coming true.  Although, that majority would have been counting that bastard Lieberman…so…you do the math.  I say kick his ass out of our anything.  That traitor can take a hike.  I would like to remind people that the two Maine “RHINOs” (Collins and Snowe) will hopefully vote with us! 

Quite honestly, I don’t know about anyone else, but I am EXHAUSTED.



The People in Florida…Getting Screwed Again?
November 3, 2008, 10:40 pm
Filed under: election 2008, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

So far there has been 10,000 problem calls from people attempting to vote…Florida tops the list. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/03/voter.hotline/index.html



McCain Losing Ground in Ohio and Florida…
October 28, 2008, 8:01 pm
Filed under: election 2008, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , ,

BUMMER!!  Not really. 

Obama is gaining strength in both states.

I wondered in 2004 how Ohio and Florida went for George W. Bush.  Did Floridians wake up and think awe what the Hell, he’ll just do what he did in 2000 and steal our votes so we’ll save him some trouble and just vote for him?  As for Ohio, how many jobs will that state have to lose before they vote Blue?  According to the polls they too have apparently had enough!

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/



Let the Games Begin…

As we all know, voter registration is at an all time high.  Now I don’t doubt for a minute that there are some not so real people registered to vote.  What I find amusing is apparently they are all Obama supporters?  Fake registrations don’t really help anyone.  Think about it, how is the fake person going to actually vote?? 

Anyway…

Georgia right now is feeling what Florida felt in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.  Basically a potential voter is flagged and poof they get a letter.  Now if they can respond in time, fine.  Apparently there are cases where they can not.  I don’t quite understand this.  Then they can vote on a provisional ballot, that may or may not be counted!

Am I kidding?  Unfortunately I’m not.  Interestingly enough Georgia has a Republican Senate seat that is in trouble.  Saxby Chambliss is being hunted like the wild pig he is.  I’d be curious if this was an issue 2, 4, or 6 years ago when Georgia was safely Republican. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/26/voter.suppression/index.html




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